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Format: 2015-08-01
Format: 2015-08-01
Format: 2015-08-01

On Wednesday, March 25, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania was honored to receive the 2015 Willing Hands Award for service in preserving the history of the women and girls of Philadelphia.

The annual award is bestowed by the New Century Trust, a 130-year old women’s non-profit that works to improve the educational, economic, and social status of women and girls. HSP’s President and CEO Dr. Page Talbott accepted the award at a ceremony held at the Trust’s historic location on Locust Street (directly across from HSP).

3/27/15
Arts and Culture
Community and Public Service
Philadelphia
Politics
Women

When we look back in time, we cannot know everything that happened in full detail. The historical record is rarely, if ever, complete. Yet when we present history, we inevitably fill in the gaps, create the voices that spoke, the characters that lived.  Are we creating fiction?  Have we made history un-true?  Or have we actually created a truth greater than mere fact? 

3/19/15

1865 was a pivotal year in American history. With the end of the Civil War, Lincoln’s assassination, and the beginning of Reconstruction, politics were forever changed. On a more human scale, lives were changed, too.

3/18/15
19th century
African American
Civil War
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Politics
Slavery

In 1961, US Supreme Court decisions that overturned racial segregation in interstate travel were largely ignored in the South. To challenge this status quo, more than 400 black and white Americans, called Freedom Riders, performed a simple act. They traveled into the segregated South in small interracial groups and sat where they pleased on interstate buses.

3/15/15
20th century
African American
Civil Rights
Politics

3/10/15

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, HSP has partnered with area institutions to host four film discussion events based onCreated Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. These documentaries feature riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America.

3/9/15
20th century
21st century
African American
Civil Rights
Politics

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