Articles in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania Category
“We Is Got Him.” That’s what the first of 23 ransom letters said in which $20,000 was demanded in return for the kidnapped Charley Ross…. Read the full story >>
Librarian and archivist Alex Bartlett combines his hobbies with his career. Working for both the Germantown and Chestnut Hill historical societies, Bartlett manages the libraries’ … Read the full story >>
The fact that a German immigrant founded Germantown may seem common knowledge, but the various layers of Francis Daniel Pastorius’ legacy are often overlooked.
While … Read the full story >>
What would you do if you weren’t able to find where your daughter had been buried the other day because the rain had erased … Read the full story >>
Millionaire’s Row. It’s not exactly something you’d associate with a cemetery. But then again, neither are Atlantic City and Tacony. At least, you wouldn’t … Read the full story >>
Germantown’s annual festival celebrating history and culture has historical roots that go deep.
“Fest for the Quest” was an annual collaboration among Historic Germantown and … Read the full story >>
In colonial and early America, it would have been hard to find a place where people of all races, religions and social statuses were treated … Read the full story >>
A recent presentation at Stenton highlighted the historical gardens that Germantown had in the past and the gardens it still has today.
In “A Short … Read the full story >>
Do you want to stand two feet away from a piece of cloth that Mary, the mother of Jesus, supposedly touched?
If you answered in … Read the full story >>
“Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.”
These words of German composer and pianist Johannes Brahms are exemplified by the work … Read the full story >>