Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

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Philadelphia has an extraordinarily rich and important musical history. From the late eighteenth century, when it was the political and cultural capital of the American colonies, to the present, the city has nurtured numerous ground breaking musical styles and artists and been at the forefront of some of the world’s most significant musical developments. Music historian Jack McCarthy explores some of the highlights of Philadelphia music over the course of more than 330 years. Featured will be the stories of America’s first song composer, first African American to have his music published, the nation’s first “mega-concert,” great organizations such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia International Records, and Cameo-Parkway Records, as well as many of the city’s groundbreaking artists in classical music, jazz, gospel, rock n’ roll, rhythm & blues/soul.

For further information about cost of admission and registration, visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Memories & Melodies web page.

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Applications are now being accepted for this new teacher workshop funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Cultures of Independence: Perspectives on Independence Hall and the Meaning of Freedom will raise awareness of how Independence Hall has been involved in the ongoing process of creating a nation and civic life, not just in the magical moment of July 1776.  During each day of  a week-long workshop, 36 teachers will be immersed in a process of discovering and developing strategies for teaching the ongoing history of the American independence. Dr. Charlene Mires, author of Independence Hall in American Memory and Editor-in-Chief of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia will be the scholar-in-residence.

The workshop will be offered twice:  June 21-26 and July 26-July 31. Applications are now being accepted through March 2, 2015. 
For additional information about the program and procedures for application, visit the workshop website hosted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

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Applications are now being accepted for this new teacher workshop funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Cultures of Independence: Perspectives on Independence Hall and the Meaning of Freedom will raise awareness of how Independence Hall has been involved in the ongoing process of creating a nation and civic life, not just in the magical moment of July 1776.  During each day of  a week-long workshop, 36 teachers will be immersed in a process of discovering and developing strategies for teaching the ongoing history of the American independence. Dr. Charlene Mires, author of Independence Hall in American Memory and Editor-in-Chief of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia will be the scholar-in-residence.

The workshop will be offered twice:  June 21-26 and July 26-July 31. Applications are now being accepted through March 2, 2015. 
For additional information about the program and procedures for application, visit the workshop website hosted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

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Created Equal? Freedom Riders: Roadblocks and Redemption on "Freedom's Main Line"
Thursday, March 26, 2015, 6-7:30 p.m.
National Constitution Center,
525 Arch Street, Philadelphia
Admission Free

In 1961, U.S. Supreme Court decisions that overturned racial segregation in interstate travel were largely ignored in the South. To challenge this status quo, more than 400 black and white Americans, called Freedom Riders, performed a simple act: they traveled into the segregated South in small interracial groups and sat where they pleased on interstate buses.

The National Constitution Center invites you to a screening of Freedom Riders, exploring the terrifying, moving, and suspenseful story of these volunteers as they risked being jailed, beaten, or killed, as white local and state authorities ignored or encouraged violent attacks. The film includes previously unseen amateur 8mm footage of the burning bus on which some Freedom Riders were temporarily trapped, taken by a local twelve-year-old and held as evidence since 1961 by the FBI.

Jeffrey Rosen, NCC’s President & CEO and a constitutional law scholar, will discuss the heroic acts of the Freedom Riders and the conflicts with the Kennedy administration. Guest speakers will join in the lively conversation about the 1961 Freedom Rides, and attendees will take a tour through the new Kennedy Exhibition. 


About Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the passage of 13th Amendment,, HSP has partnered with the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the National Constitution Center, the Philadelphia History Museum, and the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia to host screenings of four documentaries featuring riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America.

The documentaries are part of Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, a powerful film set produced with NEH support. Each film tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation.  These programs offer a series of lectures, discussion forums, and scholarly presentations in addition to the screenings.

The documentaries, The AbolitionistsSlavery by Another NameThe Loving Story, and Freedom Riders, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012, and The Loving Story and The Abolitionists have been nominated for Emmys in 2013. 


Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015, 6-7:30 p.m.
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia
Admission Free

In this program of the Created Equal? series, we will view clips from The Loving Story and consider legal battles over the question of who can get married and who gets to decide.

The documentary explores the experiences of Mildred and Richard Loving. While they knew it was technically illegal for them to live as a married couple in Virginia - because she was of African American and Native American descent and he was white -  they never expected to be woken up in their bedroom and arrested one night in 1958. The documentary brings to life the Lovings’ marriage and the legal battle that followed through little-known filmed interviews and photographs shot for Life magazine.

Regina Austin, William A. Schnader Professor of Law and Director, Penn Program on Documentaries & the Law, will  provide context and discuss the precedent set by this case for the recent state and federal court battles over gay marriage.  Dr. Charlene Mires, Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University-Camden,  director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities, and  editor of the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia will then facilitate discussion.


About Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the passage of 13th Amendment,, HSP has partnered with the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the National Constitution Center, the Philadelphia History Museum, and the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia to host screenings of four documentaries featuring riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America.

The documentaries are part of Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, a powerful film set produced with NEH support. Each film tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation.  These programs offer a series of lectures, discussion forums, and scholarly presentations in addition to the screenings.

The documentaries, The AbolitionistsSlavery by Another NameThe Loving Story, and Freedom Riders, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012, and The Loving Story and The Abolitionists have been nominated for Emmys in 2013. 


Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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Created Equal? Slavery By Another Name: Past and Present Ideas of “Dangerous Blackness”

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 6- 7:30pm
African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch Street, Philadelphia
Admission Free.

