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July 15, 2020
The Whiskey Dragon, National Temperance Society and Publication House, 1882. [Pearl ID: 139357]

--by Dean Lewis

January 2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Prohibition Era, when the Eighteenth Amendment[1] to the Constitution went into effect. At the year’s half way mark, let’s add to...

July 2, 2020

--by Maya Holman

I had decided at the end of 2019 that 2020 was going to be my year for experience, travel, and adventure. With this being the last year of my 20s, I had decided I was going to start doing more things outside of work and school and go to places I've always wanted to go and never made the time or effort. I had knocked Virginia off of my list early on visiting my cousin for her birthday in February, and I thought to myself “I’m off to a great start, I'm going to travel my butt off this year. World, here I come!” I still had California, Florida, Tennessee, and...

May 26, 2020

Eight student panelists from the Community College of Philadelphia are creating an exhibit as a part of Building Knowledge & Breaking Barriers: An Archives-Based Learning Project. Here two of the panelists discuss their hopes for the project and the PHS archives.

Interviewer Stephanie Santoro: How did you hear about and enter the program?

Briana Anthony: I was introduced through a CCP History in Architecture class taught by Professor Miles Grosbard.

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May 25, 2020

--by Jean Isteero

Andrew Watson, (1834-1916), an American missionary born in Oliverburn, Perthshire, Scotland, and educated in Waukesha, Wisconsin, wrote in his 1897 book The American Mission In Egypt:

A petition was presented to his Highness Ishmael Pasha begging him to give us a free grant of a piece of...

May 11, 2020
Edwin Brumbaugh at Pottsgrove Manor. Image courtesy of the Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera, Winterthur Library.

--by Douglas McVarish

The Presbyterian Historical Society turned 100 years old in the mid-twentieth century. Always located in Philadelphia, the Society’s first home was at 821 Chestnut Street. Then, in 1897, the Society moved to the Witherspoon Building at 1319-1323 Walnut Street, a high-rise erected to house...

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