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Genealogy Roadshow Films at HSP
2/16/15
Genealogy Roadshow Films at HSP

Don't forget to tune in! The Genealogy Roadshow: Historical Society of Pennsylvania episode premiers February 17 at 8 p.m. on PBS.

Genealogy Roadshow visits HSP during Season 2 and discovers fascinating Philadelphia family history. One woman’s ancestor may have sparked historic labor laws; a pastor may have an outlaw in her family tree; a woman learns about slave genealogy and – with the help of DNA testing – gets the answer she has waited for; and another woman learns her ancestor may have helped others escape the Holocaust.

Stetson Autumn & Winter 2015 Collection Catalog
2/10/15
Stetson Autumn & Winter 2015 Collection Catalog
'Staches and Spirits
10/27/14
'Staches and Spirits

On Thursday, October 16, 2014, the Young Friends of HSP hosted a 'Staches and Spirits party at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Reading Terminal Market: Then and Now
9/17/14
Reading Terminal Market has long been known to sell some of the most affordable, high-quality, fresh cuts of meat in the city. This photograph is dated December 24, 1944. Shoppers looking for fresh turkeys on Christmas Eve were out of luck! (Philadelphia Record Photograph Morgue Collection).

This photo album is part of the blog series, A Philly Foodie Explores Local History, which connects Philadelphia history with food-related treasures uncovered in the archive of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Genealogy 101: Colonial Records at HSP
2/10/15
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This October, HSP held a series of Genealogy 101 sessions that detailed useful resources in our archive when conducting research on your family history. This session, Head of Research Services David Haugaard guides you through Colonial Records here at HSP and elsewhere.

William Still and the Pennsylvania Vigilance Committee
1/7/15
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The Philadelphia Vigilance Committee helped runaway slaves relocate within northern Free states and Canada. Committee Chairman William Still interviewed the runaways and kept a journal documenting their escapes and experiences in bondage. This discussion, recorded at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on October 22, 2014 featured Christopher Densmore and Phil Lapansky. It was part of a month-long celebration of Moonstone Arts Center’s Underground Railroad in Philadelphia

Canononizing Homophile Sexual Respectability: Archives, History, and Memory
11/24/14
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In this lecture recorded at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on October 2, 2014, Dr. Marc Stein used Philadelphia LGBT history to explore the sexual dimensions of the past when historians, librarians, archivists, publishers, and others construct and reconstruct historical narratives.

Lost in the Great War, Resurrected from the Archives
11/24/14
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Over twenty-five hundred service people from Philadelphia lost their lives in the Great War, and each of them had a story. While some live on through their descendants, many died young with no heirs. As a result, there was no one left to remember and share the story of their lives.

Preserving American Freedom in the Classroom
12/19/13

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David Reader wrote the lessons plans for Preserving American Freedom and talks about as a teacher using primary sources in the classroom and how other teachers can utilize Preserving American Freedom in their own classrooms as well.

The Contested History of American Freedom
12/19/13

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Eric Foner explores the centrality of freedom to America’s identity and its complicated legacy.

Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and the author of numerous works on American history. His most recent book is The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, winner, among other awards, of the Bancroft, Lincoln, and Pulitzer Prizes.

Citizenship and Freedom in Post Civil War America
12/19/13

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In the late 19th century and early 20th century, Walter Licht explores who is considered a rightful citizen of the United States and what rights and liberties these citizens could or could not exercise.

Walter Licht is the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches American economic and labor history.  He is an award-winning author of historical studies on industrialization, work, and labor markets.

Preserving American Freedom and the Common Core Standards
12/19/13

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Sally Flaherty talks about how Preserving American Freedom fulfills Pennsylvania and Common Core standards.

 

Liberty, Slavery, and the Civil War
12/19/13

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Richard Newman “Liberty, Slavery, and the Civil War”

Richard Newman explains the importance of primary documents in helping students understand and engage in discussion about the meaning of freedom. In particular, he talks about the contested nature of the meaning of liberty both during slavery prior to the Civil War and  for African Americans after.

Flowers of Paradise: Manuscripts and Illustrations from the Ephrata Cloister
12/12/13

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The Ephrata Cloister, a religious community in Lancaster County, was known for its German printing press, calligraphy called Frakturschriften, and music composed by its founder Conrad Beissel. In a program recorded at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on November 7, 2013, Jeff Bach, director of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, explored the illustrations and religious symbolism in the Cloister’s music books. The lecture was also accompanied by a live performance by the Ephrata Cloister Chorus.

The files below supplement Kim Gallon's article "The Blood Demonstration: Teaching the History of the Philadelphia Welfare Rights Organization," published in Teaching Pennsylvania History, a special collaborative issue published jointly by the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography and Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies.

1/9/15
Reports/Articles

The files below supplement Mary Carroll Johansen's article "Pennsylvania’s Past from a Unique Perspective: Oral History," published in Teaching Pennsylvania History, a special collaborative issue published jointly by the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography and Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies.

1/9/15
Reports/Articles

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11/17/14
3/27/13
Reports/Articles
9/4/12
Presentations

Presentation covering the use of primary sources with board games for history education given at Gencon's 2012 Trade Day conference.  It provides methods for educators and students to create their own scenarios using primary sources and existing boardgames to better understand history through simulation.

The four scenarios covered within the presentation for use with Settlers of America: Trails to Rails can be downloaded here.

8/13/12
Presentations