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Format: 2014-09-19
Format: 2014-09-19
Format: 2014-09-19

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) announced this week the appointment of Beth Twiss Houting as the new Senior Director of Programs and Services, responsible for all on-site, online, and outreach education, interpretation, and history and heritage programs of the organization. She will begin December 1, 2010.


This year the Historical Society of Pennsylvania celebrates the 100th anniversary of its stately red brick building at the corner of 13th and Locust Streets. Thousands of people pass by this building every day, but few know the fascinating story behind this historic structure—one of the first fireproof libraries in the United States.


Auction will raise funds for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania



Prints of maps, watercolors, and other documents available in time for the holiday season


Work made possible through a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission


These national treasures are coming out of the vault for one day only on Constitution Day


Dr. Daniel Rolph, historian and head of reference services at HSP, was recently featured on the National Geographic Channel. Rolph was interviewed as part of a show titled "Blood Rain and Star Jelly." The show first aired on June 7 and will be rebroadcast.


Several local students and teachers will continue to the national finals in June

Local students and teachers distinguished themselves and our city with a large number of awards at Pennsylvania National History Day, held May 12-13 at Millersville University. National History Day LOGO


Discover a time when taverns were more numerous than churches, and the price of beer was a penny a pot (pint). The Historical Society of Pennsylvania will hold a special event on Thursday, June 10, during Philadelphia Beer Week, featuring local brewery historian Rich Wagner. Wagner will give a talk about early Philadelphia taverns and the drinks they served.


PhilaPlace.org has won an honorable mention at the highly competitive Museums and the Web 2010 conference hosted by the Archives & Museum Informatics. Museums and the Web is the most prestigious of the annual Web site conference awards that recognizes great work in the field of culture, science, and heritage online. PhilaPlace.org received the award in the exhibitions category, which receives the most submissions of any of the competitive categories.