Tagged History

Reopening the Book of the Dead: The Evil Dead 40th Anniversary

40 years ago on this day, October 15, 1981, a film debuted that not only scared audiences but would send shivers through Hollywood for years to come, serving as not only an artistic influence on future filmmakers but also a D.I.Y. guide…

LGBTQ History Told Through Comics and Graphic Novels

A panel from Hazel Newlevant's exposé of queer uprisings found within Be Gay, Do Comics!. All October we'll be talking about LGBTQ History on the Free Library's blog! Last week we discussed LGBTQ Historical Young…

Explore the New Deal’s Legacy Across Philadelphia

The New Deal, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s political experiment to pull the United States out of the Great Depression, created programs for relief for the unemployed and economic recovery and reform. Evidence of some of these…

We Were Always Here: LGBTQ Historical Young Adult Fiction

October is LGBTQ History Month ! A lot of straight and/or cisgender people like to treat gay people like we didn't exist until  Ellen Degeneres came out as a lesbian in 1997 ; and as if transgender people didn't exist until…

What Do You Know About Bollywood? | International Bollywood Day

September 24 is International Bollywood Day! So... what exactly is Bollywood? Depending on who you ask, each person defines it differently.  In the film My Name Is Khan , an Indian man embarks on a remarkable journey across America…

Move into Autumn with the Harvest Moon

Today, September 22, we welcome the equinox once again! On this day twice each year, the sun rests directly over the equator, so day and night are nearly equal in length all over the globe. In the Northern Hemisphere, the Autumn Equinox…

Hispanic Heritage Month Begins!

Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration of Hispanic heritage and culture through festivals, cuisine, cultural events, and art, encompassing people of various races, ethnicities, nationalities, and traditions across Spanish-speaking…

Best Summer Albums Through the Decades

Whether it is eating ice cream, swimming, or visiting your neighborhood library, there are so many great summer pastimes. One of the most exciting parts of summer is listening to all the incredible music! As we approach the end of…

For the Greatest Number: The New Deal Revisited

by Laura S. and Caitlin G. It’s been ninety years since the crisis of the Great Depression inspired the New Deal’s government investment and aid. But it’s not just history. The country is again facing a choice: What do…

We Have a New Federal Holiday — Juneteenth!

Two months ago was the first official celebration of Juneteenth as a national holiday. On Thursday, June 17, 2021, Congress passed and presented the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act to President Joe Biden, who signed the bill…

Celebrating Pakistan's Independence Day with Music, Film, and Literature!

Jashn-e-Azadi Mubarak! Happy Independence Day! This past Saturday, August 14, was Pakistan’s Independence Day. Formed in 1947, Pakistan celebrated 74 years of its independence and freedom from British colonialism and the formation…

Celebrate the Dog Days of Summer with the Free Library!

The summer is heating up! As we all try our best to deal with the rising temperatures in our area, don't forget that the Free Library is a great place to cool off! From access to books and other materials to computers and wireless…

The Commemoration of Juneteenth

The oldest known celebration of the end of enslavement in U.S. history, Juneteenth is a day that recognizes freedom and liberation. Juneteenth, a combination of the words "June" and "nineteenth, centers Black lived…

Unspeakable: Taking Time for Tulsa

May 31 of this year marks an awful anniversary in our country and one we are still coming to terms with— The Tulsa Race Riots , which have been called "the single worst incident of racial violence in American history."…

Frank Stephens, Jr.: A Free Library Legacy

When Frank Stephens, Jr., passed away in March at the age of 89, many mourned the loss of a friend and colleague. Others were hearing about Frank for the first time. And it was an opportunity for all of us at the Free Library to learn…

Why Did Abraham Care What We Eat? Food Restrictions in Major Religions

We often emphasize distinctions between the main Abrahamic religions, but they have something culinary in common: each year Muslims, Christians, and Jews restrict their diets to mimic the fasts of their respective prophets Muhammed,…

Trust No One: Joe McCarthy and the Politics of Fear

Lies. Alternative facts. Demonize and Destroy Your Opponents. Does this sound familiar? Former Senator Joseph R. McCarthy (R-Wisconsin) has been dead for 63 years, but the political tools and techniques that he pioneered are as fresh as…

Introducing the HistoryMakers Digital Archive!

