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Americans All! Foreign Born Soldiers in the First World War
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
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
Rachmaninoff's Philadelphia
This joint Historical Society of Pennsylvania/Philadelphia Orchestra program, entitled Rachmaninoff’s Philadelphia, is being presented in conjunction with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s April 2017 Rachmaninoff Festival. The program will explore the special relationship between the Philadelphia Orchestra and the great Russian composer/conductor/pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1843).
Music historian and archivist Jack McCarthy will open the program with a brief illustrated historical overview of Rachmaninoff and the Orchestra.
Becoming U.S. - Age and Assimilation

This second installment in the series explores the many ways age and generational status affect immigration and assimilation experiences. Is the experience decidedly different if an individual arrives in the U.S. as a child, or if one is a student or a working adult? Do first-generation immigrants – i.e., the parents – think about assimilation differently than second-generation immigrants – i.e., children? Does one generation wish to celebrate the “home” culture more than the other?

"The Same Spirit of Patriotism and Sacrifice”

Delve into the historical background of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and discuss the event’s continuing impact on American public memory with West Chester University's Dr. Robert Kodosky, Ph.D.

Mapping African Americans

Google Earth is only one example of geographic information available online. The internet contains several projects featuring spatial and historical data which can assist with genealogical research.