Dana Dorman

Dana Dorman is a researcher for HSP's Research by Mail service. She previously served as project manager of HSP digital history projects focused on the Great Depression and the Underground Railroad, and as project archivist for the Digital Center for Americana pilot project. A Certified Archivist, Dana earned a BA in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a M.A. in public history from Temple University, where she wrote her thesis about the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies.

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In celebration of Family History Month this October, HSP is offering a full slate of genealogy workshops and events over the next few weeks!

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If you've been eagerly awaiting your chance to appear on PBS and WHYY's Genealogy Roadshow, now's your chance!


In 1903, political cartoonists – especially one man, Charles Nelan – made the governor of Pennsylvania so mad that he criminalized cartooning.

You read that right. Gov. Samuel Pennypacker and his allies pushed through a law that made it illegal in Pennsylvania to publish or even draw cartoons that portrayed people (i.e. politicians) as "beast, bird, fish, insect, or other inhuman animal." Who knew that cartoons could inspire such passion, such outrage, such . . . legislative willpower?!


The latest additions to our genealogical and family history holdings are described in a new post on HSP's "New in the Library" blog. Click here for the latest list of genealogy-related titles added to our collection.


My colleague Rachel Moloshok and I recently finished selecting 512 historic political cartoons from HSP's collection to be part of our new digital exhibit for the Historic Images, New Technologies (HINT) project.

Soon, we'll begin diving into more focused research about these cartoons, and the people, events and symbols depicted in them.


Our newest genealogical and family history resources are described in a new post on HSP's "New in the Library" blog. Click here for the latest list of genealogy-related titles added to our collection.


Genealogists and family historians may be interested in a new blog post over on HSP's blog "Archival Adventures in Small Repositories." My colleague Sarah Leu writes about using school records to help fill in family details, highlighting some collections at the Plumstead Historical Society.


After many months of hard work, we have now completed the prototype web site for the William Still Digital History Project!

This new resource, titled "Family Ties on the Undergound Railroad," weaves together the manuscript journal and published book of William Still, who was the chairman of Philadelphia's Vigilance Committee in the mid-nineteenth century.

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On Wednesday March 26, German American genealogy expert James M. Beidler will be leading two free workshops at HSP from 5:30 - 8 pm. Register now to save your seat!