By 1865, despite the promise of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Thirteenth Amendment, and the Confederate defeat in the Civil War, many former slaves did not in reality experience “a new birth of freedom.” It was a shocking reality often unacknowledged, then and now: a huge system of forced, unpaid labor, mostly affecting Southern black men, that lasted until the second world war.

The African American Museum in Philadelphia invites you to a screening of Slavery By Another Name. Based on the Pulitzer Prize–winning book by Douglas Blackmon, Slavery by Another Name tells the stories of men, charged with crimes like vagrancy, and often guilty of nothing, who were bought and sold, abused, and subjected to sometimes deadly working conditions as unpaid convict labor. Interviews with the descendants of victims and perpetrators resonate with a modern audience. Christina Comer, who discovered how her family profited from the system, says that “the story is important no matter how painful the reality is.”

Working with Emahunn Campbell, PhD Student in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at University of Massachusetts Amherst, the African American Museum in Philadelphia  will also explore conceptions of African American criminality in the late 19th Century and the present day, using Slavery By Another Name as a guiding source. Dr. Charlene Mires, Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University-Camden,  director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities, and  editor of the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, will faciliate discussion.

Slavery by Another Name: Jon Van Amber and Omni Studio

About Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, HSP has partnered with the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the National Constitution Center, the Philadelphia History Museum, and the Encyclopdia of Greater Philadelphia to host screenings of four documentaries featuring riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America.

The documentaries are part of Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, a powerful film set produced with NEH support. Each film tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation.  These programs offer a series of lectures, discussion forums, and scholarly presentations in addition to the screenings.

The documentaries, The AbolitionistsSlavery by Another NameThe Loving Story, and Freedom Riders, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012, and The Loving Story and The Abolitionists have been nominated for Emmys in 2013. 


Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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Created Equal? The Abolitionists: Radicals. Agitators. Troublemakers. Liberators.

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 6-7:30pm
Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent
15 S. Seventh Street, Philadelphia
Admission Free.
Pre-registration is requested.

Beginning in the 1830s, several religious, social, and political reform movements swept through the United States. Among the men and women leading these reforms were abolitionists who fought to end slavery, an institution they believed to be incompatible with the founding principles of the nation.

The Philadelphia History Museum invites you to a screening of The Abolitionists, a documentary film vividly bringing to life the struggles of these ordinary men and women - black and white, enslaved and free – that culminated in the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment. Through innovative use of reenactments, this three-episode series puts a face on the anti-slavery movement—or rather, five faces: William Lloyd Garrison, impassioned New England newspaper editor; Frederick Douglass, former slave, author, and activist; Angelina Grimké, daughter of a rich South Carolina slaveholder; Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the enormously influential Uncle Tom’s Cabin; and John Brown, ultimately executed for his armed seizure of the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry. The film’s release in 2013 also marked the 150th anniversary of the Proclamation.

Dr. Lawrence Little, Associate Professor of History at Villanova University, will discuss how the issues and themes raised in the film relate to current events. Objects from PHM’s collections will be on display during the program, including a “free labor” girl’s dress circa 1840s. 

About Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia has partnered with the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the National Constitution Center, the Philadelphia History Museum,  and the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia to host screenings of four documentaries featuring riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America.

The documentaries are part of Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, a powerful film set produced with NEH support. Each film tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation.  These programs offer a series of lectures, discussion forums, and scholarly presentations in addition to the screenings.

The documentaries, The AbolitionistsSlavery by Another NameThe Loving Story, and Freedom Riders, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012, and The Loving Story and The Abolitionists have been nominated for Emmys in 2013. 


Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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Wednesday, October 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia History Museum

Join us at the Philadelphia History Museum for conversation with Jean R. Soderlund, author of the new book Lenape Country: Delaware Valley Society Before William Penn, and a film screening by History Making Productions.

About the book:
Lenape Country is a sweeping narrative history of the multi­ethnic society of the Delaware Valley in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. After Swanendael, the Natives, Swedes, and Finns avoided war by focusing on trade and forging strategic alliances in such events as the Dutch conquest, the Mercurius affair, the Long Swede conspiracy, and English attempts to seize land. Drawing on a wide range of sources, author Jean R. Soderlund demonstrates that the hallmarks of Delaware Valley society—commitment to personal freedom, religious liberty, peaceful resolution of conflict, and opposition to hierarchical government—began in the Delaware Valley not with Quaker ideals or the leadership of William Penn but with the Lenape Indians, whose culture played a key role in shaping Delaware Valley society.

Jean R. Soderlund is Professor of History at Lehigh University and editor of William Penn and the Founding of Pennsylvania: A Documentary History. She is an associate editor of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.

About the film:
A Lost World, the sixth episode of the documentary series Philadelphia: The Great Experiment by History Making Productions tells the story of Philadelphia between 1600-1680.

The program is FREE to Museum Members. $10 General Public. Pre-registration is requested. Books will be available for purchase.

Register today!

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Tuesday, November 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Historical Society of Pennsylvania

During the mid 19th century, large numbers of Irish citizens made the perilous journey to America with the the hopes of escaping poverty, famine, and oppression. As thousands of immigrants made Philadelphia their home, they were met with religious and ethnic prejudices.  Moderated by Charlene Mires, professor of History at Rutgers-Camden and editor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, a panel of experts will examine the challenges and issues faced by the Irish as they struggled to integrate into American society.  A reception and performance of traditional Irish music will follow. For complete information, link to the event website at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Speaker Bios:

Dr. William Watson is a professor of History at Immaculata University and Director of the Duffy's Cut Project. He's the author of  numerous articles and worked on several  books including: The Irish-Americans: The History and Culture of a People (forthcoming, ABC-Clio, November, 2014), The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut (Praeger, 2006), Tricolor and Crescent: France and the Islamic World, and The Collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union (Greenwood, 1998).

