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6/27/12

PhilaPlace now has a mobile version that is accessible on your smart phone. Visit philaplace.org from your iPhone or other smart phone or tablet, and the mobile version will appear. This application, created by Night Kitchen Interactive, is designed to be viewed on a smaller screen and will automatically find places on PhilaPlace around your geographical location.

6/25/12

Several of the country’s most significant documents will get new life and increased visibility thanks to a joint effort between the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and Bank of America.

Titled “Preserving American Freedom,” the project will transcribe and annotate historic documents, including a handwritten draft of the U.S. Constitution, to allow for more sophisticated searching and analysis.

4/3/12

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania will offer teacher institutes this year, all for Act 48 or graduate credit. The institutes cover topics including Emancipation, the City of Philadelphia, and Thrift.

3/27/12

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is seeking two Fellows to develop educational materials and conduct teacher workshops. Applications are due by April 30.

3/26/12

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) recently acquired two new collections, including diaries from Philadelphia publisher Mathew Carey dating from 1828-1836 and more than 300 letters from Carey’s son, Henry Charles Carey. These two collections are an invaluable resource for scholars and shed new light on Mathew Carey, an Irish immigrant who founded and operated America’s most successful publishing house.

3/15/12

Photographs can tell a lot of stories, if you know how to read them. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) invites the public to attend a free event April 11, to learn the art of “reading” photographs. The Historical Society’s Photograph Specialist D’Arcy White will discuss how to study photographs and dig deeper than their first impression.

3/7/12

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has opened an exhibit titled Fiber Points: Textile and Handcraft Heritage, which runs from now until June 15. This exhibit details the history of textile manufacturing in the Philadelphia area and features examples of ethnic heritage and handcrafts as well as handcrafts from wartime, with patterns dating from the Civil War to World War I.

1/26/12

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) has partnered with Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, to make our collection more accessible to researchers. As part of this partnership, Ancestry.com has digitized more than 7.5 million Pennsylvania vital records from HSP’s collection, including church, cemetery, and undertaker records from every county in the state from 1708 through 1985.

1/17/12

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce that it will honor Pulitzer-Prize winning author and historian David McCullough with its prestigious Founder’s Award. The annual dinner and awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

12/14/11

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of its Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR).  HCI-PSAR is a three-phase project to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of the numerous small, primarily volunteer-run archival and manuscript repositories throughout Pennsylvania, including small historical societies, museums, historic sites, and other institutions.