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The Battery’s Down: Monuments and Memorials of Lower Manhattan

| April 20, 2015

Though I traveled to Ellis Island from New Jersey, it is also possible to take a ferry there from Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan, an area of the island home to a number of fascinating monuments and

Ruth, Ellis, Sandy, and Me: Personal History Meets Public Memory

| March 30, 2015

This post is personal. It is about my grandmother, a school trip I took when I was twelve, and a statewide tragedy. It is also about who we are as people, products of our genetics and our environment. Ruth Bruss

Goin’ North

| March 24, 2015

In addition to the commemorations of the Centennial of the Great War that have been occurring throughout the city this past year, another related anniversary is almost upon Philadelphia. In 1916, in large part because of the war-related defense boom

Exhibits of Freedom: Black History in Philadelphia Museums All Year Round

| February 24, 2015

During my year as a graduate fellow at the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater-Kent, the most frequently requested lesson by visiting elementary and middle school groups was invariably the Quest for Freedom program. This ninety minute experience begins with

If You Care About Women, You Should Edit Wikipedia Differently

| February 4, 2015

Although controversies over gender and Wikipedia have been in the news recently, a current study, It’s a Man’s Wikipedia? Assessing Gender Inequality in an Online Encyclopedia, using computational linguistics takes on gender bias in the encyclopedia as a whole. A team of

A Winter Tour of Winterthur

| January 26, 2015

Tucked away in the northwest corner of Delaware, at a DuPont family estate that opened as a museum in 1952, is the single largest collection of American antiques anywhere, at least according to our guide at the Winterthur Museum, Garden,

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THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GREATER PHILADELPHIA

Based at MARCH, with numerous community partners, The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia is a civic project to increase understanding of one of America’s greatest cities. From abolition and the American Revolution to yellow fever and zoos (with cheesesteaks, rowhouses, and hundreds of other topics in between), the digital Encyclopedia and print volume will offer the most comprehensive, authoritative reference source ever created for the Philadelphia region.

CONFERENCE CALENDAR

Apr
24
Fri
all-day Colored Conventions in the Ninet...
Colored Conventions in the Ninet...
Apr 24 – Apr 26 all-day
From coloredconventions.org: The Colored Conventions Project (coloredconventions.org) will host a two and half day symposium on April 24-26, 2015. Beginning in 1830 and continuing past the Civil War, once captive and free African Americans came together in national and state
Apr
28
Tue
6:30 pm Grant Writing Clinic with Humani... @ Humanities Council of DC
Grant Writing Clinic with Humani... @ Humanities Council of DC
Apr 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Go beyond the basics of proposal writing, and strengthen your grant proposal at the Humanities Council’s Grant Writing Clinic on April 29th. Open to grant-writers at all experience levels, this Grant Writing Clinic will give individualized feedback to each participant
May
21
Thu
2:00 pm Women’s History in the Digital W... @ Bryn Mawr College
Women’s History in the Digital W... @ Bryn Mawr College
May 21 @ 2:00 pm – May 22 @ 4:30 pm
Women’s History in the Digital World 2015, the second conference of The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education, will be held on the campus of Bryn Mawr College on May 21-22. Featuring more than 80 presenters, and projects
Jun
3
Wed
all-day New Jersey History and Historica...
New Jersey History and Historica...
Jun 3 – Jun 4 all-day
From New Jersey Historic Trust: The date for the 2015 New Jersey History and Historic Preservation Conference.  The event will be held June 3-4, 2015 in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. The June 3 opening reception features guest speaker Robert Wittman,
Sep
30
Wed
2:53 pm Imagining America: Artists and S... @ The Lord Biltmore Hotel
Imagining America: Artists and S... @ The Lord Biltmore Hotel
Sep 30 @ 2:53 pm – Oct 3 @ 3:53 pm
The members of Imagining America advance a vision of the world in which publicly engaged artists, designers, scholars, and culture workers play critical roles in enacting the promise and ideals of a democratic society. Together, they explore the power of shared

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