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Format: 2016-02-12
Format: 2016-02-12
Format: 2016-02-12

PHILADELPHIA, PA - The January 2016 issue of the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (PMHB) has now been published. The issue features essays exploring various facets of Pennsylvania history, an overview of recently processed collections at HSP, and book reviews. 

From January 27 through February 3, the new issue of PMHB will be freely available to readClick here to start exploring the issue.

1/22/16

PHILADELPHIA, PA - As family history and genealogy have emerged as global phenomena, millions of Americans are delving into the past to discover their families, their stories, and themselves.

For many, however, the first step is the most daunting: Where to begin? Researching in a library or online present their own unique challenges for beginner and experienced genealogists alike.

1/15/16
Genealogy
Philadelphia

Threading together centuries of trends and tastes, HSP's newest document display Fashion: “The Fastest Moving, Most Fragile, and Fickle Fleeting Business” explores the many ways fashion is marketed and promoted, from French fashion plates to American window displays. The display runs Tuesday, January 12, through Friday, February 12. Free and open to the public. 

1/7/16
Arts and Culture
Business
Philadelphia

Listen close: Libraries are louder than you’ve heard. Sitting silent in the stacks and vaults are the booming soundscapes of the past: scores of sheet music, recordings, concert posters, songbooks, and more.

1/7/16
Arts and Culture
Philadelphia

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) and the Library Company of Philadelphia (LCP) jointly award approximately 25 one-month fellowships for research in residence in either or both collections during each academic year. Fellows hail from across the country and around the world, utilizing both institutions' collections in contemporary scholarship. 

1/4/16

In many of Philadelphia's ethnic neighborhoods, the Catholic church has served as much more than a place of worship - the institution helped keep alive ancestral traditions and connections among newly-arrived immigrants to the United States.

12/8/15

Library card catalogs have become an analog elephant in the digital room. Once the preeminent form of bibliographic record keeping, card catalogs have now become more of an artifact than an effective resource for researchers – especially those online.

12/8/15

As part of his ongoing series 1st District Difference Makers, Senator Larry Farnese stopped by HSP's historic Library in Philadelphia's Center City neighborhood for a conversation and tour with HSP President & CEO Page Talbott. 

12/7/15

Print is dead, or so drone digital media's arrivistes. This may come as a shock to Philadelphia's The Print Center as it celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, making it one of the oldest organizations dedicated to graphic arts in the United States. As part of the centennial celebrations, HSP's latest document display explores 100 years of The Print Center, including records from the organization's early days (HSP holds The Print Center's adminstrative records). 

12/1/15

With only a small percentage of its collection digitized and made available online, HSP has embarked on new collaborations to make its collections more accessible to researchers across the country and around the world. 

Over the past year, HSP has partnered with FamilySearch to help increase the digitization of its collection.  As part of this new partnership, HSP was joined by its first pair of FamilySearch volunteers, husband and wife team Jerrol and Margaret Syme. 

11/25/15
Genealogy