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

The story of Pennsylvania is inextricably linked to the history of energy—from the forests and waters of Penn Woods, to the anthracite and bituminous coal fields of the northeast and southwest corners of the state, up to the natural gas trapped in the state’s Marcellus Shale formation. Throughout its history, Pennsylvania has fueled the nation. 

11/3/15
Business
Environment and Nature
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Politics
Science and Medicine

In an unprecedented collaboration, three Philadelphia-based cultural organizations will co-host a webcast of “Puerto Rico Aquí y Allá: a multidisciplinary symposium bringing U.S. and island-based scholars into dialogue about the Puerto Rican diaspora.

The symposium is a joint presentation of the Smithsonian and the Universidad del Turabo. The webcast will be presented on Thursday, November 5 from 2:00 – 6:30 pm at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. 

10/30/15

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) and the Library Company of Philadelphia (LCP) jointly award approximately 25 one-month fellowships for research in residence in either or both collections during each academic year. Fellows hail from across the country and around the world, utilizing both institutions' collections in contemporary scholarship. 

HSP and LCP proudly welcome the November 2015 fellows:

 

10/26/15

As one of the nation's preeminent repositories of genealogical material, HSP is pleased to preview its 2016 family history programming, from new collaborations with FamilySearch and Findmypast, to continuing partnerships with the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists

10/26/15
Ethnic history
Genealogy
Immigration
Philadelphia

In 1972, a disguised speaker – Dr. Anonymous – addressed the American Psychiatric Association (APA) regarding its classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder. Until this time, homosexual men and women were considered ill, with the APA's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual recommending "cures" including electro-shock therapy and lobotomy.

The following year, the APA removed the classification, the culmination of Dr. Anonymous' work as well as the efforts of activists Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings.

10/26/15
20th century
Civil Rights
Philadelphia
Science and Medicine
Women

Hosted by actor Sam Waterston, the documentary series Visionaries highlights the rarely told stories of nonprofit organizations around the world working to make a positive difference in their community and beyond.

10/26/15

HSP's Library and Archive staff continue to catalog and make available new items for researchers, including newly-processed manuscript collections, reference works, and published histories. More information about these items can be found in Discover, HSP's online catalog. Follow the blog, New in the Library, to stay up-to-date. 


HSP has a sizeable selection of titles relating to the Civil War, with several recently cataloged.

10/15/15

Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf announced this week the designation of nine extraordinary women as Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania. These women were nominated by non-profit organizations within the commonwealth in recognition of outstanding accomplishments of statewide or national importance.

10/15/15

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) and the Library Company of Philadelphia (LCP) jointly award approximately 25 one-month fellowships for research in residence in either or both collections during each academic year. Fellows hail from across the country and around the world, utilizing both institutions' collections in contemporary scholarship. 

HSP and LCP proudly welcome the October 2015 fellows:

 

10/9/15

As part of the city-wide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Annual Reminder Demonstrations for gay rights, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the William Way LGBT Center are collaborating on Fighting Back: Defending the LGBT Mind and Body in Pennsylvania, an LGBT health history conference on October 18th & 19th.

9/16/15
20th century
Civil Rights
Government and civics
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Politics
Science and Medicine
Women