Zachary Schragg is a professor of history at George Mason University and the author of two books, The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro and Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965-2009, both published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. He is currently working on a narrative history of the Philadelphia riots of 1844 and contributed the essay on this topic for The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.

Michael Johnson graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2012 with a degree in History, United States concentration. While at Notre Dame he was a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the history national honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, a national academic honor society, and also served as a Gilder Lehrman History Scholar. His honors thesis “‘Be Patriots Because You Have a Country’: The Fenian Brotherhood and Irish-American Identity in Civil War-Era Philadelphia” received the University’s O’Hagan Award for best essay on Irish history. He is presently pursuing a Master’s Degree in History, United States concentration at Villanova University. His interests include nineteenth century United States History and the Civil War era, particularly questions of race, ethnicity, and identity. He is currently working with Dr. Judith Giesberg and two fellow students on a study of the Institute for Colored Youth, an elite school for African American children in nineteenth century Philadelphia.

James Kopaczewski graduated from St. Joseph’s University in 2013 with a B.A. in History and International Relations. While at St. Joseph’s, Jim was a member of Phi Alpha Theta and served as a Summer Scholar where he researched Irish immigration to the United States in the early 19th century. Following graduation, he switched sides in the Holy War and made the short move up Lancaster Avenue to Villanova. At Villanova, he is a second year M.A. student whose concentration is in United States History with an emphasis on the Civil War Era. He is also interested in the Union home front in the Civil War, masculinity in the 19th century, and Irish-American studies.

Charlene Mires is the Director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities and Professor of History at Rutgers-Camden, where she teaches courses in public, urban, and U.S. history. She is the author of Independence Hall in American Memory (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002), which received the Philadelphia Athenaeum Literary Award; Capital of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations (NYU Press, 2013); as well as articles in The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Pennsylvania History, The Public Historian, and other journals. As a journalist, she was a co-winner of the Pulitzer Prize for general local reporting awarded to the staff of the Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel in 1983 for coverage of the floods that ravaged that city in 1982.

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Thursday, October 30, 7-9 p.m.
National Mechanics Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant

Think you know Philadelphia history? Test your knowledge of the City of Brotherly Love in this special pub quiz organized by the Delaware Valley Archivists Group as the capstone event of Archives Month Philly. Questions plumbed from the annals of our city’s past by your friendly local archivists will challenge you to recall the people, places, and events that make Philadelphia unique. For more information, link to the website of Archives Month Philly.

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Philadelphia has an extraordinarily rich and important musical history. From the late eighteenth century, when it was the political and cultural capital of the American colonies, to the present, the city has nurtured numerous ground breaking musical styles and artists and been at the forefront of some of the world’s most significant musical developments. Music historian Jack McCarthy explores some of the highlights of Philadelphia music over the course of more than 330 years. Featured will be the stories of America’s first song composer, first African American to have his music published, the nation’s first “mega-concert,” great organizations such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia International Records, and Cameo-Parkway Records, as well as many of the city’s groundbreaking artists in classical music, jazz, gospel, rock n’ roll, rhythm & blues/soul.

For further information about cost of admission and registration, visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Memories & Melodies web page.

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Wednesday, October 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia History Museum

Join us at the Philadelphia History Museum for conversation with Jean R. Soderlund, author of the new book Lenape Country: Delaware Valley Society Before William Penn, and a film screening by History Making Productions.

About the book:
Lenape Country is a sweeping narrative history of the multi­ethnic society of the Delaware Valley in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. After Swanendael, the Natives, Swedes, and Finns avoided war by focusing on trade and forging strategic alliances in such events as the Dutch conquest, the Mercurius affair, the Long Swede conspiracy, and English attempts to seize land. Drawing on a wide range of sources, author Jean R. Soderlund demonstrates that the hallmarks of Delaware Valley society—commitment to personal freedom, religious liberty, peaceful resolution of conflict, and opposition to hierarchical government—began in the Delaware Valley not with Quaker ideals or the leadership of William Penn but with the Lenape Indians, whose culture played a key role in shaping Delaware Valley society.

Jean R. Soderlund is Professor of History at Lehigh University and editor of William Penn and the Founding of Pennsylvania: A Documentary History. She is an associate editor of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.

About the film:
A Lost World, the sixth episode of the documentary series Philadelphia: The Great Experiment by History Making Productions tells the story of Philadelphia between 1600-1680.

The program is FREE to Museum Members. $10 General Public. Pre-registration is requested. Books will be available for purchase.

Register today!

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Thursday, October 30, 7-9 p.m.
National Mechanics Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant

Think you know Philadelphia history? Test your knowledge of the City of Brotherly Love in this special pub quiz organized by the Delaware Valley Archivists Group as the capstone event of Archives Month Philly. Questions plumbed from the annals of our city’s past by your friendly local archivists will challenge you to recall the people, places, and events that make Philadelphia unique. For more information, link to the website of Archives Month Philly.

