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Format: 2014-10-31
Format: 2014-10-31
Tuesday, 10/14/14
Genealogy Workshop

Trying to prove that your ancestor was a Civil War hero (or at least not a deserter)?  Attend this session by Dr. Daniel Rolph, HSP’s head of reference and historian.  Dr. Dan is a Civil War expert and author.  He will guide you through HSP’s extensive Civil War resources as well as give you help with other military records at HSP.

Thursday, 10/9/14
Genealogy Workshop

So many databases, so little time.  How does Ancestry.com compare to Family Search?  What about other subscription and free databases?  Experienced HSP staffer and researcher, Dana Dorman, guides you through the various databases which any user can access at HSP.

Wednesday, 10/8/14
Lecture/Panel Discussion

A growing number of historic sites are exposing the intersection of history and mystery, utilizing the paranormal as an entertaining and educational way to share their stories with visitors. Beth Beatty, Executive Director of Fort Mifflin, and Dr. Daniel Rolph, HSP’s Historian, Folklorist & Head of Reference services, discuss their sites’ famous hauntings. After the lecture, take a tour through HSP’s most haunted locations.

Wednesday, 10/8/14
Genealogy Workshop

The focus this evening will be on tips and techniques for using HSP collections related to place in genealogical research.  After an overview, experienced Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania volunteers will be available to provide advice individually on your specific research issue may research in library until 8:30 p.m. Part two in a series of Wednesday evening genealogy workshops.

Tuesday, 10/7/14
Genealogy Workshop

“It’s so confusing!”  Wondering where to start with your family history?  This session, presented by HSP library director and genealogist Lee Arnold, offers an overview of the different types of resources available at HSP and how to get started doing your genealogy.

Thursday, 10/2/14
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Dr. Marc Stein will use Philadelphia LGBT history to explore the sexual dimensions of the past when historians, librarians, archivists, publishers, and others construct and reconstruct historical narratives. Cosponsored by the Library Company of Philadelphia. Preceeded by a reception at Library Company of Philadelphia at 5:30, with the lecture to follow at HSP at 7 p.m. 

Wednesday, 10/1/14
Genealogy Workshop

The focus this evening will be on tips and techniques for using church records in genealogical research.  After an overview, experienced Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania volunteers will be available to provide advice individually on your specific research issue and participants may research in library until 8:30 p.m. Part one in a series of Wednesday evening genealogy workshops.

Wednesday, 10/1/14
Special Event

On Wednesday afternoons in October, professional genealogists from the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) will be available to discuss your research. These one-on-one consultations are designed for beginner and experienced genealogists alike: schedule a forty-five minute consultation to help get the answers you need, find your long lost ancestor, develop a research plan, or break through that brickwall research problem!

Areas of specialty vary.  Please select the date most appropriate to your research interests.

Saturday, 9/27/14
Teacher Workshop

Discover innovative, interdisciplinary ways to teach about Philadelphia's Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793, a topic all too relevant to today's news of Ebola. Participants on September 27 will gain teaching ideas and classroom-ready materials as they explore ways to use media and primary sources with elementary and secondary students. Content will be structured around Pennsylvania  Core Standards and will include a lecture from Reverend Mark Kelly Tyler, Senior Pastor at Mother Bethel AME Church, on the critical role Richard Allen played in combating Philadelphia’s Yellow Fever epidemic.

Thursday, 9/18/14
Conference

This three-day conference explores the life of James Logan, who would become mayor of Philadelphia, chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and lieutenant governor. Co-sponsored by the Library Company of Philadelphia, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Stenton, and The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, 9/16/14
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Albert M. Greenfield, a Russian immigrant, was courted for his business acumen by mayors, senators, and presidents, including Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman. He built a multifaceted business empire that encompassed real estate, department stores, banks, newspapers, and hotels, among others. Throughout his life, Greenfield was able to cross social, religious, and ethnic boundaries to form unique business alliances among Jews, Catholics, and African Americans.

Tuesday, 9/16/14
Exhibit/Display

In conjunction with the conference, James Logan and the Networks of Atlantic Culture and Politics, 1699-1751, HSP will display a selection of documents related to the life of James Logan. Materials will provide a glimpse into the many facets of James Logan, including his personal life, his intellectual pursuits, his work as provincial secretary to William Penn and in the public sphere, and his role in Indian affairs.