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Visiting Philadelphia's Historic Italian Market
8/20/14
Family members in front of their business Anastasio Seafood: (from left to right) Janet, Paula, Susan, Sharon, Andrew, and his mother Janet as photographed by Joseph V. Labolito in 1991 (Penrose Collection). You can find a brief biography of the business in the next photo.

This photo album is part of the blog series, A Philly Foodie Explores Local History, which connects Philadelphia history with food-related treasures uncovered in the archive of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. 

A Foodie's Unconventional History of Advertising
8/14/14
1882 Steinman & Co illustration of spoons. Look at the detail in this illustration; Who knew such a simple thing could earn so much attention?

As we were preparing for the Martha Washington Potluck a few weeks ago, Director of Conservation Tara O’Brien and I were talking about what common cookware items would have existed in early American kitchens.  When one of our reference librarians Ron Medford, overheard our conversation, he mentioned that he knew of some old cookware catalogs...

A Potluck from Martha Washington’s Cookbook
7/30/14
Apricot Cakes

Always looking for relevant and interesting ways to connect with the items in our collections, staff of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania recently cooked our way into the historic kitchen of America's inaugural First Lady.  While few people are able to say that they’ve met the First Lady and even fewer can boast of sampling her cooking first-hand, HSP has unique access to a presidential pantry through Martha Washington’s Booke of Cookery, which has been in our collections since 1892.  For Tara O’Brien, who has revived dozens of dishes from historic cookbooks as Direc

Home Before the Leaves Fall: Philadelphia and the First World War
7/1/14
Home Before the Leaves Fall: Philadelphia and the First World War

In commemoration of the centennial of the outbreak of the First World War, HSP invited the public to attend Philadelphia and the First World War. This event featured a discussion with scholar Peter Williams about the city's contributions to the war effort, as well as the chance to view HSP's newest document display featuring highlights of our WWI collections.

Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus Performs at HSP
6/24/14
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The Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus perfromed a selection of Cole Porter tunes at HSP, as part of our June 13, 2014, Stage Door Canteen Party. For video recordings of their set, please visit our YouTube channel. 

HSP, Smithsonian "Raise It Up" for Bicentennial of National Anthem
6/17/14
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The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is proud to be a National Audience Partner with the Smithsonian for their Raise It Up! Anthem for America campaign. To give Philadelphia a leading voice in the “Song Heard Round the World”, the U.S. Army Voices band led a group-sing of the national anthem at 4:00pm on Saturday, June 14, 2014, on the front lawn of the National Constitution Center. This event took place amidst Philadelphia’s Stripes & Stars festival, a daylong celebration of our nation’s flag and the U.S. Army.

Germany to Pennsylvania
4/8/14
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At a workshop conducted on March 26, 2014, at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, genealogist James Beidler addressed the many stereotypes about the immigrants who came from German-speaking lands to Pennsylvania in the 1700s. This lecture uses the personal memoirs of the immigrants themselves to dispel myths about why they came, what the voyage was like, and how they liked America.

German for Genealogists
4/8/14
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At a workshop conducted on March 26, 2014, at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, genealogist James Beidler explained the basic vocabulary and formats to enable the participants to read tombstones, church records, and simple documents of German-speaking people.

Preserving American Freedom in the Classroom
12/19/13

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David Reader wrote the lessons plans for Preserving American Freedom and talks about as a teacher using primary sources in the classroom and how other teachers can utilize Preserving American Freedom in their own classrooms as well.

The Contested History of American Freedom
12/19/13

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Eric Foner explores the centrality of freedom to America’s identity and its complicated legacy.

Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and the author of numerous works on American history. His most recent book is The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, winner, among other awards, of the Bancroft, Lincoln, and Pulitzer Prizes.

Citizenship and Freedom in Post Civil War America
12/19/13

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In the late 19th century and early 20th century, Walter Licht explores who is considered a rightful citizen of the United States and what rights and liberties these citizens could or could not exercise.

Walter Licht is the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches American economic and labor history.  He is an award-winning author of historical studies on industrialization, work, and labor markets.

Preserving American Freedom and the Common Core Standards
12/19/13

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Sally Flaherty talks about how Preserving American Freedom fulfills Pennsylvania and Common Core standards.

 

Liberty, Slavery, and the Civil War
12/19/13

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Richard Newman “Liberty, Slavery, and the Civil War”

Richard Newman explains the importance of primary documents in helping students understand and engage in discussion about the meaning of freedom. In particular, he talks about the contested nature of the meaning of liberty both during slavery prior to the Civil War and  for African Americans after.

Flowers of Paradise: Manuscripts and Illustrations from the Ephrata Cloister
12/12/13

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The Ephrata Cloister, a religious community in Lancaster County, was known for its German printing press, calligraphy called Frakturschriften, and music composed by its founder Conrad Beissel. In a program recorded at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on November 7, 2013, Jeff Bach, director of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, explored the illustrations and religious symbolism in the Cloister’s music books. The lecture was also accompanied by a live performance by the Ephrata Cloister Chorus.

3/27/13
Reports/Articles
9/4/12
Presentations

Presentation covering the use of primary sources with board games for history education given at Gencon's 2012 Trade Day conference.  It provides methods for educators and students to create their own scenarios using primary sources and existing boardgames to better understand history through simulation.

The four scenarios covered within the presentation for use with Settlers of America: Trails to Rails can be downloaded here.

8/13/12
Presentations

These five word documents make up the four scenarios and a list of core standards to use an example of using the scenarios for teaching in a lesson or unit plan.  The scenarios go with the game Settlers of America: Trails to Rails and match up with primary sources from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. 

8/13/12
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Teacher Tools

 

Preserving American Freedom is a selection of fifty treasured documents and manuscripts illustrating the exercise and denial of freedom throughout our nation’s history. All of the primary sources focus on the issue of freedom. Freedom as an over- arching theme allows teachers, K -12, great leeway to incorporate these documents into the curriculums of United States History, World History, and several other academic fields.

7/27/12
7/26/12
Reports/Articles