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1/22/16

PHILADELPHIA, PA - The January 2016 issue of the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (PMHB) has now been published. The issue features essays exploring various facets of Pennsylvania history, an overview of recently processed collections at HSP, and book reviews. 

From January 27 through February 3, the new issue of PMHB will be freely available to readClick here to start exploring the issue.

1/15/16

PHILADELPHIA, PA - As family history and genealogy have emerged as global phenomena, millions of Americans are delving into the past to discover their families, their stories, and themselves.

For many, however, the first step is the most daunting: Where to begin? Researching in a library or online present their own unique challenges for beginner and experienced genealogists alike.

1/7/16

Threading together centuries of trends and tastes, HSP's newest document display Fashion: “The Fastest Moving, Most Fragile, and Fickle Fleeting Business” explores the many ways fashion is marketed and promoted, from French fashion plates to American window displays. The display runs Tuesday, January 12, through Friday, February 12. Free and open to the public. 

1/7/16

Listen close: Libraries are louder than you’ve heard. Sitting silent in the stacks and vaults are the booming soundscapes of the past: scores of sheet music, recordings, concert posters, songbooks, and more.

1/4/16

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) and the Library Company of Philadelphia (LCP) jointly award approximately 25 one-month fellowships for research in residence in either or both collections during each academic year. Fellows hail from across the country and around the world, utilizing both institutions' collections in contemporary scholarship.