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The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) recently launched a new online research guide to improve access to and visibility of its 20th-century collections. HSP is a treasure trove for 20th-century research material, especially regarding the Philadelphia region's political, cultural, social, and economic history. The Albert M. Greenfield Center for 20th-Century History promotes the study of this history, enabling us to learn from the past and make educated decisions as we move further into the 21st century.
Nominations are now being accepted for the first annual History in Pennsylvania “HIP” Awards, which will be presented at the History Affiliates Luncheon on October 19, 2012. Nomination forms are available at www.hsp.org/hipawards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.