What do Guion Bluford , Angela Davis , Hank Aaron , Maya Angelou , Katherine G. Johnson , Eartha Kitt , Sonny Rollins , Gordon Parks , Ntozake Shange , and E. Lynn Harris all have in common? They are phenomenal Black people who have…

Celebrate the Year of the Ox!

Celebrate Lunar New Year 2021 and the Year of the Ox ! In Chinese culture, the Ox is a valued animal. Because of its role in agriculture, positive characteristics, such as being hardworking and honest, are attributed to it. As for…

Bento Boxes: A Sustainable Method for Food On the Go

Quaint boxes equipped with separate compartments, used to store your favorite meals, bento boxes are gaining major popularity in the United States. While they are great for storing on-the-go meals, they were …

For the Greatest Number: The New Deal Revisited

It’s been ninety years since the crisis of the Great Depression inspired a New Deal of arts programs, infrastructure investment, and worker protections. The art and objects funded by New Deal programs show us how workers shaped…

For the Greatest Number: The New Deal Revisited

It’s been ninety years since the crisis of the Great Depression inspired a New Deal of arts programs, infrastructure investment, and worker protections. The art and objects funded by New Deal programs show us how workers shaped…

IN-PERSON | Nikole Hannah-Jones | The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story

TICKETS   Nikole Hannah-Jones won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for her work on The 1619 Project, a continuing initiative started by the The New York Times Magazine to reexamine United States history through the…

IN-PERSON | Robert Costa | Peril

TICKETS Ellis Wachs Endowed Lecture In conversation with Michael Smerconish A national political reporter at The Washington Post , Bucks County's own Robert Costa has earned a wide readership and praise from fellow journalists for…

Art of the New Deal: Lunchtime Zoom

The Print and Picture Collection and Art Department will present and discuss library artifacts created by artists for multiple federal projects of the New Deal era. In conjunction with the library exhibition For The Greatest Number: The…

Art of the New Deal: Lunchtime Zoom

The Print and Picture Collection and Art Department will present and discuss library artifacts created by artists for multiple federal projects of the New Deal era. In conjunction with the library exhibition For The Greatest Number: The…

VIRTUAL | Linda Greenhouse | Justice on the Brink: The Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Rise of Amy Coney Barrett, and Twelve Months That Transformed the Supreme Court

REGISTER In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition Pine Tree Foundation Endowed Lecture The New York Times ’s Supreme Court correspondent for nearly three decades, Linda Greenhouse won the…

VIRTUAL - Huma Abedin | Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds

REGISTER Currently Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff, Huma Abedin began as an intern for the former first lady in 1996. In the interim she has served in the U.S. Senate as senior advisor to Senator Clinton, worked as traveling…

Auction Finds: A New Twist on Art Collecting, an author talk with Sherry L. Howard

Sherry L. Howard will present an Arts Talk and Book Signing for her new book ART WITH HEART: How I Built a Sweet Collection by Buying Cheap at Auction .  Sherry has been collecting art at auctions for years and writing about the…

IN-PERSON | George F. Will | American Happiness and Discontents: The Unruly Torrent, 2008–-2020

TICKETS Meelya Gordon Memorial Lecture Renowned for his “ability to combine high thinking with a shrewd capacity to understand day-to-day American politics,” ( The Economist ) Pulitzer Prize winner George Will has written a…

VIRTUAL - Woody Holton | Liberty Is Sweet: The Hidden History of the American Revolution

REGISTER In conversation with Adam McNeil, host of the New Books in African American Studies podcast The McCausland Professor of History at the University of South Carolina, Woody Holton teaches early U.S. history, specializing in…

VIRTUAL - Wil Haygood | Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World

REGISTER In conversation with Cheryl Boone Isaacs, former head of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Writing “with perspective, understanding and compassion to burn” ( Chicago Sun-Times ), Pulitzer…

Postcards!

