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William Berkeley, a colonial governor in 1671, counted the lack of newspapers among the New World's few charms: "I thank God, there are no free schools nor printing. . . . God keep us from both." Philadelphia proved more welcoming to the printed word.
Once the Democratic Party nominates its candidate for Philadelphia’s mayoralty, many claim what follows is more of a coronation than a campaign. Dash off that jadedness with a look at a political upset not since repeated in the city: the election of an Independent mayor, Rudolph Blankenburg.
Hello everyone! We are happy to present another post of transcriptions from the George F. Parry Civil War diaries (George F. Parry family volumes, Collection 3694). If you're just joining us, in 2012 HSP acquired the diaries of Bucks County resident and Civil War veterinary surgeon George F. Parry. In that collection are three diaries he kept during the Civil War dating from 1863 to 1865, when he served with the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry.
As Halloween approaches and the eerie and ethereal take center stage, consider a piece of Philadelphia's phantasmagoric past: the First Association of Spiritualists (FAS).
As students across the city ponder "Exploration, Encounter & Exchange in History," the theme of this year's National History Day, consider a lesser-known hometown explorer: Henry Grier Bryant.
Born in Allegheny to a lumber-baron father, Bryant (1859-1932) prepped at Phillips Exeter before earning his bachelor's and master's degrees at Princeton. A brief stint in Europe away from his desk at the Edison Electric Light Co. convinced the young man of his office-free wanderlust.
In 1972, gay men and women were considered sick. This was not only the opinion of many Americans, but the official viewpoint of the American Psychiatric Association, which deemed homosexuality a mental illness.
On May 2, 1972, a speaker at the APA's 125th annual meeting challenged that thinking. Styling himself "Dr. Anonymous," the man wore a Richard Nixon mask and used a device to disguise his voice. He said, in part:
Add the highway to Pennsylvania's contributions to American history. The Pennsylvania Turnpike, America's first four-lane limited-access highway, celebrates its 75th anniversary this week.
The push for intercity roads in Pennsylvania is as old as the commonwealth itself.
Welcome back, dear readers, for more transcriptions from the George F. Parry Civil War diaries (George F. Parry family volumes, Collection 3694). If you're just joining us, in 2012 HSP acquired the diaries of Bucks County resident and Civil War veterinary surgeon George F. Parry. In that collection are three diaries he kept during the Civil War dating from 1863 to 1865, when he served with the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry.
Before Pope Francis celebrates Mass on the Parkway on Sunday, guests may want to consider visiting some Philadelphia churches that acted as both spiritual and social lodestars for their communities.
As the papal visit looms and Philadelphia inspects its Catholic past, consider the life of John Nepomucene Neumann, the fourth bishop of Philadelphia and the first canonized American male.
Born in Prachatitz, Bohemia (present-day Czech Republic), in 1811, Neumann studied for the priesthood in Prague and looked forward to ordination. A gluttony of priests in Europe stalled his ambitions - there were simply no positions open. After writing to bishops across the continent, Neumann broadened his correspondence campaign to the New World.