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Tuesday, November 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Historical Society of Pennsylvania

During the mid 19th century, large numbers of Irish citizens made the perilous journey to America with the the hopes of escaping poverty, famine, and oppression. As thousands of immigrants made Philadelphia their home, they were met with religious and ethnic prejudices.  Moderated by Charlene Mires, professor of History at Rutgers-Camden and editor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, a panel of experts will examine the challenges and issues faced by the Irish as they struggled to integrate into American society.  A reception and performance of traditional Irish music will follow. For complete information, link to the event website at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Speaker Bios:

Dr. William Watson is a professor of History at Immaculata University and Director of the Duffy's Cut Project. He's the author of  numerous articles and worked on several  books including: The Irish-Americans: The History and Culture of a People (forthcoming, ABC-Clio, November, 2014), The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut (Praeger, 2006), Tricolor and Crescent: France and the Islamic World, and The Collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union (Greenwood, 1998).

Zachary Schragg is a professor of history at George Mason University and the author of two books, The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro and Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965-2009, both published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. He is currently working on a narrative history of the Philadelphia riots of 1844 and contributed the essay on this topic for The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.

Michael Johnson graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2012 with a degree in History, United States concentration. While at Notre Dame he was a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the history national honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, a national academic honor society, and also served as a Gilder Lehrman History Scholar. His honors thesis “‘Be Patriots Because You Have a Country’: The Fenian Brotherhood and Irish-American Identity in Civil War-Era Philadelphia” received the University’s O’Hagan Award for best essay on Irish history. He is presently pursuing a Master’s Degree in History, United States concentration at Villanova University. His interests include nineteenth century United States History and the Civil War era, particularly questions of race, ethnicity, and identity. He is currently working with Dr. Judith Giesberg and two fellow students on a study of the Institute for Colored Youth, an elite school for African American children in nineteenth century Philadelphia.

James Kopaczewski graduated from St. Joseph’s University in 2013 with a B.A. in History and International Relations. While at St. Joseph’s, Jim was a member of Phi Alpha Theta and served as a Summer Scholar where he researched Irish immigration to the United States in the early 19th century. Following graduation, he switched sides in the Holy War and made the short move up Lancaster Avenue to Villanova. At Villanova, he is a second year M.A. student whose concentration is in United States History with an emphasis on the Civil War Era. He is also interested in the Union home front in the Civil War, masculinity in the 19th century, and Irish-American studies.

Charlene Mires is the Director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities and Professor of History at Rutgers-Camden, where she teaches courses in public, urban, and U.S. history. She is the author of Independence Hall in American Memory (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002), which received the Philadelphia Athenaeum Literary Award; Capital of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations (NYU Press, 2013); as well as articles in The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Pennsylvania History, The Public Historian, and other journals. As a journalist, she was a co-winner of the Pulitzer Prize for general local reporting awarded to the staff of the Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel in 1983 for coverage of the floods that ravaged that city in 1982.

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Created Equal? The Abolitionists: Radicals. Agitators. Troublemakers. Liberators.

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 6-7:30pm
Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent
15 S. Seventh Street, Philadelphia
Admission Free.
Pre-registration is requested.

Beginning in the 1830s, several religious, social, and political reform movements swept through the United States. Among the men and women leading these reforms were abolitionists who fought to end slavery, an institution they believed to be incompatible with the founding principles of the nation.

The Philadelphia History Museum invites you to a screening of The Abolitionists, a documentary film vividly bringing to life the struggles of these ordinary men and women - black and white, enslaved and free – that culminated in the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment. Through innovative use of reenactments, this three-episode series puts a face on the anti-slavery movement—or rather, five faces: William Lloyd Garrison, impassioned New England newspaper editor; Frederick Douglass, former slave, author, and activist; Angelina Grimké, daughter of a rich South Carolina slaveholder; Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the enormously influential Uncle Tom’s Cabin; and John Brown, ultimately executed for his armed seizure of the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry. The film’s release in 2013 also marked the 150th anniversary of the Proclamation.

Dr. Lawrence Little, Associate Professor of History at Villanova University, will discuss how the issues and themes raised in the film relate to current events. Objects from PHM’s collections will be on display during the program, including a “free labor” girl’s dress circa 1840s. 

About Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia has partnered with the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the National Constitution Center, the Philadelphia History Museum,  and the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia to host screenings of four documentaries featuring riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America.

The documentaries are part of Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, a powerful film set produced with NEH support. Each film tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation.  These programs offer a series of lectures, discussion forums, and scholarly presentations in addition to the screenings.

The documentaries, The AbolitionistsSlavery by Another NameThe Loving Story, and Freedom Riders, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012, and The Loving Story and The Abolitionists have been nominated for Emmys in 2013. 


Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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Created Equal? Slavery By Another Name: Past and Present Ideas of “Dangerous Blackness”

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 6- 7:30pm
African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch Street, Philadelphia
Admission Free.

By 1865, despite the promise of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Thirteenth Amendment, and the Confederate defeat in the Civil War, many former slaves did not in reality experience “a new birth of freedom.” It was a shocking reality often unacknowledged, then and now: a huge system of forced, unpaid labor, mostly affecting Southern black men, that lasted until the second world war.

The African American Museum in Philadelphia invites you to a screening of Slavery By Another Name. Based on the Pulitzer Prize–winning book by Douglas Blackmon, Slavery by Another Name tells the stories of men, charged with crimes like vagrancy, and often guilty of nothing, who were bought and sold, abused, and subjected to sometimes deadly working conditions as unpaid convict labor. Interviews with the descendants of victims and perpetrators resonate with a modern audience. Christina Comer, who discovered how her family profited from the system, says that “the story is important no matter how painful the reality is.”

