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Fondly, Pennsylvania is HSP's main blog.  Here you will find posts on our latest projects and newest discoveries, as well articles on interesting bits of local history reflected in our collection.  Whether you are doing research or just curious to know more about the behind-the-scenes work that goes on at HSP, please read, explore, and join the conversation!

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11/12/18
This blog, the last in the 1968 series, addresses the Vietnam War and the complexity of opinions that swirled around US involvement then - controversy that continues to effect some people today. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, in partnership with Warrior Writers, currently is implementing a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) that consists of a series of discussion programs to help veterans and their families speak opening about their experiences. Look for a public program in April 2019 as a capstone to The Art of Re-integration: Veterans and the Silences of War.
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11/2/18
Today news reports in Philadelphia often discuss how the building boom that invigorates parts of the city’s economy is not a wealth shared by all. Gentrification in neighborhoods, especially those bordering Center City, displace long-time residents. University expansions throughout the city have a similar effect. This situation is not new as this blog about Temple University expansion in the 1960s portrays.
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10/31/18
Judith Bernstein-Baker, former executive director of HIAS Pennsylvania, explores the methods of obtaining U.S. citizenship and immigrant experiences during the naturalization process.
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10/26/18
Black artists during the 1960s and 70s created an immense body of work that confronted endemic discrimination and empowered black voices to tell their own stories. Philadelphia severed as a major cultural center for this movement, evidenced by several collections at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
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10/18/18
Author Chris Damiani
In the 1960s, artists responded to and created calls for action within their work. Music, film, theatre, and comic books provided commentary on subjects including civil rights, black pride, the Vietnam War, and Communism.
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10/11/18
Less than six months after its theatrical release, Marvel’s superhero movie Black Panther had gone on to become the ninth-highest-grossing film of all time, notable for its mostly black cast (a rarity in the genre) and its celebration of black culture against a backdrop of political turmoil that echoes realities of today. While the comic-book character that inspired the film wasn’t directly inspired by the political party that shared its name, both were born more than fifty years ago out of a very real movement for black empowerment.
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10/10/18
Author Chris Damiani
In late 1968, after a decade of trial and exploration, the astronauts aboard Apollo 8 became the first humans to orbit the moon. This feat brought civilization closer than ever to the celestial frontier, which had fascinated people for millennia. In the past, events in space told kings when to go to war, lovers whom to marry, and—perhaps most significantly—gave a home to the gods. We learned how to read the heavens and in return were rewarded with divine knowledge.
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10/4/18
During the 1960s, the American Friends Service Committee played a significant role in protesting the Vietnam War as well as leading the efforts in draft resistance and support programs for conscientious objectors. Learn more about the beginnings of the American Service Committee and how its activism during the First and Second World War led to its important work decades later.
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10/3/18
On October 10, HSP continues its program series 1968: Civil Unrest and Civil Rights. The panel discussion that evening will focus on various ways people worked to ensure full civil rights for wider segments of the population. One of the methods used was known as selective patronage campaigns, a short history of which is given here.
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9/27/18
From labor rights to civil rights, the feminist movement to the gay rights movement, Rustin emerged as a prominent leader in a number of social struggles. Despite his stature and celebrity, however, few are aware of the role he played in the Journey of Reconciliation: the original Freedom Ride.
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