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Format: 2015-09-04
Format: 2015-09-04
Format: 2015-09-04

Behind no less than five sets of locks – both electronic and analog, including a 19th century bank vault door – rest some of the most treasured items in HSP’s collection of over 21 million manuscripts, graphics, and books.

8/27/15

As students and educators prepare to return for the 2015-16 school year, HSP is proud to announce a new online education portal.

Through the work of HSP’s education intern, Beth Potens, and HSP’s Teacher Advisors group, booking a school trip to HSP, downloading lesson and unit plans, getting research help and more are now easier than ever.

8/21/15
Education
Philadelphia

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is nearing the conclusion of Historic Images, New Technologies (HINT), a two-year project to enhance the description and discovery of its graphic materials and promote the linking and sharing of content among institutions and scholars.

The project’s overall objective is to make archival graphics more accessible for online users and to encourage other repositories to adopt the new tools and practices. As such, HINT involves several complementary parts.

8/21/15
18th century
19th century
20th century
Arts and Culture
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Politics

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) is proud to announce its new status as a FamilySearch Affiliate Library. 

8/19/15
Ethnic history
Genealogy

Every year, millions of people around the world comb through books, scour newspapers, and thumb through manuscripts searching for information about their family’s history.

What starts small often becomes enormous. Many now-avid genealogists recall their humble beginnings – the discovery of a trunk full of photographs in the attic, or a question about a great grandparent’s country of origin.

For many, these humble questions blossom into a lifelong pursuit connecting them to a growing community around the world.

8/18/15
Ethnic history
Genealogy
Philadelphia

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is proud to announce two enhanced tools designed to support online research and exploration of our collections.

Discover

Discover, HSP’s online catalog, contains records describing printed materials, archival collections, and digital records associated with our collections. It is a researcher’s first port of call for discovery of HSP’s 21 million items. New functionality, enhancements, and data updates in this version make finding the information you’re looking for easier than ever before.

8/13/15

Independence Hall stands as one of our nation's most recognizable landmarks. In popular memory, the former Pennsylvania state house is intricately woven into the early fabric of our country and our city. As a symbol of justice, equality, and freedom, only the national flag is more familiar to Americans.

6/24/15
Architecture
Philadelphia
Politics
Women

This month at the 2015 National Genealogical Society's Family History Conference, the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) announced that it has named the Greater Philadelphia APG Chapter the winner of the 2015 Golden Chapter Award.

6/16/15

"Where should a researcher go to find photographs of the world’s first solarpower plant, built in Egypt in the 1910s by a Philadelphia-based inventor? Or the scrapbooks of renowned actress, singer, and special representative to the United Nations Pearl Bailey?
Or the records of the oldest continuously existing troop in the US National Guard? These important collections are not held at well-known, professionally run archival institutions, but at small repositories without professional archivists on staff."

5/27/15
Community and Public Service
Ethnic history
Genealogy
Philadelphia

 

 

“Without our demonstrations starting in ’65, Stonewall would not have happened.”

 

5/22/15
20th century
Civil Rights
Philadelphia
Politics
Women