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Imagine a free virtual online library of rare historical books from all over the world to help you discover rich, unknown details about the lives of your ancestors. HSP is helping to make this dream a reality. Check out FamilySearch's news about 200,000th digitization milestone below:

Mon, 2015-04-13 14:21

Radicals. Agitators. Troublemakers. Liberators. Called by many names, the abolitionists tore the nation apart in order to make a more perfect union.

Mon, 2015-03-30 16:44

1865 was a pivotal year in American history.

Sat, 2015-03-28 17:05

On Wednesday, March 25, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania was honored to receive the 2015 Willing Hands Award for service in preserving the history of the women and girls of Philadelphia.

Fri, 2015-03-27 15:40

When we look back in time, we cannot know everything that happened in full detail. The historical record is rarely, if ever, complete.

Thu, 2015-03-19 11:48

1865 was a pivotal year in American history. With the end of the Civil War, Lincoln’s assassination, and the beginning of Reconstruction, politics were forever changed. On a more human scale, lives were changed, too.

Wed, 2015-03-18 00:00

In 1961, US Supreme Court decisions that overturned racial segregation in interstate travel were largely ignored in the South.

Sun, 2015-03-15 11:31

Tue, 2015-03-10 00:00

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, HSP has partnered with area institutions to host four film discussion events based on

Mon, 2015-03-09 15:15

In the 1800s, Philadelphia was home to a vibrant African American community that stood at the center of antislavery and civil rights activism, before and after the Civil War.

Sat, 2015-02-21 16:36