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HSP’s collections contain materials from hundreds of years ago through present day, documenting the lives of ordinary and extraordinary people, fulfilling our mission to make history relevant and exhilarating for all.
From January 8 to February 15, we’re displaying a few of our wintry favorites by David Johnston Kennedy (1816-1898), a railroad agent and amateur painter who produced more than 1,000 watercolors of Philadelphia.
As swabs and samples are sent off to companies like Ancestry and 23andMe in the coming weeks, professional genealogist Sydney Cruice Dixon has some words of wisdom for anyone eagerly awaiting the results: “DNA gives you more work to do, not less. This is just the beginning of your genealogy journey.”