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Format: 2015-03-02
Format: 2015-03-02
Format: 2015-03-02

In the 1800s, Philadelphia was home to a vibrant African American community that stood at the center of antislavery and civil rights activism, before and after the Civil War. During this workshop, teachers will examine Underground Railroad sources at the Historical Society and then move to view “The Genius of Freedom” exhibit at the Library Company of Philadelphia (LCP) next door, discussing how to integrate primary sources into the classroom.

2/21/15
Abolition
African American
Civil War
Philadelphia
Slavery
Women

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, HSP has partnered with area institutions to host events based on  2/20/15

African American
Civil Rights
Immigration
Civil War
Politics
Slavery

For those who may have missed its 2/17 premier, the full Genealogy Roadshow: Historical Society of Pennsylvania episode is now available for streaming.

Please click the image below to watch the full episode. And keep your eyes peeled for HSP staff (hint: look for the cobalt collared shirts)!

2/19/15
Ethnic history
Genealogy
Philadelphia

The genealogists visit HSP and discover some fascinating Philadelphia family history. One woman’s ancestor may have sparked historic labor laws; a pastor may have an outlaw in her family tree; a woman learns about slave genealogy and – with the help of DNA testing – gets the answer she has waited for; and another woman learns her ancestor may have helped others escape the Holocaust.

Genealogy Roadshow: Historical Society of Pennsylvania episode airs February 17 at 8 p.m. on PBS.

2/14/15
Ethnic history
Genealogy
Philadelphia

Hold These Truths tells a story, buried by history, of one American’s attempt to reconcile his love for a country that labeled him a second class citizen. Gordon Hirabayashi’s real-life 50-year journey brings us the astonishing facts of Japanese Internment, the US government’s orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast, through the eyes of a Quaker college student who was simply looking for love and the American Dream.

2/14/15
20th century
Civil Rights
Ethnic history
World War II

HSP's Digital Library is currently inaccessible to the public due to an off-site server issue. We are working to restore the public interface to our digital resources. HSP's digital history projects, shop, and other online features may also be affected. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please contact Vincent Fraley at 215.732.6200 ext. 233 with any questions.

1/28/15

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment and the abolition of slavery, local cultural institutions will host screenings of clips from Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.

1/20/15
19th century
20th century
Abolition
African American
Civil Rights
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Politics
Slavery

 

 

Pen to Paper: Handwriting in the Digital Age

Modern technology has dramatically altered the way we communicate. Email, texting, and social media have become for many the dominant mediums for exchanging information. As these technologies continue to develop, the ways in which we interact with and react to one another change as well.

1/14/15
Arts and Culture
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia

HSP is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of Phase III of its Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR). 

HCI-PSAR is a three-phase project to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of the numerous small, primarily volunteer-run archival and manuscript repositories in the Philadelphia area, including local historical societies, small museums, historic sites, and other institutions.

10/3/14
Community and Public Service
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia

As the school year begins, HSP is pleased to announce FREE admission to all students with a valid school ID. Middle and high school students, undergraduates, and graduates are welcome to research free of charge at HSP’s world-renowned library and archive.

9/11/14
Education
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia