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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The Historical Society has extended its 2015 pricing on Research by Mail services through February 14, 2016. If you've been on the fence about hiring our skilled staff researchers to help you tackle a research problem, don't wait much longer!

Can't make it to Philadelphia to dig into the Historical Society's unsurpassed collections yourself? Let our staff do the digging for you.

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HSP is hosting a two-day conference on March 6 and 7 to help researchers learn new ways to discover and celebrate their family history. Space is limited, so register now!

Lecture topics will include resources from the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware Archives; colonial records in the Mid-Atlantic; Chinese genealogy; and more. Click here for a full schedule of events.


Join professional genealogist Frank Southcott for a free Irish genealogy workshop at HSP on Wednesday December 3 from 6-7 pm. Register now to save your seat!


HSP's Senior Director of the Library and Collections Lee Arnold and Assistant Director of Research Services Sarah Heim were recently interviewed by Philadelphia's WHYY TV in support of the PBS show, "Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr."


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!

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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.