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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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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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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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11/28/18
The bidding competition behind HQ2 parallels another historical event that involved Philadelphia and its east coast rival New York City: the contest to host the United Nations (UN) headquarters.
Topics : 20th century
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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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