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Format: 2014-12-22
Format: 2014-12-22
Sunday, 4/15/12
Lecture/Panel Discussion

One hundred years ago the Titanic sunk to the astonishment of the world. On this anniversary we are taking a moment to honor and recognize two Philadelphia passengers, R. Norris Williams II and Harry Elkins Widener. One survived and one perished but both made an impact on the intellectual legacy of rare books and manuscripts in America.

We will read passages from R. Norris Williams II’s account of his experience as a survivor. He returned to Philadelphia and later became the director of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and a world tennis champion.

Wednesday, 4/11/12
Lecture/Panel Discussion


HSP has a rich collection of photographs, from early daguerreotypes to rare crystoleums and even modern digital prints. At this event, HSP’s Photograph Conservator D’Arcy White will discuss the highlights of HSP’s fascinating photography archive—and the stories that they tell.

Tuesday, 4/3/12
Workshop

Every institution struggles with pressure to be visible on the web and to make its collections accessible to wider audiences, and many face daunting hurdles to implementing digitization programs. This program will cover basic issues in digital preservation, including an introduction to digitization, and will provide information on handling guidelines for digitization, selection of materials, conducting pilot projects, creating access to digitized materials, funding sources, and the benefits of collaborating with other institutions.

Thursday, 3/29/12
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Treasures Society members and their guests are invited to a reception hosted by the Chairman of the Board of Councilors. Invitation to follow.

Wednesday, 3/28/12
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Philadelphia’s strong tradition of neighborhood distinctiveness has lasting power and deep roots.  In this culmination of the series, we look at the foundations of community experience. How do neighborhood ties unite and sometimes divide us? Across neighborhood boundaries, how do we form the common bonds of civic life?  This panel will be moderated by Carolyn Adams of Temple University with panelists including Linn Washington of Temple University, Domenic Vitiello of the University of Pennsylvania, and Thoai Nguyen of SEAMAAC, and Louis Massiah of Scribe Video.

Tuesday, 3/27/12
Lecture/Panel Discussion

The history of the modern U.S. Capitol, the iconic seat of American government, is also the history of America’s most tumultuous years. As the majestic new building rose above Washington’s skyline, battles over slavery and secession ripped the country apart. Author Guy Gugliotta will speak at the Library Company of Philadelphia. Preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 3/21/12
Genealogy Workshop

A vast number of immigrants came to America from Eastern Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Border changes, language differences, political considerations, and exotic-sounding surnames often complicate the search for Austrian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Rusyn, Slovak, Ukrainian, and other Eastern European ancestors.

Thursday, 3/15/12
Lecture/Panel Discussion

What does knitting have to do with women’s rights? Join University of Notre Dame professor Pamela Butler as she explores the legacy of knitting and feminism in order to make political sense of today’s so-called “knitting revolution.” A short knitting demonstration, sponsored by Rosie’s Yarn Cellar, will precede the event. Bring your knitting needles!

Wednesday, 3/14/12
Genealogy Workshop

So you have found the occupation of your ancestor, now what? Ancestral occupations can give clues to who our ancestors were, how they lived, where they lived, and most importantly, give them individual identity and personality. The sources that identify occupations are numerous.

Wednesday, 3/14/12
Workshop

This workshop will give an introduction to best practices in caring for any paper-based collection.  Topics covered will include: handling guidelines, assessing storage materials and special needs items, prioritizing for treatment, and understanding preservation and conservation terminology. This program is appropriate for those looking to develop new skills, as well as for individuals wanting to increase their knowledge about best practices in the care of paper-based collections.

Wednesday, 3/7/12
Genealogy Workshop

Brickwalls in African American genealogy can be caused by lack of records or improper research habits. Learning to research effectively can help to avoid these brickwalls.

Saturday, 3/3/12
Conference

Join us for HSP Ancestry Day, a day to discover and celebrate your family history. This full day of workshops will help you start or hone your genealogical skills. Learn tips and tricks for navigating Ancestry.com, the world’s largest family history website. Find out more about the genealogical holdings at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, one of the largest archives in the United States. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!