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Stories From the Archives: Animal Photographs

Archivist Cary Majewicz-Hutto discusses family pet photos found in the Fenton and Remak family papers. A predecessor to “Lolcat” pictures, these early 20th-century photographs include pets in various poses and dressed in costume. Stories From the Archives is a video series in which an HSP staff member highlights one of his or her favorite items from the collection.

Picturing History

Photographs can tell a lot of stories, if you know how to read them. On April 11, 2012, HSP's Photograph Conservator D'Arcy White presented a lecture titled "Picturing History" on the art of reading photographs. Using examples from HSP's collection, White discussed how to study photographs and dig deeper than their first impression.

David McCullough Founders Award Speech

David McCullough's award acceptance speech at the 2012 Founder's Award dinner.

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Light-Color Play by Maurice Wright

The above video, entitled "Light-Color Play," utilizes a painted board by Mary Elizabeth Hallock Greenwalt which can be found in Box 12, Folder 3 of this collection.

George Washington Was Here

In conjunction with the exhibit Discover the Real George Washington at the National Constitution Center, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania hosted George Washington Document Display.  The items included Washington's pocket diary, Martha Washington's cookbook, the diary of Washington's private secretary, Tobias Lear, who chronicled Washington's last days and death, and even a lock of Washington's hair!  General Washington also visited and recounted some stories of his time in Philadelphia.