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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.

Scottish Emigration

Throw an egg from a bus almost anywhere in America and the chances are you’ll hit someone claims “Scots-Irish” or “Scottish Highlands” ancestry, often without understanding the terms fully, and shot through with myth as to the reasons for emigrating (persecution, clearances, etc.). The reality is that most emigration was voluntary, for purely economic gain, and from the Lowlands. The Scots were the economic migrants par excellence of their day. They came to America in various waves, for various reasons, and ended up in various places.

Introducing Grandparents to Grandchildren

Many of us are so focused on tracing our ancestry back in time that we overlook the ancestors our posterity will find most interesting—that of ourselves, our parents, and grandparents. As oral history is lost in only three generations, our grandchildren are likely to have almost no information about the lives of our own grandparents. Perhaps one of the greatest treasures we can leave our posterity is a rich description of the lives of our parents and grandparents.

Family History Days 2016: Using Find My Past

If your family has origins in the British Isles, Findmypast is a resource you should be utilizing! Learn about our incredible British and Irish collections, the advantages of using global newspapers, and get a glimpse of what is ahead for Findmypast.

Symphony of a Thousand

On March 2, 1916, the Philadelphia Orchestra performed the U.S. premiere of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8, also known as "The Symphony of a Thousand." The Orchestra - and Philadelphia - would never be the same.

Voicing the Absent: Crafting History

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"

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.