In commemoration of the centennial of the outbreak of the First World War, HSP invited the public to attend Philadelphia and the First World War. This event featured a discussion with scholar Peter Williams about the city's contributions to the war effort, as well as the chance to view HSP's newest document display featuring highlights of our WWI collections.
The event also marked the launch of a new digital history resource, Home Before the Leaves Fall: The Great War, 1914-1918, which seeks to collect and make digitally accessible Great War materials from the Delaware Valley. These include letters, diaries, photographs, scrapbooks, ephemera, realia, and other items. A collaboration between HSP and area institutions, the digital resource will be updated throughout the war's centennial, 2014-2018, and will include materials in various media with accompanying essays and articles contributed by academics and the public alike. Please visit wwionline.org.