Working with Emahunn Campbell, PhD Student in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at University of Massachusetts Amherst, the African American Museum in Philadelphia  will also explore conceptions of African American criminality in the late 19th Century and the present day, using Slavery By Another Name as a guiding source. Dr. Charlene Mires, Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University-Camden,  director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities, and  editor of the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, will faciliate discussion.

Slavery by Another Name: Jon Van Amber and Omni Studio

About Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, HSP has partnered with the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the National Constitution Center, the Philadelphia History Museum, and the Encyclopdia of Greater Philadelphia to host screenings of four documentaries featuring riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America.

The documentaries are part of Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, a powerful film set produced with NEH support. Each film tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation.  These programs offer a series of lectures, discussion forums, and scholarly presentations in addition to the screenings.

The documentaries, The AbolitionistsSlavery by Another NameThe Loving Story, and Freedom Riders, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012, and The Loving Story and The Abolitionists have been nominated for Emmys in 2013. 


Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015, 6-7:30 p.m.
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia
Admission Free

In this program of the Created Equal? series, we will view clips from The Loving Story and consider legal battles over the question of who can get married and who gets to decide.

The documentary explores the experiences of Mildred and Richard Loving. While they knew it was technically illegal for them to live as a married couple in Virginia - because she was of African American and Native American descent and he was white -  they never expected to be woken up in their bedroom and arrested one night in 1958. The documentary brings to life the Lovings’ marriage and the legal battle that followed through little-known filmed interviews and photographs shot for Life magazine.

Regina Austin, William A. Schnader Professor of Law and Director, Penn Program on Documentaries & the Law, will  provide context and discuss the precedent set by this case for the recent state and federal court battles over gay marriage.  Dr. Charlene Mires, Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University-Camden,  director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities, and  editor of the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia will then facilitate discussion.


About Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the passage of 13th Amendment,, HSP has partnered with the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the National Constitution Center, the Philadelphia History Museum, and the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia to host screenings of four documentaries featuring riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America.

The documentaries are part of Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, a powerful film set produced with NEH support. Each film tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation.  These programs offer a series of lectures, discussion forums, and scholarly presentations in addition to the screenings.

The documentaries, The AbolitionistsSlavery by Another NameThe Loving Story, and Freedom Riders, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012, and The Loving Story and The Abolitionists have been nominated for Emmys in 2013. 


Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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Created Equal? Freedom Riders: Roadblocks and Redemption on "Freedom's Main Line"
Thursday, March 26, 2015, 6-7:30 p.m.
National Constitution Center,
525 Arch Street, Philadelphia
Admission Free

In 1961, U.S. Supreme Court decisions that overturned racial segregation in interstate travel were largely ignored in the South. To challenge this status quo, more than 400 black and white Americans, called Freedom Riders, performed a simple act: they traveled into the segregated South in small interracial groups and sat where they pleased on interstate buses.

The National Constitution Center invites you to a screening of Freedom Riders, exploring the terrifying, moving, and suspenseful story of these volunteers as they risked being jailed, beaten, or killed, as white local and state authorities ignored or encouraged violent attacks. The film includes previously unseen amateur 8mm footage of the burning bus on which some Freedom Riders were temporarily trapped, taken by a local twelve-year-old and held as evidence since 1961 by the FBI.

Jeffrey Rosen, NCC’s President & CEO and a constitutional law scholar, will discuss the heroic acts of the Freedom Riders and the conflicts with the Kennedy administration. Guest speakers will join in the lively conversation about the 1961 Freedom Rides, and attendees will take a tour through the new Kennedy Exhibition. 


About Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the passage of 13th Amendment,, HSP has partnered with the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the National Constitution Center, the Philadelphia History Museum, and the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia to host screenings of four documentaries featuring riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America.

The documentaries are part of Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, a powerful film set produced with NEH support. Each film tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation.  These programs offer a series of lectures, discussion forums, and scholarly presentations in addition to the screenings.

The documentaries, The AbolitionistsSlavery by Another NameThe Loving Story, and Freedom Riders, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012, and The Loving Story and The Abolitionists have been nominated for Emmys in 2013. 


Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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Applications are now being accepted for this new teacher workshop funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Cultures of Independence: Perspectives on Independence Hall and the Meaning of Freedom will raise awareness of how Independence Hall has been involved in the ongoing process of creating a nation and civic life, not just in the magical moment of July 1776.  During each day of  a week-long workshop, 36 teachers will be immersed in a process of discovering and developing strategies for teaching the ongoing history of the American independence. Dr. Charlene Mires, author of Independence Hall in American Memory and Editor-in-Chief of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia will be the scholar-in-residence.

The workshop will be offered twice:  June 21-26 and July 26-July 31. Applications are now being accepted through March 2, 2015. 
For additional information about the program and procedures for application, visit the workshop website hosted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

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Applications are now being accepted for this new teacher workshop funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Cultures of Independence: Perspectives on Independence Hall and the Meaning of Freedom will raise awareness of how Independence Hall has been involved in the ongoing process of creating a nation and civic life, not just in the magical moment of July 1776.  During each day of  a week-long workshop, 36 teachers will be immersed in a process of discovering and developing strategies for teaching the ongoing history of the American independence. Dr. Charlene Mires, author of Independence Hall in American Memory and Editor-in-Chief of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia will be the scholar-in-residence.

