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October PMHB now available online!

HSP is pleased to announce that the October issue of its scholarly journal, the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography has been published. Focusing on the history of education in Pennsylvania, it is FREE to read online through the end of 2017.

Contents include:

Editorial | Christina Larocco

Review Essay: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and the Historiography of Urban Public Education in Pennsylvania | William W. Cutler III

Fall Issue of Legacies Exploring Disability History Now Online

The latest issue of Legacies explores the history of the presentation and treatment of disability and disabled persons in Pennsylvania. The issue is FREE to read online through the end of 2017!

Contents include:

Note from the Editor: Abling and Disabling in Pennsylvania History | Rachel Moloshok

"Confined to Crutches": James Logan and the Material Culture of Disability in Early America | Nicole Belolan

The Art of Politics

Join us for an exciting panel discussion on the art of political cartooning!


Political cartoons have played a vibrant role facilitating public dialogue throughout American history. From Benjamin Franklin’s “Join, or Die” snake to the widely syndicated Brother Jonathan character, cartoonists have used caricature and symbolism to capture the political and social climate they inhabited. This election night, join a panel discussion at HSP to learn more about this vivid history while checking out cartoons pulled from the HSP archives.

John Fryer Historic Marker Dedication

Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of Dr. John Fryer. The riveting testimony of John E. Fryer, M.D., led to the declassification of homosexuality as a mental illness by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). In honor of the dedication of this historic marker, HSP will have original documents on display from the Fryer collection for one day only.

The marker will be dedicated in a ceremony on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 1 - 1:30 p.m. Dedication will take place on 13th and Locust Streets, diagonal from HSP.

Fall 2017 Programs and Events

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce its fall 2017 season of programs.  From September through November, HSP will host lectures, panels and other programs that showcase the range and depth of the HSP collection.

Including workshops that teach participants vital genealogical research skills, as well as informational seminars on topics ranging from Quaker abolitionist Warner Mifflin to the role of a Philadelphia institution in the disability rights movement, the fall 2017 suite of activities embodies the credo of HSP: Make History Yours.


Connect with HSP

Did you know that there are now more ways than ever to connect with your history online?

HSP has multiple social media accounts that update regularly – follow us, friend us, and join in the conversation!

Our Facebook page posts links to new blog posts, articles about HSP, interesting things in the collection, and anything else that catches our eye!

Sports of All Sorts!

HSP is pleased to announce a brand-new document display for summer: Sports of All Sorts. Take a break from the summer heat (or mild weather) and head to HSP to see what’s on display!

The materials on display covers a range of sports, from cricket (yes, cricket is played in America too!) to baseball, from rowing to cycling.


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