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Historical Society of Pennsylvania Spring 2017 Programs

Spring 2017 Programs

From the city's first elderly care organization to foreign-born soldiers serving in the "War to End All Wars," discover hidden stories from Philadelphia's 300-plus-year history this spring with HSP.

View Spring 2017 Programs.

HSP News 

HSP is pleased to announce the addition of two new databases to its HSP Encounters system: the Russian Brotherhood insurance claim records and the Philadelphia public school records, the first of a twelve-volume set.





The 1763 Conestoga Massacre was the brutal murder of 21 Susquehannock men, women, and children by a vigilante group of Scotch-Irish frontiersmen known as the Paxton Boys. Learn more with HSP's latest FREE document display.



  From the history of the Liberty Bell to how Philadelphia streets got their names, HSP's Lee Arnold knows a thing or two about the City of Brotherly Love. How much do you know?




HSP's Education team is proud to have contributed the curriculum guide for “The Founders and Us: The Relevance of Our Origins”




New Blog Posts

Perhaps best known today as Broadway's answer to "How can history be made relevant," to contemporaries Alexander Hamilton was notorious for his support of central banking. In the 19th century, however, it was another banker that stole the spotlight: Philadelphian Nicholas Biddle.






8c7ad6d0 bc00 406e b350 ae740b8f2791This month 200 years ago, one woman set out to solve a problem vexing Philadelphia then as now: how to compassionately care for the city's aged population




Walloped on the battlefield and with morale sinking in tandem with the temperature, Washington was in a bad way heading into that first Revolut ionary Christmas.




On Dec. 17, 113 years ago, two bicycle manufacturers from Dayton, Ohio, solved that which had beguiled humanity's greatest minds for millennia: "The Flying Problem."





Genealogy @ HSP

HSP is partnering with the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History (ISBGFH) to explore various educational venues to research your British Isles family history.





Foundations of Genealogy II is designed for researchers seeking to further develop and strengthen their genealogy skills. The 8-week class is the follow-up to Foundations of Genealogy I, a course offered in 2015 and 2016 at HSP. Only a few spots remain, register now!




Researching Family in Pennsylvania, a week-long genealogy course designed to explore and explain the records and repositories available to family historians researching ancestors in Pennsylvania, will take place at HSP July 31 - August 4, 2017.















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Pearl Harbor and the Erosion of Citizenship


Pearl Harbor
and the Erosion of Citizenship


November 16 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Delve into the historical background of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and discuss the event’s continuing impact on American public memory with West Chester University's Dr. Robert Kodosky, Ph.D.

Following the lecture, learn how to preserve your family's Second World War artifacts with the Caring for Your Paper Collections: Preservation Best Practices workshop describing methods for preserving and sharing the letters, photographs, and other materials from the period. 

Act 48 credit is available. FREE for educators that attend the November 12 Melding Media and Primary Sources workshop.

Speaker's Bio: Dr. Robert Kodosky (Ph.D. Temple University, 2006) joined the West Chester University history department in 2002 after teaching high school social studies in Philadelphia from 1989-2001.

FREE for HSP members; $10 for nonmembers.
Pearl Harbor and the Erosion of Citizenship is sponsored by the
Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts


Melding Media and Primary Sources

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching the Second World War and the Homefront

November 12 | 9:30 - 1:00 p.m.

This teacher workshop, jointly presented by HSP and History Making Productions (HMP), will provide educators with primary source materials from the Second World War, including personal diaries, posters, and scrapbooks.

Participants will get to see first-hand, using HSP's collections, the effects of the war on average citizens.

Attendees will view a film by HMP that focuses on the impact of the transit strike here in Philadelphia during the war. In addition, the workshop will also explore the effects of Pearl Harbor, advertising, working conditions, and military mobilization.   

Act 48 credit is available.

$15 with a $5 refund upon arrival. 
Utilizing the collections of the former Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, HSP explores the complex – and changing – notions surrounding the concepts of “citizen,” “immigrant,” and “refugee,” with leaders from various ethnic backgrounds. FREE and open to the public on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m.

HSP News

How do people from different cultural backgrounds and identities coexist, interact, and flourish together, and on what terms?

In this special issue of the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, we bring together scholars of Pennsylvania history to revisit some of these questions using current approaches to immigration and ethnicity.

The latest issue, "Immigration and Ethnicity in Pennsylvania History," is FREE to read online through December 16!

Latest Blog Posts

To commemorate this year's Halloween, meet the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s former cataloger and (alleged) resident ghost, Albert Edmunds.
Nearly a year before the United States entered World War II, a group of Americans attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Their method? Black magic.
As we approach the 75th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, HSP's Vincent Fraley looks at the impact of the event on Japanese, Italian, and German Americans living throughout the United States.
More than 170 years ago, Philadelphian Joseph Saxton did something extraordinary. Learn more about the oldest extant photograph in the United States

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The preservation and care of HSP's extraordinary collections and the funding for its various programs and publications are made possible through the generous support of HSP's members, friends, and donors. We invite you to be a part of this important work. For more information about how to support HSP, click the button below.
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Historical Society of Pennsylvania Digital Subscription

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Digital Subscription

Now you can access HSP records from your home!