The workshop will be offered twice:  June 21-26 and July 26-July 31. Applications are now being accepted through March 2, 2015. 
For additional information about the program and procedures for application, visit the workshop website hosted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

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Philadelphia has an extraordinarily rich and important musical history. From the late eighteenth century, when it was the political and cultural capital of the American colonies, to the present, the city has nurtured numerous ground breaking musical styles and artists and been at the forefront of some of the world’s most significant musical developments. Music historian Jack McCarthy explores some of the highlights of Philadelphia music over the course of more than 330 years. Featured will be the stories of America’s first song composer, first African American to have his music published, the nation’s first “mega-concert,” great organizations such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia International Records, and Cameo-Parkway Records, as well as many of the city’s groundbreaking artists in classical music, jazz, gospel, rock n’ roll, rhythm & blues/soul.

For further information about cost of admission and registration, visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Memories & Melodies web page.

[time] => 6-7 p.m. [url] => http://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/events/co-sponsored-event-philadelphia-city-of-music/ [links] => ) )

Archived Events

  • February 17, 2016, 6-7 p.m.—Co-Sponsored Event: Philadelphia, City of Music

    Philadelphia has an extraordinarily rich and important musical history. From the late eighteenth century, when it was the political and cultural capital of the American colonies, to the present, the city has nurtured numerous ground breaking musical styles and artists and been at the forefront of some of the world’s most significant musical developments. Music historian Jack McCarthy explores some of the highlights of Philadelphia music over the course of more than 330 years. Featured will be the stories of America’s first song composer, first African American to have his music published, the nation’s first “mega-concert,” great organizations such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia International Records, and Cameo-Parkway Records, as well as many of the city’s groundbreaking artists in classical music, jazz, gospel, rock n’ roll, rhythm & blues/soul.

    For further information about cost of admission and registration, visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Memories & Melodies web page.


    Location: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia

  • July 26, 2015-July 31, 2015—NEH Teacher Institute: Cultures of Independence

    Applications are now being accepted for this new teacher workshop funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Cultures of Independence: Perspectives on Independence Hall and the Meaning of Freedom will raise awareness of how Independence Hall has been involved in the ongoing process of creating a nation and civic life, not just in the magical moment of July 1776.  During each day of  a week-long workshop, 36 teachers will be immersed in a process of discovering and developing strategies for teaching the ongoing history of the American independence. Dr. Charlene Mires, author of Independence Hall in American Memory and Editor-in-Chief of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia will be the scholar-in-residence.

    The workshop will be offered twice:  June 21-26 and July 26-July 31. Applications are now being accepted through March 2, 2015. 
    For additional information about the program and procedures for application, visit the workshop website hosted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.


    Location: Philadelphia

  • June 21, 2015-June 26, 2015—NEH Teacher Institute: Cultures of Independence

    Applications are now being accepted for this new teacher workshop funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Cultures of Independence: Perspectives on Independence Hall and the Meaning of Freedom will raise awareness of how Independence Hall has been involved in the ongoing process of creating a nation and civic life, not just in the magical moment of July 1776.  During each day of  a week-long workshop, 36 teachers will be immersed in a process of discovering and developing strategies for teaching the ongoing history of the American independence. Dr. Charlene Mires, author of Independence Hall in American Memory and Editor-in-Chief of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia will be the scholar-in-residence.

    The workshop will be offered twice:  June 21-26 and July 26-July 31. Applications are now being accepted through March 2, 2015. 
    For additional information about the program and procedures for application, visit the workshop website hosted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.


    Location: Philadelphia

  • March 26, 2015, 6-7:30 p.m.—Co-Sponsored Event: Created Equal? Freedom Riders

    Created Equal? Freedom Riders: Roadblocks and Redemption on “Freedom’s Main Line”
    Thursday, March 26, 2015, 67:30 p.m.
    National Constitution Center,
    525 Arch Street, Philadelphia
    Admission Free

    In 1961, U.S. Supreme Court decisions that overturned racial segregation in interstate travel were largely ignored in the South. To challenge this status quo, more than 400 black and white Americans, called Freedom Riders, performed a simple act: they traveled into the segregated South in small interracial groups and sat where they pleased on interstate buses.

    The National Constitution Center invites you to a screening of Freedom Riders, exploring the terrifying, moving, and suspenseful story of these volunteers as they risked being jailed, beaten, or killed, as white local and state authorities ignored or encouraged violent attacks. The film includes previously unseen amateur 8mm footage of the burning bus on which some Freedom Riders were temporarily trapped, taken by a local twelve-year-old and held as evidence since 1961 by the FBI.

    Jeffrey Rosen, NCC’s President & CEO and a constitutional law scholar, will discuss the heroic acts of the Freedom Riders and the conflicts with the Kennedy administration. Guest speakers will join in the lively conversation about the 1961 Freedom Rides, and attendees will take a tour through the new Kennedy Exhibition. 


    About Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle

    To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the passage of 13th Amendment,, HSP has partnered with the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the National Constitution Center, the Philadelphia History Museum, and the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia to host screenings of four documentaries featuring riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America.

    The documentaries are part of Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, a powerful film set produced with NEH support. Each film tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation.  These programs offer a series of lectures, discussion forums, and scholarly presentations in addition to the screenings.

    The documentaries, The AbolitionistsSlavery by Another NameThe Loving Story, and Freedom Riders, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012, and The Loving Story and The Abolitionists have been nominated for Emmys in 2013. 


    Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.


    Location: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia

  • March 12, 2015, 6-7:30 p.m.—Co-Sponsored Event: Created Equal? The Loving Story: Who Decides Who Marries Whom

    Thursday, March 12, 2015, 67:30 p.m.
    Historical Society of Pennsylvania
    1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia
    Admission Free

    In this program of the Created Equal? series, we will view clips from The Loving Story and consider legal battles over the question of who can get married and who gets to decide.

