The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP), with The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, has announced its schedule of events for spring 2002. Unless stated otherwise, events are free, open to the public and held at The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust St., Philadelphia. For more information call 215-732-6200 or visit the Society’s web site: www.hsp.org.
Strangers in the Land of Strangers: Defining “American” in Times of Conflict
To commemorate the 225th anniversary of the Continental Army’s bitter winter at Valley Forge, HSP’s spring exhibit Strangers in the Land of Strangers: Defining “American” in Times of Conflict explores how times of national crisis, from the American Revolution through the 20th-century Civil Rights Movement, have forced Americans to define our national identity, an identity that has been both welcoming and exclusionary. The exhibit opened April 18 at 1300 Locust Street, and will continue through October 2002. Admission hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday 1-8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission to the exhibit only is $1.
Conference: An Embarrassment of Riches: Evaluating the Quality of Historical Information on the Web
Co-sponsored with the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
Supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission
Saturday, May 4, 2002
10 a.m.-3 p.m., 1300 Locust Street
Admission is free, but to reserve a place, call 215-732-6200 ext. 412.
The Internet, as a free environment for information, has become indispensable to modern life, though the information provided varies widely in quality and accuracy. This rich and problematic trove of information has created particular concerns for genealogical researchers and history teachers which this conference is designed to address.
Workshops with: Don Stone, co-owner, GEN-MEDIEVAL list and Michael Ryan, Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Images, University of Pennsylvania
Lunchtime presentation featuring:
Marsha Tate, Widener College, co-creator of the website, “Evaluating Web Resources”
Afternoon panel discussion with all speakers, plus
Jeffrey Cohen, Bryn Mawr College, creator of the website “Places In Time”
Presentation and Book signing with Dr. Daniel Rolph, Head of Reference Services at HSP, and author of My Brother’s Keeper: Union and Confederate Soldiers’ Acts of Mercy During the Civil War
Wednesday, June 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 1300 Locust Street
Admission is free, but to reserve a place, call 215-732-6200 ext. 412
Dr. Rolph’s book explores the willingness of Yankees and Rebels in battle and as civilians saved and aided one another in a “brotherhood of enemies” that that contradicted all the rules of normal warfare.
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, including The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, documents, preserves, and shares the histories and cultures of the diverse communities in the Greater Philadelphia region, across Pennsylvania, and throughout the nation. The Society brings together people and documents to explore and interpret history, enriching the lives of the individuals and communities drawn to the stories of the United States and its people. The merger of the Balch Institute into the Society was approved by Orphans’ Court in December 2001 and is now being implemented.
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 732-6200
Fax: (215) 732-2680 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the website at http://www.hsp.org
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