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The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is proud to announce a new way to look at genealogical and historical records from your home. By signing up for a Digital Subscription today you can access the following databases (previously only available to our members) for only $50 for a one-year subscription:

  • Pennsylvania and New Jersey Church and Town Records (1708-1985)
  • HSP Encounters, over 258,000 unique names from the following databases:
    • Oliver H. Bair Company Funeral Records (1920-1980)
    • Genealogical Scrapbooks & Research Folders (1607-1958)
    • Home Missionary Society of Philadelphia (1883-1889)
    • Philadelphia Home for Infants (1873-1924)
    • Philadelphia Placement Office (1898-1901)
    • Pennsylvania, Revolutionary War Battalions and Militia Index (1775-1783)
  • Adam Matthew Digital databases
    • Global Commodities
    • Migration to New Worlds
    • Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice: 1490-2007

Our staff is committed to making additional databases available to our Digital Subscribers so look out for new records to be released in the future.

Please note that this is a subscription and not a membership. It does not include any free visits to the library or any discounts normally associated with membership.

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Museum says missing Nazi submarine mystery solved

A Danish war museum says it found German U-boat U-3523 embedded on the sea floor, quashing years of speculation.



The Face of a Monster: America's Frankenstein

The Paperback of the The Face of a Monster: America's Frankenstein by Patricia Earnest Suter at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $25 or more!

USS Indianapolis wreckage found 72 years later - CNN Video

The remains of the USS Indianapolis, which delivered parts of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, and was later sunk by a Japanese submarine, have been found.


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Siberia: Medieval Mummies From Mystery Arctic Civilization Discovered in Zelenyy Yar Necropolis

Two medieval mummies from a mystery Arctic civilization have been discovered at the edge of Siberia. The remains of an adult and baby were found in the Zelenyy Yar necropolis, an archaeological complex first discovered in 1997, and were covered in copper-with the adult having been plated from head to


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A New Looking-Glass for the 1764 Pamphlet War




BibleRescue - Reuniting famly bibles with family

The family bible is a family's connection to the past and future. It connects an entire family across generations to their history, to their faith and provides an understanding of who their ancestors were. Family bibles often contain locks of hair, photographs, newspaper articles in addition to names, dates of birth, death and marriages.




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Fastnacht Day: February 28 at

York County History Center

Fastnacht Day will be celebrated at the York County History Center’s Historical Society Museum on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. – noon. The Friends of the History Center will serve fastnachts, coffee, tea and hot chocolate at the Museum, located at 250 E. Market Street, York.

This free event is held each year as the Friends’ “thank you” to the community for their support throughout the year. Fastnacht Day originated with Pennsylvania Germans on Shrove Tuesday, when all fat had to be removed from the home before Lent.

The Friends hold fundraising events all year to benefit the programs and exhibits of the History Center.


York County History Center Closed January 26-27, 2017



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Did colonial courthouse windows end up in the Dover area?

Jonathan Mifflin turns down York County post

York, Pa., really is the center of the universe, especially when you consider its place in historical events. Local historian June Lloyd looks at how things have converged on our hometown, past and present.





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Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society has added a new field trip to the 2016 schedule of events. Get a new view of historic sights in Lancaster and Lebanon with the upcoming field trip, "The Trail of Greenywalt's Boys."


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African American History Month programs among 18 special events at the museums of the State of Delaware during February 2018


Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs to sponsor eight free programs during January 2018


Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs to sponsor 21 special programs during the 2017 winter-holiday season


“Doctor Who and William Penn” to be presented at Dover, Del.’s Old State House on Aug. 19, 2017


Newsletter of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs July 28, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 7


Newsletter of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs June 29, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 6



Online survey seeks public input regarding the preservation of historic places in Delaware


Newsletter of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs June 1, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 5


Zwaanendael Maritime Celebration: “A Sailor’s Life for Me” in Lewes, Del. on May 27 and 28, 2017

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Newsletter of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs March 27, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 3


Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs to sponsor 14 free programs during March 2017


New exhibit now open at Lewes, Del.’s Zwaanendael Museum


“Listen Up! African-American History” program Rescheduled


Newsletter of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs Jan. 31, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 1


  African American History Month programs among 17 special events at the museums of the State of Delaware during February 2017











Virginia Tech was not the worst school massacre in U.S. history. This was.

That spring morning in 1927 could not have been more beautiful, one of the students would later recall. The Bath Consolidated School just outside East Lansing, Mich., was holding final exams, but before the morning bell rang on May 18, 1927, children ran and played outside. Peals of laughter could be heard.


WWII veteran's remains return home after missing 74 years

ATLANTA (AP) - More than 70 years ago, a U.S. Army plane dubbed "Hot as Hell" was headed for India on a supply mission. It never arrived, and no one went looking for the doomed aircraft or the eight men on board because military officials had no way of pinpointing where it went down.

Sword belonging to commander of black Civil War unit found

BOSTON (AP) - The sword that belonged to the commanding officer of the first all-black regiment raised in the North during the U.S. Civil War has been recovered after being lost to history for more than 150 years. The British-made sword carried into battle by Col.


'America's Frankenstein': Book to examine Philly's 'first mass murderer'

An upcoming book seeks to find the links between the fable of Frankenstein and a brutal Philadelphia mass murder that occurred nearly 50 years after the release of the famous novel. In "The Face of a Monster: America's Frankenstein," Delaware author Patricia Earnest Suter revisits the gruesome killings of eight people at the hands of Anton Probst in 1866.

Jaw-dropping discovery: Soldier's diary retells WWI horrors

Norman Gray, a fresh-faced 19-year-old was shipped off to France in 1914 to fight in World War I. Now his diary resurfaced, documenting the horrors of war.



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