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Format: 2014-04-17
Format: 2014-04-17
Tuesday, 3/27/12
Lecture/Panel Discussion

The history of the modern U.S. Capitol, the iconic seat of American government, is also the history of America’s most tumultuous years. As the majestic new building rose above Washington’s skyline, battles over slavery and secession ripped the country apart. Author Guy Gugliotta will speak at the Library Company of Philadelphia. Preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 3/21/12
Genealogy Workshop

A vast number of immigrants came to America from Eastern Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Border changes, language differences, political considerations, and exotic-sounding surnames often complicate the search for Austrian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Rusyn, Slovak, Ukrainian, and other Eastern European ancestors.

Thursday, 3/15/12
Lecture/Panel Discussion

What does knitting have to do with women’s rights? Join University of Notre Dame professor Pamela Butler as she explores the legacy of knitting and feminism in order to make political sense of today’s so-called “knitting revolution.” A short knitting demonstration, sponsored by Rosie’s Yarn Cellar, will precede the event. Bring your knitting needles!

Wednesday, 3/14/12
Genealogy Workshop

So you have found the occupation of your ancestor, now what? Ancestral occupations can give clues to who our ancestors were, how they lived, where they lived, and most importantly, give them individual identity and personality. The sources that identify occupations are numerous.

Wednesday, 3/14/12
Workshop

This workshop will give an introduction to best practices in caring for any paper-based collection.  Topics covered will include: handling guidelines, assessing storage materials and special needs items, prioritizing for treatment, and understanding preservation and conservation terminology. This program is appropriate for those looking to develop new skills, as well as for individuals wanting to increase their knowledge about best practices in the care of paper-based collections.

Wednesday, 3/7/12
Genealogy Workshop

Brickwalls in African American genealogy can be caused by lack of records or improper research habits. Learning to research effectively can help to avoid these brickwalls.

Saturday, 3/3/12
Conference

Join us for HSP Ancestry Day, a day to discover and celebrate your family history. This full day of workshops will help you start or hone your genealogical skills. Learn tips and tricks for navigating Ancestry.com, the world’s largest family history website. Find out more about the genealogical holdings at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, one of the largest archives in the United States. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

Wednesday, 2/29/12
Teacher Workshop

The Gilded Age of the late 1800s is not typically recalled as an age of reform, though the Pendleton Civil Service Act was signed into law in 1883. This action to stem patronage in federal jobs was a response to the dramatic expansion in the size and scope of government. Reformers hoped its passage would initiate an era of civil service reforms at the state and local levels too, but Pennsylvania did not pass a comprehensive civil service reform law until 1941.

Wednesday, 2/22/12
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Tourism has become increasingly important to Greater Philadelphia’s economy, generating in one year 36 million visitors and $8 billion in economic impact, while supporting 83,000 jobs.

Wednesday, 2/15/12
Workshop

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to make simple enclosures for paper artifacts including folders, boxes, and options for rolled storage.  A selection of commercial storage materials will be reviewed along with the decision-making process for choosing the right enclosures for a variety of artifacts. The speaker will be Anna Yates Krain, Senior Conservation Assistant at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts. Space is limited to 21 participants.

Thursday, 1/19/12
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Philadelphians have claimed the title “City of Firsts” for achievements such as the first hospital in America and the first municipal water system. This discussion focuses on innovation, especially in science and technology. Hosted at the Franklin Institute.

Wednesday, 1/11/12
Workshop

Archivists, collections managers, librarians, curators, and other staff members involved in collections care must manage a variety of tasks, including implementation of collections management plans and policies, management of environmental controls and storage conditions, and provision for safe use and exhibition of collections. This program will provide participants with an overview of the preservation standards for the many aspects of collections care.