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Format: 2014-04-19
Format: 2014-04-19
Format: 2014-04-19

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the planning phase of a digital history project about the Underground Railroad. The project will tell this extraordinary story through the personal accounts of the enslaved men and women who passed through Philadelphia between 1852 and 1857. The project will digitally link the manuscript journal and published book of William Still, known as the “Father of the Underground Railroad.”

12/5/12

For a limited time, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is offering a discount on archival prints, perfect for the history lovers on your shopping list. Whether you are looking for views of old Philadelphia, stunning photographs, colorful watercolors, or historic maps, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania has a wide range of unique items from its collection to choose from.

11/20/12

During the next three years, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania will conserve the records of the Bank of North America, our nation’s first bank. This preservation project is supported by a grant from Wells Fargo, which traces its lineage back to this important institution proposed by Robert Morris and Alexander Hamilton and chartered by the Second Continental Congress in 1781.

11/15/12
Banking

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania recently acquired two collections related to siblings George F. Parry and Susan Parry, two pioneering medical professionals from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. George F. Parry was one of the first college-trained veterinary surgeons to serve during the Civil War. His diaries provide detailed and vivid accounts of his duties and daily life in the field as well as civilian life after the war. Parry’s sister, Susan Parry, was one of the first trained female physicians in the state and a graduate of the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania.

11/12/12
Civil War
Science and Medicine

Now you can own a piece of history. Digital reproductions of items from the Historical Society’s collection are available for sale as high-quality archival prints, perfect for the history lovers on your holiday list.

11/5/12

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of Phase II of its Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR). The goal of the HCI-PSAR project is to make better known and more accessible the often hidden archival collections held by the many small, primarily volunteer-run historical organizations in the Philadelphia area.

10/2/12

Bartram’s Garden, the Wharton Esherick Museum, the Concord Township Historical Society, and the Friends of the Japanese House and Garden are among the honorees for the first annual History in Pennsylvania “HIP” Awards. The awards will be presented at the History Affiliates Luncheon on October 19, 2012.

9/4/12

History Affiliates is pleased to announce the keynote speaker at this year's History in Philadelphia (HIP) Awards will be the First Lady of Pennsylvania, Susan Manbeck Corbett. With her background in museum work and abiding love of Pennsylvania history and culture, Ms.

8/21/12

Nominations are now being accepted for the first annual History in Pennsylvania “HIP” Awards, which will be presented at the History Affiliates Luncheon on October 19, 2012. Nomination forms are available at www.hsp.org/hipawards.

7/3/12

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