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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.

The Morreys and Montiers of Philadelphia: A Love Story

Listen to the family story of Dr. William Pickens III, who traced his ancestry all the way back to Humphrey Morrey, who served as the first mayor of Philadelphia in 1691. Pickens’s family tree also includes Richard Morrey, whose marriage to freedwoman Cremona formed one of the city’s most prominent interracial families. Pickens’ journey will inspire you to search for your own family roots. Cosponsored with the Urban League of Philadelphia and Southwest Airlines.

Civil War Commemoration

One hundred and fifty years ago on April 12, the first shots were fired at Fort Sumter in South Carolina, heralding the start of a four-year conflict that would tear our young nation apart. Many of the stories of the Civil War—captured in letters, diaries, and newspaper accounts—are here at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.