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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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3/15/19
Inspired to begin researching your Irish heritage? You’ll need more than luck! Here are a few tips to get you started in your search.
Topics : Genealogy
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3/14/19
In 1869, an enterprising young man in Philadelphia named Francis Wayland Ayer founded N. W. Ayer & Son, a company that would revolutionize the way that businesses communicate with their customers.
Topics : Business
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3/8/19
The Masonic Hall met a grim fate on March 9, 1819. A chimney fire spread into the building and eventually engulfed the entire structure. Residents of New Castle, Delaware purportedly saw the flames from 32 miles away. A lithograph from HSP’s archives depicts the harrowing scene.
Topics : 19th century
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2/12/19
Highlighting Philadelphia’s creative reuse of historical buildings, a major institution from the city’s theater past reopened this past year: the Metropolitan Opera House.
Topics : Arts and Culture
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2/1/19
For decades, pay inequality between men and women has been an issue in the business world, in entertainment, in politics, and in the sports arena. One collection at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania documents the efforts of several women to level the playing field in at least one of these areas: women’s tennis. One of the women represented in this collection is tennis player Billie Jean King, who may be most famous for her 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match in which she beat Bobby Riggs in three straight sets. But this match was only her second foray into the fight for gender equality—she first was a member of the “Original 9”.
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1/31/19

These reviews were published in the fall 2018 issue of Pennsylvania Legacies (vol. 18, no 2): Protest in 1960s Pennsylvania.

Book Reviews

By Christopher A. Brown

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1/31/19
On September 7, 1968, two protests took place within blocks of one another on the boardwalk of Atlantic City, New Jersey, both giving voice to the growing disgust many Americans felt for the Miss America Pageant. Women’s liberationists objected to the ways it objectified women. Black activists from Philadelphia focused on its exclusionary racism. Both groups hoped that critiquing Miss America might result in meaningful cultural change.
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1/25/19

by Timothy J. Lombardo

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1/22/19
By making a home for themselves and thriving in the area, recent immigrants to the Italian Market neighborhood continue a legacy that stretches back to the 19th century.
Topics : Immigration
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12/13/18
While the annual Christmas Light Show at Wanamaker's originated over a half century ago, Christmas festivities at the Wanamaker Building predate the 1950s. Wreaths festooned to the building’s enormous columns became a yearly fixture in the store’s first decade of operation. In one sign of how the times of changed, dramatic depictions of Jesus’ crucifixion regularly stared down shoppers as they browsed the consumer goods of the day.
Topics : Business
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