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The Scrapbook of Edith Madeira & PHL's Connection to the Red Cross' Commission to Palestine.
Edith Madeira's Red Cross nursing certificate. Madeira attends the Johns Hopkins Hospital Training School in Baltimore, MD.

Celebrations of the hard work and sacrifice of emergency medical services personnel have marked this year's National EMS Week. For a historical perspective, consider another "first responder" of sorts, Edith Madeira - one of the first Red Cross nurses to treat the sick and starving of what was then known as Palestine during the World War I. 

For the full story, please visit our Fondly, PA blog

Date posted: 5/29/15
Meet the Speakers - Before Stonewall: The Gay Pride Movement
Ain Gordon is a three-time Obie Award-winning writer, director, and actor, and a Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting. Ain is HSP's inaugural "Embedded Artist".

July 4, 1965, Philadelphia, PA - 7 women and 33 men picketed in front of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall.  On the very spot where Americans first asserted their rights and liberties, this small group of activists demanded equality for gays and lesbians. From these humble beginnings would emerge the Annual Reminder picket, one of the first gay rights demonstrations in the country.

Date posted: 5/26/15
First Wednesdays Coffee
HSP's Director of Publications and Scholarly Programs,Tammy Gaskell, and Director of the Library, Lee Arnold, enjoying an afternoon break over a quick cup of coffee.

Take a break from your research and mingle with our staff and research fellows over a free coffee and baked goods at our First Wednesdays Coffee!  On the first Wednesday of every month, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania hosts a coffee hour from 3-4 pm in our recently renovated Lobby for researchers and members.  A quick break, good company, and a bit of caffeine will do wonders for your research!

Date posted: 5/26/15
Artist Embedded: Their Story; Our Story - African American Women and the Fight for Freedom
Ain Gordon, playwright of If She Stood and our Artist Embedded.
Date posted: 5/15/15
Meet the Speakers: Voicing the Absent
Ain Gordon is a three-time Obie Award-winning writer/director/actor, a two-time NYFA Fellow and the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Playwriting. Ain is HSP's inaugural "Embedded Artist".

On Apr. 8, 2015, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) had the pleasure of hosting a lively conversation as part of the event, Voicing the Absent: Crafting History.

Date posted: 5/15/15
New Century Trust's 2015 Willing Hands Award Ceremony
Members of HSP,  Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, and the New Century Trust at the 2015 Willing Hands Award ceremony.
Date posted: 3/31/15