    The documentary explores the experiences of Mildred and Richard Loving. While they knew it was technically illegal for them to live as a married couple in Virginia – because she was of African American and Native American descent and he was white –  they never expected to be woken up in their bedroom and arrested one night in 1958. The documentary brings to life the Lovings’ marriage and the legal battle that followed through little-known filmed interviews and photographs shot for Life magazine.

    Regina Austin, William A. Schnader Professor of Law and Director, Penn Program on Documentaries & the Law, will  provide context and discuss the precedent set by this case for the recent state and federal court battles over gay marriage.  Dr. Charlene Mires, Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University-Camden,  director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities, and  editor of the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia will then facilitate discussion.


    About Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle

    To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the passage of 13th Amendment,, HSP has partnered with the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the National Constitution Center, the Philadelphia History Museum, and the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia to host screenings of four documentaries featuring riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America.

    The documentaries are part of Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, a powerful film set produced with NEH support. Each film tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation.  These programs offer a series of lectures, discussion forums, and scholarly presentations in addition to the screenings.

    The documentaries, The AbolitionistsSlavery by Another NameThe Loving Story, and Freedom Riders, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012, and The Loving Story and The Abolitionists have been nominated for Emmys in 2013. 


    Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.


    Location: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia

  • February 26, 2015, 6-7:30 p.m.—Co-Sponsored Event: Created Equal? Slavery by Another Name

    Created Equal? Slavery By Another Name: Past and Present Ideas of “Dangerous Blackness”

    Thursday, February 26, 2015, 67:30pm
    African American Museum in Philadelphia
    701 Arch Street, Philadelphia
    Admission Free.

    By 1865, despite the promise of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Thirteenth Amendment, and the Confederate defeat in the Civil War, many former slaves did not in reality experience “a new birth of freedom.” It was a shocking reality often unacknowledged, then and now: a huge system of forced, unpaid labor, mostly affecting Southern black men, that lasted until the second world war.

    The African American Museum in Philadelphia invites you to a screening of Slavery By Another Name. Based on the Pulitzer Prize–winning book by Douglas Blackmon, Slavery by Another Name tells the stories of men, charged with crimes like vagrancy, and often guilty of nothing, who were bought and sold, abused, and subjected to sometimes deadly working conditions as unpaid convict labor. Interviews with the descendants of victims and perpetrators resonate with a modern audience. Christina Comer, who discovered how her family profited from the system, says that “the story is important no matter how painful the reality is.”

    Working with Emahunn Campbell, PhD Student in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at University of Massachusetts Amherst, the African American Museum in Philadelphia  will also explore conceptions of African American criminality in the late 19th Century and the present day, using Slavery By Another Name as a guiding source. Dr. Charlene Mires, Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University-Camden,  director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities, and  editor of the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, will faciliate discussion.

    Slavery by Another Name: Jon Van Amber and Omni Studio

    About Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle

    To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, HSP has partnered with the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the National Constitution Center, the Philadelphia History Museum, and the Encyclopdia of Greater Philadelphia to host screenings of four documentaries featuring riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America.

    The documentaries are part of Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, a powerful film set produced with NEH support. Each film tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation.  These programs offer a series of lectures, discussion forums, and scholarly presentations in addition to the screenings.

    The documentaries, The AbolitionistsSlavery by Another NameThe Loving Story, and Freedom Riders, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012, and The Loving Story and The Abolitionists have been nominated for Emmys in 2013. 


    Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.


    Location: African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street

  • February 12, 2015, 6-7:30 p.m.—Co-Sponsored Event: Created Equal? The Abolitionists

    Created Equal? The Abolitionists: Radicals. Agitators. Troublemakers. Liberators.

    Thursday, February 12, 2015, 6-7:30pm
    Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent
    15 S. Seventh Street, Philadelphia
    Admission Free.
    Pre-registration is requested.

    Beginning in the 1830s, several religious, social, and political reform movements swept through the United States. Among the men and women leading these reforms were abolitionists who fought to end slavery, an institution they believed to be incompatible with the founding principles of the nation.

    The Philadelphia History Museum invites you to a screening of The Abolitionists, a documentary film vividly bringing to life the struggles of these ordinary men and women – black and white, enslaved and free – that culminated in the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment. Through innovative use of reenactments, this three-episode series puts a face on the anti-slavery movement—or rather, five faces: William Lloyd Garrison, impassioned New England newspaper editor; Frederick Douglass, former slave, author, and activist; Angelina Grimké, daughter of a rich South Carolina slaveholder; Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the enormously influential Uncle Tom’s Cabin; and John Brown, ultimately executed for his armed seizure of the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry. The film’s release in 2013 also marked the 150th anniversary of the Proclamation.

    Dr. Lawrence Little, Associate Professor of History at Villanova University, will discuss how the issues and themes raised in the film relate to current events. Objects from PHM’s collections will be on display during the program, including a “free labor” girl’s dress circa 1840s. 

    About Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle

    To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia has partnered with the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the National Constitution Center, the Philadelphia History Museum,  and the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia to host screenings of four documentaries featuring riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America.

    The documentaries are part of Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, a powerful film set produced with NEH support. Each film tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation.  These programs offer a series of lectures, discussion forums, and scholarly presentations in addition to the screenings.

    The documentaries, The AbolitionistsSlavery by Another NameThe Loving Story, and Freedom Riders, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012, and The Loving Story and The Abolitionists have been nominated for Emmys in 2013. 


    Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.


    Location: Philadelphia History Museum, 15 S. Seventh Street, Philadelphia.

  • November 11, 2014, 6:30-8:30 p.m.—Co-Sponsored Event: Leaving the Emerald Isle: Trials and Tribulations of Irish Immigrants in 19th-Century Philadelphia

    Tuesday, November 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Historical Society of Pennsylvania

    During the mid 19th century, large numbers of Irish citizens made the perilous journey to America with the the hopes of escaping poverty, famine, and oppression. As thousands of immigrants made Philadelphia their home, they were met with religious and ethnic prejudices.  Moderated by Charlene Mires, professor of History at Rutgers-Camden and editor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, a panel of experts will examine the challenges and issues faced by the Irish as they struggled to integrate into American society.  A reception and performance of traditional Irish music will follow. For complete information, link to the event website at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

    Speaker Bios:

    Dr. William Watson is a professor of History at Immaculata University and Director of the Duffy’s Cut Project. He’s the author of  numerous articles and worked on several  books including: The Irish-Americans: The History and Culture of a People (forthcoming, ABC-Clio, November, 2014), The Ghosts of Duffy’s Cut (Praeger, 2006), Tricolor and Crescent: France and the Islamic World, and The Collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union (Greenwood, 1998).

    Zachary Schragg is a professor of history at George Mason University and the author of two books, The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro and Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965-2009, both published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. He is currently working on a narrative history of the Philadelphia riots of 1844 and contributed the essay on this topic for The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.

    Michael Johnson graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2012 with a degree in History, United States concentration. While at Notre Dame he was a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the history national honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, a national academic honor society, and also served as a Gilder Lehrman History Scholar. His honors thesis “‘Be Patriots Because You Have a Country’: The Fenian Brotherhood and Irish-American Identity in Civil War-Era Philadelphia” received the University’s O’Hagan Award for best essay on Irish history. He is presently pursuing a Master’s Degree in History, United States concentration at Villanova University. His interests include nineteenth century United States History and the Civil War era, particularly questions of race, ethnicity, and identity. He is currently working with Dr. Judith Giesberg and two fellow students on a study of the Institute for Colored Youth, an elite school for African American children in nineteenth century Philadelphia.

    James Kopaczewski graduated from St. Joseph’s University in 2013 with a B.A. in History and International Relations. While at St. Joseph’s, Jim was a member of Phi Alpha Theta and served as a Summer Scholar where he researched Irish immigration to the United States in the early 19th century. Following graduation, he switched sides in the Holy War and made the short move up Lancaster Avenue to Villanova. At Villanova, he is a second year M.A. student whose concentration is in United States History with an emphasis on the Civil War Era. He is also interested in the Union home front in the Civil War, masculinity in the 19th century, and Irish-American studies.

    Charlene Mires is the Director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities and Professor of History at Rutgers-Camden, where she teaches courses in public, urban, and U.S. history. She is the author of Independence Hall in American Memory (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002), which received the Philadelphia Athenaeum Literary Award; Capital of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations (NYU Press, 2013); as well as articles in The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Pennsylvania History, The Public Historian, and other journals. As a journalist, she was a co-winner of the Pulitzer Prize for general local reporting awarded to the staff of the Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel in 1983 for coverage of the floods that ravaged that city in 1982.


    Location: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia

  • October 30, 2014, 7-9 p.m.—Co-Sponsored Event: Philadelphia History Quizzo

    Thursday, October 30, 7-9 p.m.
    National Mechanics Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant

    Think you know Philadelphia history? Test your knowledge of the City of Brotherly Love in this special pub quiz organized by the Delaware Valley Archivists Group as the capstone event of Archives Month Philly. Questions plumbed from the annals of our city’s past by your friendly local archivists will challenge you to recall the people, places, and events that make Philadelphia unique. For more information, link to the website of Archives Month Philly.


    Location: National Mechanics Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant, 22 S. Third Street, Philadelphia

  • October 22, 2014, 5:30 p.m.—Co-Sponsored Event: Lenape Country: Delaware Valley Society Before William Penn

    Wednesday, October 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Philadelphia History Museum

    Join us at the Philadelphia History Museum for conversation with Jean R. Soderlund, author of the new book Lenape Country: Delaware Valley Society Before William Penn, and a film screening by History Making Productions.

    About the book:
    Lenape Country is a sweeping narrative history of the multi­ethnic society of the Delaware Valley in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. After Swanendael, the Natives, Swedes, and Finns avoided war by focusing on trade and forging strategic alliances in such events as the Dutch conquest, the Mercurius affair, the Long Swede conspiracy, and English attempts to seize land. Drawing on a wide range of sources, author Jean R. Soderlund demonstrates that the hallmarks of Delaware Valley society—commitment to personal freedom, religious liberty, peaceful resolution of conflict, and opposition to hierarchical government—began in the Delaware Valley not with Quaker ideals or the leadership of William Penn but with the Lenape Indians, whose culture played a key role in shaping Delaware Valley society.

    Jean R. Soderlund is Professor of History at Lehigh University and editor of William Penn and the Founding of Pennsylvania: A Documentary History. She is an associate editor of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.

    About the film:
    A Lost World, the sixth episode of the documentary series Philadelphia: The Great Experiment by History Making Productions tells the story of Philadelphia between 1600-1680.

    The program is FREE to Museum Members. $10 General Public. Pre-registration is requested. Books will be available for purchase.

    Register today!


    Location: Philadelphia History Museum, 15 S. Seventh Street, Philadelphia

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