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Leaving the Emerald Isle

During the mid 19th century, large numbers of Irish citizens made the perilous journey to America with the the hopes of escaping poverty, famine, and oppression. As thousands of immigrants made Philadelphia their home, they were met with religious and ethnic prejudices.  Moderated by Charlene Mires, professor of History at Rutgers-Camden, this panel of experts examines the challenges and issues faced by the Irish as they struggled to integrate into American society.

William Still and the Pennsylvania Vigilance Committee

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

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

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.

Stories From the Archives: Franklin, Printing, and Wild Court

Joint LCP/HSP Fellow Hazel Wilkinson discusses her research into Benjamin Franklin and the 18th century printing house at Wild Court.

Stories from the Archives: Politics of Cultural Institution Building in the Early Mid Atlantic Region

Mark Boonshoft, PhD candidate and a Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Fellow discusses Benjamin Chew and the Academy College and Charitable School of Philadelphia as part of his research in "Education, Civil Society, and State Formation from the Great Awakening to the Early Republic."