Media Library

Browse HSP's media library to view photographs from past events and exhibits, audio and video recordings, and documents.

Recent Posts

Artist Embedded: Their Story; Our Story - African American Women and the Fight for Freedom
5/15/15
Ain Gordon, playwright of If She Stood and our Artist Embedded.
New Century Trust's 2015 Willing Hands Award Ceremony
3/31/15
Members of HSP,  Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, and the New Century Trust at the 2015 Willing Hands Award ceremony.
Genealogy Roadshow Films at HSP
2/16/15
Genealogy Roadshow Films at HSP

Don't forget to tune in! The Genealogy Roadshow: Historical Society of Pennsylvania episode premiers February 17 at 8 p.m. on PBS.

Genealogy Roadshow visits HSP during Season 2 and discovers fascinating Philadelphia family history. One woman’s ancestor may have sparked historic labor laws; a pastor may have an outlaw in her family tree; a woman learns about slave genealogy and – with the help of DNA testing – gets the answer she has waited for; and another woman learns her ancestor may have helped others escape the Holocaust.

Stetson Autumn & Winter 2015 Collection Catalog
2/10/15
Stetson Autumn & Winter 2015 Collection Catalog
Researching Your Irish Family
5/12/15
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Irish family history has always been described as difficult because of the absence of 19th century census data.  In this video recorded at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on December 3, 2014, professional genealogist Frank Southcott looked at the importance of basic family research in the United States and explore the various alternative resources to develop the Irish family in Ireland. 

Stories from the Archives: Frances Harper - Abolitionist
4/1/15
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Tiffany Player, PhD candidate at Washington University in St. Louis, discusses an early black female abolitionist, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, and her work during the 19th century.

Traditional Irish Music by Blackthorn
3/30/15
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John McGroary, Michael Boyce, and John Boyce of Blackthorn performed traditional Irish music after the Leaving the Emerald Isle event on 11-11-14 at HSP.

Leaving the Emerald Isle
3/30/15
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During the mid 19th century, large numbers of Irish citizens made the perilous journey to America with the the hopes of escaping poverty, famine, and oppression. As thousands of immigrants made Philadelphia their home, they were met with religious and ethnic prejudices.  Moderated by Charlene Mires, professor of History at Rutgers-Camden, this panel of experts examines the challenges and issues faced by the Irish as they struggled to integrate into American society.

Voicing the Absent: Crafting History
5/12/15

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In this audio recorded at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, historian Jane Kamensky, filmmaker Louis Massiah and Ain Gordon discuss the ways hsitorians try to describe past events as they really happened. They aim at faithful representation. Yet we cannot know what others feel and think, and so historians must always take license with their subjects.

The Truth Behind "Hold These Truths"
5/12/15

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This is an audio recording of the event held at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. The program begins with a presentation by Dr. Franklin Odo, visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania. It's followed by  a sneak peak of Hold These Truths, performed by local actor Makoto Hirano, a one-man show about the real life journey of Gordon Hirabayashi, the man who famously defied forcible removal and took his case all the way to the Supreme Court... twice!  It concludes with a discussion between Dr.

Preserving American Freedom in the Classroom
12/19/13

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David Reader wrote the lessons plans for Preserving American Freedom and talks about as a teacher using primary sources in the classroom and how other teachers can utilize Preserving American Freedom in their own classrooms as well.

The Contested History of American Freedom
12/19/13

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Eric Foner explores the centrality of freedom to America’s identity and its complicated legacy.

Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and the author of numerous works on American history. His most recent book is The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, winner, among other awards, of the Bancroft, Lincoln, and Pulitzer Prizes.

Citizenship and Freedom in Post Civil War America
12/19/13

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In the late 19th century and early 20th century, Walter Licht explores who is considered a rightful citizen of the United States and what rights and liberties these citizens could or could not exercise.

Walter Licht is the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches American economic and labor history.  He is an award-winning author of historical studies on industrialization, work, and labor markets.

Preserving American Freedom and the Common Core Standards
12/19/13

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Sally Flaherty talks about how Preserving American Freedom fulfills Pennsylvania and Common Core standards.

 

The files below supplement Kim Gallon's article "The Blood Demonstration: Teaching the History of the Philadelphia Welfare Rights Organization," published in Teaching Pennsylvania History, a special collaborative issue published jointly by the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography and Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies.

1/9/15
Reports/Articles

The files below supplement Mary Carroll Johansen's article "Pennsylvania’s Past from a Unique Perspective: Oral History," published in Teaching Pennsylvania History, a special collaborative issue published jointly by the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography and Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies.

1/9/15
Reports/Articles

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11/17/14
3/27/13
Reports/Articles
9/4/12
Presentations

Presentation covering the use of primary sources with board games for history education given at Gencon's 2012 Trade Day conference.  It provides methods for educators and students to create their own scenarios using primary sources and existing boardgames to better understand history through simulation.

The four scenarios covered within the presentation for use with Settlers of America: Trails to Rails can be downloaded here.

8/13/12
Presentations