PHILADELPHIA, PA - The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the addition of a new database to the HSP Encounters system: Manumissions and Indentures (1773-1865). This database contains information taken from selected documents contained in Series IV of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society papers (#0490), manumissions, indentures, and other legal papers.
PHILADELPHIA, PA - The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is proud to announce a new database, World's Fairs: A Global History of Exposition, is now available for all on-site visitors to HSP's historic library in Center City, Philadelphia.
PHILADELPHIA, PA - HSP is proud to announce the incoming cohort of research fellows. Out of 139 applicants, three scholars were selected for HSP’s short-term Balch Fellowships in Ethnic Studies and Greenfield Fellowship in 20th-Century History. An additional 32 scholars were selected for short-term fellowships jointly sponsored by HSP and the Library Company of Philadelphia (LCP).
Throughout the next 12 months, HSP and LCP will host several short presentations during which fellows discuss their research projects and solicit feedback and advice. Stay tuned for more information.
Join HSP on May 24 as Dr. Nancy Gentile-Ford examines how the U.S. War Department drew on the experiences of progressive social welfare reformers & ethnic community leaders who assisted with training, socializing, and meeting the cultural and religious needs of immigrant soldiers. Her lecture, Americans All! Foreign Born Soldiers in the First World War, will also analyze why the U.S. War Department policies did not call for the harsh Americanization of foreign-born soldiers, but rather fostered an atmosphere that made both American and ethnic pride acceptable.
Often, we teach the First World War through military maneuvers, dates of battles, and key actors. This lecture is an opportunity to learn more about how the American immigrant population affected the U.S. military, bringing a new cultural perspective of WWI into your classroom. In addition to the lecture, HSP has an incredible collection of WWI primary sources based on the Philadelphia perspective of WWI. These resources can supplement lessons on WWI and the primary sources are all available on our digital library!
If you wish to check out these resources, or any of our other resources, visit the WWI Unit Plans on our website. If you wish to attend the Americans All! lecture, you will receive Act 48 credit as well as a free copy of our magazine Pennsylvania Legacies, featuring our WWI collections. The lecture is free, but you do need to register. We hope to see you there!
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the addition of two new volumes of Philadelphia school registration records to the HSP Encounters system. This brings the total number of school registrations to 11,067.
To genealogists, family historians, and scholars, these new records are a boon for historical research into the experiences of public school children in 19th and 20th century Philadelphia.
Thank you to everyone who joined HSP for the 2017 Founder's Award on May 3 at the National Constitution Center. With more than 200 guests in attendance, HSP honored National Book Award Winner James McBride with the Founder’s Award and HSP Board Member Dr. Alice L. George and Library Company of Philadelphia Director Emeritus Dr. John C. Van Horne with the Heritage Award.
American Treasures: Documenting the Nation’s Founding explores the drafting of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, highlighting the key proposals and significant compromises that influenced the early drafts and shaped the document’s final text. Visitors are introduced to the crucial figures who played a role in shaping the Constitution – from James Madison to James Wilson, America’s most important champion of popular sovereignty, or government by “We the People,” and Gouverneur Morris, often credited as the primary writer of the Constitution’s final text.
The latest issue of Legacies, timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into the “Great War,” explores the diversity of Pennsylvanians involved in this global conflict and sheds light on the stories of those whose World War I experiences have been under-explored. The issue is FREE to read online through May 25, 2017.
Note from the Editor:Pennsylvanian Experiences of World War I | Rachel Moloshok
This year's Founder's Award is fast approaching! Honoring National Book Award-winner James McBride, the annual gala will feature a sneak peek at HSP's new exhibit at the National Constitution Center, a performance by McBride's Good Lord Bird Band, and much more.
(Tickets are still available, register here.)
As we count down till Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., check out the media buzz Founder's and the new American Treasures exhibit:
PHILADELPHIA, PA - The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) is pleased to announce the April 2017 issue of the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (PMHB) is free to read online through May 9, 2017.
This issue explores the career of Moravian snuff maker Christopher Demuth, the Civil War politics of Pennsylvania governor Andrew Curtin, and newly discovered antislavery writings of William Southeby.
Click the image below to begin reading.