History Online is an exciting way to learn about and research history without even leaving your home or classroom. This section presents information with a variety of methods – from annotated transcriptions to videos and audio casts to interactive websites.
Online exhibits of documents provide a way of learning about a topic from primary sources. Usually based upon exhibits that were on display at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, these online exhibits allow you to visit again and again.
Within the Media Library, you will find photographs, video, and audio-casts of programs that have been sponsored by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. In addition, many documents are archived here. You can search any of this media by topic, keyword, or title.
Philadelphia: The Great Experiment is a multi-format historical documentary television film and Internet project that presents the story of Philadelphia, the single most compelling stage for the unfurling and testing of American ideals. The documentary explores America’s first city from its pre-history and then across nearly four centuries, as the nation's laboratory of ideas, a place of continuous innovation, exploration, and inquiry.