New Date! Did you know that postcards were invented 152 years ago this month?   Join us on the front lawn of the library for a mail celebration! We will learn about Owney, a famous dog who was the mascot of the…

Who Failed Haiti and What Can Be Done About It?

Discussions about Haiti frequently produce a great deal of heat, but very little light.  Now, local human rights lawyer Thomas Griffin takes you beyond the headlines to discuss why Haiti’s experiment in self-government has…

Alice Dunbar-Nelson

Free Library resources in support of the Rosenbach's Digital Exhibition: "I Am an American!" The Authorship and Activism of Alice Dunbar-Nelson

Freedom Train - Adults

Supplemental adult reading suggestions for the Rosenbach's Freedom Train exhibition, running July 1st, 2016 through November 1st, 2016.

Freedom Train - Teens

Supplemental teen reading suggestions for the Rosenbach's Freedom Train exhibition, running July 1st, 2016 through November 1st, 2016.

Freedom Train - Children

Supplemental children's reading suggestions for the Rosenbach's Freedom Train exhibition, running July 1st, 2016 through November 1st, 2016.

Presidents of the United States

Under the United States Constitution, the President of the United States is the head of state and head of government of the United States. As chief of the executive branch and face of the federal government as a whole, the presidency is…

Asians American History, Cultural Traditions, and Celebrations

History of different Asian ethnic groups in America and background on Asian cultural traditions and holidays.

U.S. Elections and Politics

The United States midterm general election will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. In Pennsylvania, the ballot includes candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, the Pennsylvania State Senate,…

U.S. History In Context

Covers themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-colonial times to the present. The material also includes access to the citations for over 180 additional history journals from the Institute for Scientific…

U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1980)

The bound, sequentially numbered volumes of all the Reports, Documents, and Journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives constitutes a rich source of primary source material on all aspects of American history. Upon…

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture, and Law

This HeinOnline collection brings together a multitude of essential legal materials on slavery in the U.S. and the English-speaking world. It includes nearly 2,000 titles, with every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery,…

Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001)

Full access to the oldest continuously published daily Black newspaper in the United States.

Philadelphia Evening Telegraph

Philadelphia Evening Telegraph was a daily afternoon newspaper started on January 4, 1864. Search, browse, and read it online here.

HistoryMakers Digital Archive

The HistoryMakers Digital Archive is the nation's largest African American video oral history collection. It provides high-quality primary source content, with fully searchable transcripts, from thousands of people from a broad range of…

Historical Newspapers - Black Newspapers

Primary source material from ten historic Black newspapers, including the Chicago Defender, The Baltimore Afro-American, New York Amsterdam News, Pittsburgh Courier, Los Angeles Sentinel, Atlanta Daily World, and the Cleveland Call and Post

Gun Regulation and Legislation in America

This new HeinOnline collection brings together more than 550 titles dealing with this difficult and important topic. Included are periodicals, key compiled federal legislative histories, relevant congressional hearings, CRS Reports,…

Gale OneFile | High School Edition (formerly InfoTrac Student Edition) *

High school students will have access to age-appropriate content from magazines, journals, newspapers, reference books, and engaging multi-media covering a wide range of subjects, from science, history, and literature to political…

Gale in Context | Middle School (formerly Research in Context) *

Discover reliable and trusted information on a variety of topics to support middle school student research for government, U.S and world history, geography, literature, sciences, and social issues. Research In Context offers…

Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker (1801-1819)

Covering every aspect of American life during the early decades of the United States, this rich primary source collection provides full-text access to the 36,000 American books, pamphlets and broadsides published in the first nineteen…

Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans (1639-1800)

