July 2nd, 2020372 views
This year’s Independence Day may look and feel a bit
different—no big fireworks displays, parades or concerts. But that doesn’t mean
you can’t still celebrate our nation’s biggest day in a big way! Don your red,
white and blue, crank up the A/C and raise a glass to American history, all
without leaving your 1500 Locust apartment.
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is a treasure trove
of information about the nation’s history, and specifically the local region’s
role in creating that history. While in-person operations aren’t yet fully up
and running, the organization has a robust online presence, so you can do you
part to educate yourself about how Philly helped fuel the founding of the
nation, and you don’t even have to get off the couch in your 1500 Locust
There are three primary ways the Historical Society offers
for online education:
Catalogue: The catalogue features extensive histories from books, journals,
pamphlets, newspapers, photographs, archival records and much more. Explore the
catalogue with the user-friendly search function to find just what you’re
Digital Library: Walk
back in time with an illustrative history of Pennsylvania and the United States
in this library that features centuries-old photos and pictures of rare
artifacts. Get up close and personal with a draft of the U.S. Constitution or
dive into local folklore with photos of some of the first Mummers Parades.
Projects: Dive into multimedia exhibits that highlight particular people,
places and events that have been momentous in local history, such as the
Pennsylvania Abolition Society, early women’s rights activists and local
participants in the Underground Railroad.
So this July 4th, embrace our newly virtual world
and take some time to appreciate the history behind the holiday.
Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107