Vincent Fraley

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The School District of Philadelphia may lack proper funding, but the United States' eighth-largest public school system has never wanted for dedicated teachers. For many of the city's Cold War kids, Helen Cheyney Bailey stands at the front of the class.

Born in Philadelphia and educated in its public schools, Bailey (1897-1978) initially dreamed of being a writer. A scholarship to Radcliffe College seemed to offer the Philadelphia High School for Girls graduate a chance at a life of letters. Gender conventions got in the way.

2/9/16

Born in Philadelphia, Helen C. Bailey was educated entirely in its schools and universities.  Graduating from the Philadelphia High School for Girls in 1916, Bailey hoped that a scholarship to Radcliffe College would serve as the springboard to a successful writing career.  Bailey majored in education because it was the only area of concentration open to full-time female students at the university.  In 1931 she earned a masters degree in Education.

2/9/16

The School District of Philadelphia may lack proper funding, but the United States' eighth-largest public school system has never wanted for dedicated teachers. For many of the city's Cold War kids, Helen Cheyney Bailey stands at the front of the class.

Born in Philadelphia and educated in its public schools, Bailey (1897-1978) initially dreamed of being a writer. A scholarship to Radcliffe College seemed to offer the Philadelphia High School for Girls graduate a chance at a life of letters. Gender conventions got in the way.

2/9/16

This year's Family History Days brings together professional genealogists and family historians from around the world to help beginner & seasoned researchers alike find their story. In the weeks leading up to Family History Days on March 18 & 19, we'll be spotlighting several of the event's featured speakers.

Click here to register for Family History Days or visit hsp.org/FHD

2/3/16

Whether you are new to genealogy or an experienced family history veteran, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) has something for you this spring.

2/3/16

 

 

Thick skin may seem to be a requisite for elected officials. At the turn of the 20th century, however, Pennsylvania Gov. Samuel Whitaker Pennypacker found himself nearly crushed by a cartoon.

Born in Phoenixville to Old Philadelphia stock, Pennypacker (1843-1916) taught himself several languages and served as a judge before entering into–and winning–the governor's office in 1903. there 

2/1/16

In an era before Instagram fashionistas, where did trendy Americans turn for news on emerging styles? For nearly 50 years in the 19th century, one publication trended above the rest: Godey's Lady's Book.

1/26/16

If virtuous art in government buildings guaranteed good governance, Pennsylvania's state Capitol would produce only first-rate politicians, heroically adorned as it is with the murals of pioneering American artist Violet Oakley.

Oakley (1874-1961) spent her childhood in Bergen Heights, N.J., and Philadelphia filling voluminous sketchbooks. In an unfinished autobiography, Oakley revealed that if she did not have a pencil and paper, she sketched on the roof of her mouth with her tongue.

1/20/16

"In God we trust."

The obverse of every modern U.S. coin is stamped with this, America's national motto. Many hold this as an affirmation of a Christian origin of the American republic, while others argue - often in court - that freedom of religion may also be construed as freedom from religion. As debate kicks up concerning which faces and phrases adorn U.S. fiat currency, consider a brief history of the minted maxim:

1/11/16
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As families gather for the holidays, consider the marital dedication espoused by an unlikely couple: George Armstrong Custer and his wife, Elizabeth "Libbie" Custer.

In the portrait of popular memory, the flamboyant "Boy General" is often synonymous with hubris and disaster. In his lifetime, however, Custer's name was garlanded with gallantry. It was to the long-haired blond Custer that a grateful Gen. Philip Sheridan gifted the table at which Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox - an event Custer observed firsthand.

12/27/15