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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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11/18/16
Author: Lee Arnold

Amid holiday tumult, Lee Arnold, HSP's Senior Director of the Library & Collections and Chief Operating Officer, takes a humorous look at hidden Thanksgiving "history."

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11/18/16
Author: Vincent Fraley

As Philadelphians explore ways to mobilize politically in the wake of the presidential election, consider the story of the Pennsylvania State Equal Rights League (the League), the black-led organization undaunted by intimidation and violence in its fight for African American rights.

Despite emancipation and the conspicuous bravery of nearly 180,000 African American soldiers in the Union Army, Philadelphia’s black communities continued to be rankled after the Civil War by systematic segregation.

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11/18/16
Author: Vincent Fraley

HSP’s collections document more than 300 years of immigrant and ethnic experiences. On November 30, HSP investigates the historical context of American citizenship and immigration with the FREE program, A "Melting Pot" or Kaleidoscope? Immigration and Discrimination.

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11/15/16
Author: Vincent Fraley

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, HSP's Vincent Fraley will look at the impact of the event on Japanese, Italian, and German Americans living throughout the United States.

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11/15/16
Author: Vincent Fraley

In the run-up to "The Same Spirit of Patriotism and Sacrifice”: Pearl Harbor and the Erosion of Citizenship on November 16, HSP spoke with the program's featured speaker, West Chester University's Dr. Robert Kodosky, Ph.D., about the continuing influence of the Second World War upon American public memory. 

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11/14/16
Author: Vincent Fraley

As the Cranaleith Spiritual Center in Philadelphia awaits its placement on the National Register of Historic Places (“Good Eye: Women who made Hillary's rise possible spent time in this Philly house”), consider the story of its original owner, suffragist Rachel Foster Avery.

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11/14/16
Author: Vincent Fraley

In the run-up to "The Same Spirit of Patriotism and Sacrifice”: Pearl Harbor and the Erosion of Citizenship on November 16, HSP spoke with the program's featured speaker, West Chester University's Dr. Robert Kodosky, Ph.D., about the continuing influence of the Second World War upon American public memory. Stay tuned as we share the second part of the interview tomorrow. 

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11/8/16
Author: Vincent Fraley

As active and former servicepersons prepare to commemorate this year’s Veteran’s Day on November 11, consider the story of the Philadelphia United Services Organization (USO) and its flagship club, the Stage Door Canteen.

Formed in February 1941 – nearly a year before the attack on Pearl Harbor – the USO began as a cooperative effort between the Roosevelt administration and six national religious and relief organizations: the Jewish Welfare Board, YMCA, YWCA, Salvation Army, Travelers Aid, and the National Catholic Commission Services.

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11/1/16
Author: Vincent Fraley

All human cultures believe in the supernatural to varying extents. In the Western world, ghost stories are as old as Pliny the Younger.

The statesman traditionally relied upon for his accurate portrayal of life in the Roman Empire also wrote about a nuisance vexing his Athenian abode: an apparition in the form of an old man, rattling chains and keeping poor Pliny awake at night.   

American culture and its history is no exception, abounding with figures famous in both life and—according to many—death.

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10/20/16
Author: Vincent Fraley

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, HSP's Vincent Fraley will look at the impact of the event on Japanese, Italian, and German Americans living throughout the United States.

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