Cary Hutto

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. . . was the youngest son of John West and Sarah Pearson and was born near Springfield, in Chester [now Delaware] County, in the State of Pennsylvania, on the 10th of October, 1738.”


Along with a few other collections, we recently listed our collection of records from the Women's Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (WPSPCA) among our Adopt-A-Collections that you can check out in our new shop!  There you can find out more information or you can read one of our previous posts about this program.  In a nutshell, by ado


Mary Young Pickersgill

Most people are familiar with the story (be it true or false) of Betsy Ross and the American flag. But another woman with ties to Philadelphia, Mary Young Pickersgill, also played an important role in the history of the flag. She sewed the “Star Spangled Banner Flag” that was flown over Fort McHenry during the 1814 Battle of Baltimore.


As we've stated before here on this blog, there's alot more to HSP's archives than just old correspondence and records.  HSP's conservation staff recently finished work on our Work Projects Administration (WPA) posters collection, which was adopted last year.  The collection contains works from the 1930s and 1940s from mostly Pennsylvania artists who were emplo

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HSP has a large collection or programs, playbills, and other ephemera from Philadelphia's Academy of Music (once called the American Academy of Music), dating from its beginnings in the late 1850s to the late 20th century.  The collection was recently adopted and is my current processing project.  Though I’ve barely scratched the surface (having just completed rehousing 13 of 157 boxes), the collection is already proving to be a joy--it presents a veritable history of performi