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Stories From the Archives: Early Pennsylvania Politics
6/17/13
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Whereas modern politics is filled with transparent rhetoric, politics of early colonial America was much more opaque. Director of Research Services David Haugaard discusses letters from the late 17th and early 18th centuries that give a glimpse into early political life in Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit the Digital Library. Stories From the Archives is a video series in which an HSP staff member highlights one of his or her favorite items from the collection.

Family Legacies: Genealogical Resources for Chinese Americans
5/6/13
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Jeanie Chooey Low, author of China Connection: Finding Ancestral Roots for Chinese in America, discussed techniques for interviewing family members and deciphering gravestone inscriptions. She also looked at U.S. 20th-century immigration and naturalization case files, how to find and visit ancestral villages, and how to research war and census records.

Stories From the Archives: "The Wages of Sin" Theater Posters
3/29/13
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There is an old saying that "a picture is worth a thousand words." Rights and Reproductions Associate Hillary Kativa discusses theater posters for a production titled The Wages of Sin. The posters depict a morality tale that gives a glimpse of late 19th-century performance art and convey a broader sense of social values of the period. For more information on these posters, please visit the Digital Library.

Stories From the Archives: John Keats Love Letter
2/28/13
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There are few things more romantic than a love letter penned by 19th-century poet John Keats. Digital Imaging Technician Ashley Harper discusses a letter from Keats to his sweetheart, Ms. Fanny Brawne, and how it symbolizes the pure love that he felt for her. For more information, please view this letter in our Digital Library. In the Stories From the Archives video series, HSP staff members highlight their favorite items from the collection.

Stories from the Archives: The Thrift Movement
1/16/13
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Senior Director of Programs and Services Beth Twiss Houting discusses documents relating to the thrift movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The movement produced a number of programs, such as the School Savings Bank, which taught schoolchildren the value of saving money. For more information on these images, please visit the Digital Library.


In the Stories From the Archives video series, an HSP staff member highlights one of his or her favorite items from the collection.

Stories from the Archives: George Washington Treasures Case
12/19/12
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Senior Director of the Library Lee Arnold discusses the George Washington Treasures Case. The 19th-century case contains images, letters, and a lock of George Washington's hair. Stories From the Archives is a video series in which an HSP staff member highlights one of his or her favorite items from the collection.

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