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As we close out our season examining the history of disability rights, education and activism, HSP is hosting a document display focusing on the history of disability education in Pennsylvania.
People with disabilities were largely excluded from the education system until a series of reforms in the nineteenth century created specialized institutions that provided training and access to learning.
The exhibition features documents from several of these institutions and specialized schools, alongside the stories of pioneers in education for disabled people.


HSP is pleased to announce the kickoff of Project AAC. Every month, a newly-donated collection will be selected. The preservation and cataloging for that collection will be entirely crowdfunded. Our Adopt-a-Collection program has helped preserve hundreds of manuscripts and other important historical documents – and now it’s easier than ever to support HSP’s great work!


HSP is pleased to announce that the October issue of its scholarly journal, the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography has been published. Focusing on the history of education in Pennsylvania, it is FREE to read online through the end of 2017.

Contents include:

Editorial | Christina Larocco

Review Essay: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and the Historiography of Urban Public Education in Pennsylvania | William W. Cutler III


HSP is pleased to announce a new document display, running until November 10th, 2017. With this free display, we’re partnering with Tyler School of Art to create a dynamic display that marries art and historical documents.