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The Debut of Project AAC

HSP is pleased to announce the kickoff of Project AAC. Every month, a newly-donated collection will be selected. The preservation and cataloging for that collection will be entirely crowdfunded. Our Adopt-a-Collection program has helped preserve hundreds of manuscripts and other important historical documents – and now it’s easier than ever to support HSP’s great work!

October PMHB now available online!

HSP is pleased to announce that the October issue of its scholarly journal, the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography has been published. Focusing on the history of education in Pennsylvania, it is FREE to read online through the end of 2017.

Contents include:

Editorial | Christina Larocco

Review Essay: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and the Historiography of Urban Public Education in Pennsylvania | William W. Cutler III

Fall Issue of Legacies Exploring Disability History Now Online

The latest issue of Legacies explores the history of the presentation and treatment of disability and disabled persons in Pennsylvania. The issue is FREE to read online through the end of 2017!

Contents include:

Note from the Editor: Abling and Disabling in Pennsylvania History | Rachel Moloshok

"Confined to Crutches": James Logan and the Material Culture of Disability in Early America | Nicole Belolan

The Art of Politics

Join us for an exciting panel discussion on the art of political cartooning!


Political cartoons have played a vibrant role facilitating public dialogue throughout American history. From Benjamin Franklin’s “Join, or Die” snake to the widely syndicated Brother Jonathan character, cartoonists have used caricature and symbolism to capture the political and social climate they inhabited. This election night, join a panel discussion at HSP to learn more about this vivid history while checking out cartoons pulled from the HSP archives.


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