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Format: 2015-01-24
Format: 2015-01-24
Format: 2015-01-24

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.


Raymond Frohlich comes to HSP from New York University

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania recently hired Raymond Frohlich as Director of Information Technology, a newly created position that will help HSP improve and enhance its use of technology. Frohlich has a masters degree from New York University and most recently worked as the Systems Manager for the Division of Libraries at New York University.



Honorees include Cokie Roberts, Marciarose Shestack, Jerome Shestack, and Henry Lafayette Collins III

Philadelphia, PA— The Historical Society of Pennsylvania will honor four extraordinary individuals at its prestigious Founder’s Award dinner on Thursday, April 29, 2010. Called “A 1910 Celebration” in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Society’s building, the event will be held at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania at 1300 Locust Street in Philadelphia.


The Historical Society of Pennsylvania sold a rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln to an anonymous buyer March 23. This document was one of two in the Historical Society’s collection. The sale price set a record for this type of document.

The proceeds from the sale will be placed in a board-restricted fund, which will be used for the care and conservation of the Historical Society’s collection, as per the guidelines of the American Association for State and Local History.


HSP will celebrate with an exhibit, behind-the-scenes tours, and festive party

This April, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania will celebrate 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.