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Octavius V. Catto: A Legacy for the 21st Century
9/27/17

History Making Productions presentation of Octavius V. Catto.  On September 26, 2017, the statue honoring Octavius Catto was unveiled at Philadelphia’s City Hall. This is the first public monument honoring a specific African American in Philadelphia! 

Make History Yours at HSP
8/18/17

Everything, and everyone has a story. From buildings to neighborhoods to people - each individual story matters. Do you know yours? Find it at HSP.

This video was created by Gina Reitenauer, Digital Video intern.

Music: Green Leaves by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0) Artist: http://audionautix.com

National History Day Resources for the Theme - 2018
8/16/17

Come visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to learn more about our resources for National History Day.

Stories from the Archive - A Duel Began in Pennsylvania
7/25/17

The sport of dueling is usually thought of as a throwback to a bygone era - two duelists (typically men) participating to defend their honor.  Usually the fight was over a woman, finances, or principles.  In this case, it centered over something much more obscure - a fashion statement.  

Americans All! Foreign Born Soldiers in the First World War
5/31/17
This April marks the centennial of American involvement in the First World War, a global conflagration that upended the established world order.
 
During the conflict, foreign-born soldiers represented nearly 1 out of 5 servicemen in the U.S. Army. This surge of Old World soldiers – from 46 different nations – challenged the culture of the American military, its linguistic and religious traditions, and required top brass to reconsider training methods.
 
Join HSP on May 24 as Dr. Nancy Gentile-Ford examines how the U.S.
Dutchirican: A Latin@ History of Central Pennsylvania
5/31/17
From the 1960s to the present, two-thirds of Pennsylvania’s population growth has been the result of Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Mexicans, and others moving to the Commonwealth.
 
In the 1960s, the vast majority of Latin@s lived in Philadelphia; today, as many live in the Pennsylvania Dutch region as in the City of Brotherly Love.
 
This is the most significant regional demographic change in more than a century, and it is one that is poorly understood by scholars and the public.
 
The roots of Latin@s in Pennsylvania stretch back

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