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Fondly, Pennsylvania is a joint blog of HSP's archives, conservation, and digitization departments.  Here you will find posts on our latest projects and newest discoveries, as well as how we care for, describe, and preserve our collections.  Whether you are doing research or just curious to know more about the behind-the-scenes work that goes on at HSP, please read, explore, and join the conversation!

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7/25/16
Author: Vincent Fraley

As Philadelphians brace for the crush of humanity arriving for the Democratic National Convention, commiserate with your counterparts in 1948. That year, the city hosted three conventions - Republicans, Democrats, and Progressives - the only city ever to do so in the same year.

That these three parties clamored to host their shindig in Philadelphia is perhaps not surprising. The city played host to the most famous convention of all, that which created the U.S. Constitution.

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7/22/16
Author: Vincent Fraley

Though they no longer take up formal residence in Philadelphia during their administrations, U.S. Presidents have long frequented the city and surrounding environs.

To celebrate the 2016 Democratic National Convention and HSP’s free PoliticalFest exhibit, trace the steps of previous Democratic presidents during their visits to the area.

Our second feature looks at the 1938 visit to the Gettysburg battlefield by the 32nd President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Topics : Civil War
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7/20/16
Author: Vincent Fraley

Though they no longer take up formal residence in Philadelphia during their administrations, U.S. Presidents have long frequented the city and surrounding environs.

To celebrate the 2016 Democratic National Convention and HSP’s free PoliticalFest exhibit, trace the steps of previous Democratic presidents during their visits to the area.

Our first feature looks at the 1915 visit to Philadelphia’s Convention Hall by the 28th President, Woodrow Wilson.

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7/18/16
Author: Vincent Fraley

Though they no longer take up formal residence in Philadelphia during their administrations, U.S. Presidents have long frequented the city and surrounding environs. As the Democratic National Convention draws near, trace the steps of previous Democratic presidents during their visits to the area.

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7/14/16
Author: Vincent Fraley

When asked about French history, many Americans likely remember some combination of Marie Antoinette, the guillotine, and D-Day.

But perhaps the French figure that holds the most currency in American popular memory is the Marquis de Lafayette, a close friend of George Washington and a major-general who fought at Brandywine Creek, Monmouth Courthouse, and Yorktown during the American Revolution.

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7/14/16
Author: Vincent Fraley

#‎OnThisDay‬ in 1789, Parisians turned their noses up at absolute monarchy and stormed the Bastille. Known informally to Francophones as Le quatorze juillet, the occasion marked a turning point in the struggle against the then-kingdom's Ancien Régime.

Celebrate on this side of the Atlantic with a look at the intimate connection shared between Philadelphia and France in the form of the French Benevolent Society.

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7/12/16
Author: Vincent Fraley

Today marks the 199th birthday of Massachusetts-born author Henry David Thoreau. Known to friends as "Hank the Crank," the transcendentalist visited Philadelphia only once during his life, in 1854. It was the farthest south he would ever travel.

“To Philadelphia. 7 A. M., to Boston, 9 A. M. to New York, by express train, land route," he wrote. "Arrive at 10 P. M.; time, four hours from New York, thirteen from Boston, fifteen from Concord."

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7/11/16
Author: Vincent Fraley

Behind no less than five sets of locks – both electronic and analog, including a 19th century bank vault door – rest some of the most treasured items in HSP’s collection of over 21 million manuscripts, graphics, and books. Until now. 

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7/11/16
Author: Vincent Fraley

The Library Company of Philadelphia’s latest free exhibit, Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind, explores the nature of perception via historical documents for the visually impaired. For Americans afflicted with full or partial loss of vision in the 19th century, Philadelphia offered a rare opportunity: an education.

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7/5/16
Author: Vincent Fraley

Behind no less than five sets of locks – both electronic and analog, including a 19th century bank vault door – rest some of the most treasured items in HSP’s collection of over 21 million manuscripts, graphics, and books. Until now. 

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