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October is Archives Month

Since 2006, archivists from institutions around the country have created programs that serve to remind people that archives are saving the important documents of our shared history.

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Summer Fruits of the Humanities

Recent observances around the on-going 150th anniversary of the Civil War have highlighted the great popular interest in how war affected the lives of everyday people. New Jersey now has a window into everyday lives during the American Revolution, thanks to the good work of the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area.

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Home Before The Leaves Fall

“Home Before the Leaves Fall: The Great War 1914-1918,” a collaborative commemoration of World War I by heritage and educational institutions through the City of Philadelphia, kicked off at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on June 26. Peter John Williams, author of a pictorial history, Philadelphia The War Years delivered a talk that highlighted Philadelphia’s importance as the third largest city in the United States at the start of World War I and as a manufacturing powerhouse known as the “workshop of the world.” Nearly 60, 000 Philadelphia men and 2,000 Philadelphia women served in World War I and thousands more worked in factories and shipyards supporting the war effort. A large naval yard, munitions manufacturing, and an aviation training facility transformed Philadelphia during the years of the Great War into fully mobilized war time economy more commonly associated with the World War II home front.

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Call for Archive Month volunteers and events

From Archives Month Philly: Call for Archives Month volunteers: Are you looking for a way to get involved in the Greater Philadelphia archives community? Do you have a great idea for an Archives Month event? If your answer is yes,

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Common-place explores latest American Revolution scholarship

From H-Net: The American Antiquarian Society’s has published its spring issue of Common-place.  The issue is a collection of remarks and video footage from the 2013 conference, The American Revolution Reborn, that took place in Philadelphia.  Conference papers will be published later in

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4th Annual Public History Community Forum

On Saturday, April 26, 2013, nearly 50 graduate students and professionals in the public humanities participated in the fourth annual Public History Community Forum—PubComm14.  The event was held at the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent.  Participants were given the

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Could the public humanities become more valuable?

Building community has turned up as a priority in a wide variety of settings around the region lately, often with the humanities in the driver’s seat. Perhaps in the season when underground bulbs send up the flowers that remind us to appreciate the beauty in nature, it is reasonable to treat the humanities a bit like those flowers. Perhaps this is a chance to take a moment to give a sniff, let our spirits be lifted, and renew our hopes for our work in a troubled world.

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National Archive facility in Philadelphia will close in 2014

From the National Archives: The Archivist of the Unite States has announced the permanent closure of three National Archives facilities.  Philadelphia is currently home to two locations, a records center at Townsend Road, and a smaller “storefront” facility at 900

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Sustainable Organizations? — The Fundamentals Haven’t Changed Much

While researching women’s leadership in Philadelphia for History Making Productions, I found the wonderful essay below, called “A Recipe for an Ideal Club.”  Courtesy of the New Century Guild, founded in 1882 by Eliza Sproat Turner (1826–1903)  to address the specific needs

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Travel Through Time with HSP

From the Historical Society of Pennsylvania: For a weekend in April, the library at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania will be transformed through the imagination of performance artist Sebastienne Mundheim. Mundheim and her team travel through time, using puppetry, dance,

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CONFERENCE CALENDAR

Oct
22
Wed
3:15 pm Mid-Atlantic Association of Muse...
Mid-Atlantic Association of Muse...
Oct 22 @ 3:15 pm – Oct 24 @ 4:15 pm
From the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums: Join MAAM in Washington DC this October as we explore Museums in Transition and Transitions in Museums. The museum world is constantly undergoing change and transformation, whether in response to economics, cultural trends or
Oct
23
Thu
all-day Creating, Displaying, and Revisi... @ West Chester University
Creating, Displaying, and Revisi... @ West Chester University
Oct 23 all-day
West Chester University (West Chester, Pennsylvania) will hold its 2nd Annual One-Day History Conference on Thursday, October 23, 2014: Creating, Displaying, and Revising American Identity.  The inspiration for this year’s theme is the 200th anniversary of the national anthem and the
Oct
24
Fri
1:45 pm The World’s Fair Since ’64 @ Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation of the Smithsonian Institution
The World’s Fair Since ’64 @ Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation of the Smithsonian Institution
Oct 24 @ 1:45 pm – Oct 25 @ 2:45 pm
From H-Urban: This workshop proposes to examine world’s fairs since (and including) 1964, a period marked by tremendous variability in the location and impact of the genre.  Participants may cover any of the fairs from 1964 to the present, as
Oct
27
Mon
8:30 am Meant to Last? Preserving the Mo...
Meant to Last? Preserving the Mo...
Oct 27 @ 8:30 am – Oct 28 @ 5:00 pm
From the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts: The twentieth and twenty-first centuries brought into the world a bewildering array of new materials, used to design a broad range of objects now collected in museums, libraries, and archives.   Many
Oct
30
Thu
4:30 pm Conference: Green Capitalism? Ex... @ Hagley Library and Museum
Conference: Green Capitalism? Ex... @ Hagley Library and Museum
Oct 30 @ 4:30 pm – Oct 31 @ 5:30 pm
More information to follow.  View the 2013 conference schedule at http://www.hagley.org/hagley-conferences.

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