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Format: 2014-08-27
Format: 2014-08-27
Format: 2014-08-27

Several of the country’s most significant documents will get new life and increased visibility thanks to a joint effort between the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and Bank of America.

Titled “Preserving American Freedom,” the project will transcribe and annotate historic documents, including a handwritten draft of the U.S. Constitution, to allow for more sophisticated searching and analysis.

6/25/12

June 18 marks the 200th anniversary of the start of the War of 1812, a three-year battle between the United States and Great Britain. On this anniversary, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) will host a free, one-day display of documents that present the story of the war as told by the soldiers, politicians, and citizens on the homefront.

5/29/12
19th century
Military conflict
War of 1812

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is proud to announce that more than 6,100 collection level records are now available online through discover.hsp.org. Many of these records were previously unavailable online making this a valuable addition for researchers.

4/5/12

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania will offer teacher institutes this year, all for Act 48 or graduate credit. The institutes cover topics including Emancipation, the City of Philadelphia, and Thrift.

4/3/12

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is seeking two Fellows to develop educational materials and conduct teacher workshops. Applications are due by April 30.

3/27/12

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) recently acquired two new collections, including diaries from Philadelphia publisher Mathew Carey dating from 1828-1836 and more than 300 letters from Carey’s son, Henry Charles Carey. These two collections are an invaluable resource for scholars and shed new light on Mathew Carey, an Irish immigrant who founded and operated America’s most successful publishing house.

3/26/12

Photographs can tell a lot of stories, if you know how to read them. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) invites the public to attend a free event April 11, to learn the art of “reading” photographs. The Historical Society’s Photograph Specialist D’Arcy White will discuss how to study photographs and dig deeper than their first impression.

3/15/12

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has opened an exhibit titled Fiber Points: Textile and Handcraft Heritage, which runs from now until June 15. This exhibit details the history of textile manufacturing in the Philadelphia area and features examples of ethnic heritage and handcrafts as well as handcrafts from wartime, with patterns dating from the Civil War to World War I.

3/7/12

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) has partnered with Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, to make our collection more accessible to researchers. As part of this partnership, Ancestry.com has digitized more than 7.5 million Pennsylvania vital records from HSP’s collection, including church, cemetery, and undertaker records from every county in the state from 1708 through 1985.

1/26/12

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce that it will honor Pulitzer-Prize winning author and historian David McCullough with its prestigious Founder’s Award. The annual dinner and awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at the National Museum of American Jewish History.

1/17/12