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Format: 2016-04-30
Format: 2016-04-30
Format: 2016-04-30

Get your riding boots on and hoist your saddle up, ladies and gentlemen, for an unprecedented journal to the American Western Frontier. 

Join the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival for their Cinemondays Screening on Monday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gershman Y theater for the Philadelphia premiere screening of  Carvalho's Journey.

4/22/16
19th century
Arts and Culture
Ethnic history
Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, PA - The April 2016 issue of the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (PMHB) has now been published.

4/19/16

HSP is proud to join more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.

Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2016.

4/18/16
Government and civics
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, PA – In 1972, Dr. John Fryer dons an oversize tuxedo and rubber joke shop mask to become Dr. Henry Anonymous and confront the American Psychiatric Association with these words: “I am a homosexual, I am a psychiatrist.” Obie Award-winning writer and director Ain Gordon explores Fryer’s story in his new play, 217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous, running May 5 – 7 at the Painted Bride Art Center.

4/15/16
20th century
Civil Rights
Philadelphia
Politics
Women

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Every issue has a history. Learn new ways to help students understand the value of historical perspectives to policymaking with The National History Center's Mock Policy Briefing, a workshop for educators at the high school and university level. 

Hosted by HSP and The Library Company of Philadelphia, the Mock Policy Briefing Program workshop will feature speakers from The National History Center as well as Jessica Roney speaking about her successful experience piloting this program at Temple University.

4/4/16
Civil Rights
Government and civics
Philadelphia
Women

PHILADELPHIA, PA—The National Endowment for the Humanities today announced that it has awarded the Historical Society of Pennsylvania a planning grant of $39,500 to identify material documenting the early struggle for women’s rights in the collections of members of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) and to share a sampling of them online. 

3/23/16
Women

On April 27, join HSP and author Cokie Roberts to discuss her new book, Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868, as she explores the wives, sisters, and female friends of the men leading America into, and through, the Civil War.

As a result of the conflict, these “belles” of Washington society blossomed into suffragists, journalists, social activists, and philanthropists, engaging with the issues of the day on their own terms and transforming a sleepy Southern city into a place of power and action.

3/21/16
Civil War
Women

This spring, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania in partnership with professional genealogist Sydney F. Cruice Dixon will hostFoundations of Genealogy: Getting Started and Doing It Right the First Time, an 8-week course for family historians and genealogists seeking to become more effective and efficient researchers.

3/21/16
Genealogy

Beginning in 2015, HSP’s Digital Services staff have created several new databases for genealogists and family historians, making previously-inaccessible information available online for researchers. Called Encounters, this new digital resource is available to on-site researchers in HSP's Library, with remote access a benefit of membership to HSP.

The display highlights collection materials featured in Encounters, including items from the: 

3/21/16
Ethnic history
Genealogy
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia

The name "Historical Society of Pennsylvania" can be misleading as our collections touch upon individuals and events far beyond the Commonwealth in both time and space. 

3/19/16
African American
Colonial period
Slavery