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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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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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9/19/18
Before the advent of social media, black young adults in Philadelphia looked to student publications to share the ways they imagined creating social change in the 1960s and 1970s.
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9/17/18
On September 17, 1778, representatives from the United States and leaders from the Lenape signed the first written treaty between the country and an American Indian tribe. 
 
Before this event, colonial settlers entered into informal truces with American Indian tribes. Take, for example, the oral agreement between William Penn and the Lenape in 1682. Penn met with Lenape leaders underneath an elm tree near Shackamaxon (present day Kensington).  Penn entered into a mutual promise of friendship and peace with the tribe’s representatives.
Topics : Native American
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9/11/18
Girard College kicks off "a year of discussion and commemoration" in recognition of the racial integration of Girard College with the admission of black students in 1968.
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9/6/18
On September 7, 1968, demonstrators gathered to protest the Miss America pageant in what was the first widely covered media event of the women’s liberation movement.
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