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Picturing History

Photographs can tell a lot of stories, if you know how to read them. On April 11, 2012, HSP's Photograph Conservator D'Arcy White presented a lecture titled "Picturing History" on the art of reading photographs. Using examples from HSP's collection, White discussed how to study photographs and dig deeper than their first impression.

David McCullough Founders Award Speech

David McCullough's award acceptance speech at the 2012 Founder's Award dinner.

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Light-Color Play by Maurice Wright

The above video, entitled "Light-Color Play," utilizes a painted board by Mary Elizabeth Hallock Greenwalt which can be found in Box 12, Folder 3 of this collection.

George Washington Was Here

In conjunction with the exhibit Discover the Real George Washington at the National Constitution Center, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania hosted George Washington Document Display.  The items included Washington's pocket diary, Martha Washington's cookbook, the diary of Washington's private secretary, Tobias Lear, who chronicled Washington's last days and death, and even a lock of Washington's hair!  General Washington also visited and recounted some stories of his time in Philadelphia.

The Morreys and Montiers of Philadelphia: A Love Story

Listen to the family story of Dr. William Pickens III, who traced his ancestry all the way back to Humphrey Morrey, who served as the first mayor of Philadelphia in 1691. Pickens’s family tree also includes Richard Morrey, whose marriage to freedwoman Cremona formed one of the city’s most prominent interracial families. Pickens’ journey will inspire you to search for your own family roots. Cosponsored with the Urban League of Philadelphia and Southwest Airlines.