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Format: 2015-04-19
Format: 2015-04-19
Format: 2015-04-19

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

A library can be a bewildering place. For many middle and high school students, they are a labyrinth of stacks, databases, and jargon. Those with homework or projects requiring research often ask: Where do I start?

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP), one of the largest special collection libraries in the country, has the answer: Here.

2/1/15

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

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

Students in grades 6-12 can get assistance with their research each Wednesday starting Wednesday, October 1 from 2:30-8:30 p.m.

8/27/14

The history of American liberty is a collage of individual struggles—for independence from England, for the abolition of slavery, for a woman’s right to vote.

Fifty documents showing the evolution of American freedom have been restored and digitized by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) thanks to support from Bank of America.

9/11/13

Two Pennsylvania teachers were selected as winners of the Teaching Thrift Curriculum Development Contest, sponsored by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Arlene Haigh, the grand prize winner, and Susan Condor , the runner-up winner, received their awards at the Creating Thrift Curriculum Teacher Institute, held at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in July.

8/15/13