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Echoes of baseball history from long-gone Shibe Park
Tue, 2016-04-12 16:56

A series of images from the Philadelphia Record Photograph Morgue documenting the city's baseball history through the story of Shibe Park, demo

Catholic Philadelphia
Fri, 2015-12-04 15:58

In many of Philadelphia's ethnic neighborhoods, the Catholic church has served not only as a place of worship, the institution also helped keep alive ancestral traditions and connections among new

Exploring the Card Catalog: Getting Started
Thu, 2015-12-03 17:01
217 Boxes: A Protest In Disguise
Thu, 2015-11-19 15:14

On November 18, HSP invited the public to discover a nearly-forgotten pioneer of the LGBT rights movement, Dr. John Fryer of Philadelphia – i.e. “Dr.

Richardson Dilworth: Last of the Bare Knuckled Aristocrats
6/26/15

In a lecture recorded at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Journalist Peter Binzen and his son, Jonathan, will discuss their new book, Richardson Dilworth: The Last of the Bare Knuckled Aristocrats.  Binzen knew Dilworth well, covering him for many years as a reporter. A politician and liberal reformer, Richardson Dilworth served as mayor of Philadelphia from 1956-1962.  Among his many achievements, his vision for the city shaped much of what we recognize about Philadelphia today: Independence Mall, Society Hill, SEPTA, and the public park system.

Genealogical Databases at HSP
6/26/15

As part of Family History Days, HSP Staff members Kaitlyn Pettengill, Weckea Lilly,  David Haugaard, and project volunteer Ellen Bateman discuss the new online Genealogical Databases (Encounters) now available to HSP members.

The Truth Behind Hold These Truths
5/21/15

This is a video recording of the event held at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. The program begins with a presentation by Dr. Franklin Odo, visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania. It's followed by a sneak peak of Hold These Truths, performed by local actor Makoto Hirano, a one-man show about the real life journey of Gordon Hirabayashi, the man who famously defied forcible removal and took his case all the way to the Supreme Court... twice! It concludes with a discussion between Dr.

Winter of the Soul
5/18/15

For many of Pennsylvania’s early German-speaking settlers, handwriting was more than a communication tool.  It was also a component of religious devotion.  Highlighting objects in the HSP collection, this presentation, by Doctoral student Alexander Lawrence Ames explores the complex relationship between Pennsylvania German spiritualism and the visual presentation of devotional texts.

Voicing the Absent: Crafting History
5/12/15

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In this audio recorded at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, historian Jane Kamensky, filmmaker Louis Massiah and Ain Gordon discuss the ways hsitorians try to describe past events as they really happened. They aim at faithful representation. Yet we cannot know what others feel and think, and so historians must always take license with their subjects.

The Truth Behind "Hold These Truths"
5/12/15

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This is an audio recording of the event held at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. The program begins with a presentation by Dr. Franklin Odo, visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania. It's followed by  a sneak peak of Hold These Truths, performed by local actor Makoto Hirano, a one-man show about the real life journey of Gordon Hirabayashi, the man who famously defied forcible removal and took his case all the way to the Supreme Court... twice!  It concludes with a discussion between Dr.