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Format: 2015-03-29
Format: 2015-03-29
Format: 2015-03-29

1865 was a pivotal year in American history. With the end of the Civil War, Lincoln’s assassination, and the beginning of Reconstruction, politics were forever changed. On a more human scale, lives were changed, too.

3/18/15
19th century
African American
Civil War
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Politics
Slavery

In 1961, US Supreme Court decisions that overturned racial segregation in interstate travel were largely ignored in the South. To challenge this status quo, more than 400 black and white Americans, called Freedom Riders, performed a simple act. They traveled into the segregated South in small interracial groups and sat where they pleased on interstate buses.

3/15/15
20th century
African American
Civil Rights
Politics

3/10/15

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, HSP has partnered with area institutions to host four film discussion events based onCreated Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. These documentaries feature riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America.

3/9/15
20th century
21st century
African American
Civil Rights
Politics

In the 1800s, Philadelphia was home to a vibrant African American community that stood at the center of antislavery and civil rights activism, before and after the Civil War. During this workshop, teachers will examine Underground Railroad sources at the Historical Society and then move to view “The Genius of Freedom” exhibit at the Library Company of Philadelphia (LCP) next door, discussing how to integrate primary sources into the classroom.

2/21/15
Abolition
African American
Civil War
Philadelphia
Slavery
Women

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, HSP has partnered with area institutions to host events based on  2/20/15

African American
Civil Rights
Immigration
Civil War
Politics
Slavery

For those who may have missed its 2/17 premier, the full Genealogy Roadshow: Historical Society of Pennsylvania episode is now available for streaming.

Please click the image below to watch the full episode. And keep your eyes peeled for HSP staff (hint: look for the cobalt collared shirts)!

2/19/15
Ethnic history
Genealogy
Philadelphia

The genealogists visit HSP and discover some 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.

Genealogy Roadshow: Historical Society of Pennsylvania episode airs February 17 at 8 p.m. on PBS.

2/14/15
Ethnic history
Genealogy
Philadelphia

Hold These Truths tells a story, buried by history, of one American’s attempt to reconcile his love for a country that labeled him a second class citizen. Gordon Hirabayashi’s real-life 50-year journey brings us the astonishing facts of Japanese Internment, the US government’s orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast, through the eyes of a Quaker college student who was simply looking for love and the American Dream.

2/14/15
20th century
Civil Rights
Ethnic history
World War II

HSP's Digital Library is currently inaccessible to the public due to an off-site server issue. We are working to restore the public interface to our digital resources. HSP's digital history projects, shop, and other online features may also be affected. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please contact Vincent Fraley at 215.732.6200 ext. 233 with any questions.

1/28/15