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HSP and Taller Puertorriqueño are proud to announce the launch of the website “Neighbors/Vecinos.” The website documents 200 years of Puerto Rican heritage in Philadelphia and is the end product of a project to explore how communities can create cultural programs of meaning for their members


Virtue, Liberty, and Independence?” Incarceration in Pennsylvania History document display opens on November 12. From letters of late eighteenth-century reformers hoping to “[alleviate] the miseries of public prisons” to posters demonstrating late twentieth-century activism against police violence, HSP’s collections highlight many aspects of the history of incarceration in Pennsylvania. The display runs through January 6, 2020 and is free and open to the public during regular business hours.

A new document display features books, photographs, and manuscripts documenting the complex history of Philadelphia’s labor movement.

For Immediate Release

Christopher Damiani
Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA (October 21, 2019) – The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the election of Eric W. Noll in the role as Chairman of the Board. He was elected today at the 195th Annual General Meeting. 


A new document display features books, photographs, posters and more.  What Plagues Our City: The History of Public Health in Philadelphia, examines Philadelphia's fraught history with epidemics.  Learn more about the role of African Americans in treating those with yellow fever, how black and gay communities helped with raising early awareness in the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Philadelphia's long struggle with drug addiciton and Pennsylvania's importance in combatting polio.