Based on the renowned American Bibliography by Charles Evans. The definitive resource for every aspect of life in 17th- and 18th-century America, from agriculture and auctions through foreign affairs, diplomacy, literature, music,…

Archive of Americana

Search or browse the books, pamphlets, and other imprints listed in the renowned bibliography by Charles Evans, including publications unavailable earlier. Search or browse the books, pamphlets, broadsides and other imprints listed in…

America's Historical Newspapers (formerly Early American Newspapers, Series I 1690-1876)

America's Historical Newspapers features cover-to-cover reproductions of hundreds of historic newspapers, providing more than one million pages as fully text-searchable facsimile images. For students and scholars of early America, this…

Keisha N. Blain | Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer's Enduring Message to America

In conversation with Mitchell S. Jackson Keisha N. Blain ’s  Set the World on Fire , a history of some of the early 20th century’s leading Black nationalist women, won the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Book Prize and was…

Fiona Hill | There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century

In conversation with Trudy Rubin, Worldview columnist, The Philadelphia Inquirer Known for her testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives during Donald Trump’s 2019 impeachment hearings, Fiona Hill has more than 30 years of…

Sheryll Cashin | White Space, Black Hood: Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in the Age of Inequality

In conversation with Richard Rothstein Sheryll Cashin’s NAACP Image Award–nominated books on racism and inequality include  The Failures of Integration ,  The Agitator’s Daughter , and  Place, Not Race . The Carmack Waterhouse Professor…

Joe Posnanski | The Baseball 100

In conversation with Tyler Kepner  “Arguably the best pure long-form sportswriter in the land” ( Chicago Sun-Times ), Joe Posnanski is the bestselling author of six books, including in-depth accounts of golf legends Tom Watson and Jack…

Dara Horn | People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present

In conversation with Adam Kirsch  Recognized for their “signature blend of tragedy and spirituality” ( The Washington Post ), Dara Horn’s novels include  In the Image ,  The World to Come , and  A Guide for the Perplexed . One of …

Randall Kennedy | Say It Loud!: On Race, Law, History, and Culture

Celebrated for “his courage and his convictions” in tackling sensitive issues, Randall Kennedy is “a member of that small coterie of our most lucid big thinkers about race” ( The Washington Post ). The Michael R. Klein Professor at…

Tarana Burke | Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement

In conversation with Imani Perry A longtime activist for justice and equity, Tarana Burke founded the Me Too movement in 2006 as a way for women to come together in their shared experiences of sexual violence. She is the senior director…

Carole Hopson | A Pair of Wings: A Novel Inspired by Pioneer Aviatrix Bessie Coleman

In conversation with Lorene Cary, author of the memoirs  Ladysitting   and  Black Ice , three novels, and a book for young readers. She teaches at University of Pennsylvania and has written a one-act opera of  Ladysitting  and a play, …

Rebecca Donner | All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler

In conversation with David Clay Large, professor at the Fromm Institute, University of San Francisco, Senior Fellow at the Institute of European Studies, U.C. Berkeley, and author of ten books including  Berlin, Where Ghosts Walked:…

Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker | I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year

In conversation with Andrea Mitchell, anchor of Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC and NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker are the authors of the #1 bestselling book A Very Stable Genius , a “taut and…

Scott Ellsworth | The Ground Breaking: An American City's Search for Justice

In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning journalist and broadcaster Scott Ellsworth is the author of Death in a Promised Land , an in-depth book about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, one of modern history’s most horrific…

Bobby Rush | I Ain’t Studdin’ Ya: My American Blues Story

In conversation with Jonny Meister, host of The Blues Show on WXPN In his five decades in blues music, Grammy-winner Bobby Rush has recorded hundreds of his own songs, collaborated with the likes of Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters, and…

Sarah Schulman | Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987–1993

In conversation with Jason Villemez, editor of the  Philadelphia Gay News A decades-long activist for LGBTQ+ rights and women’s empowerment, Sarah Schulman is the author of more than twenty novels, nonfiction books, screenplays, and…

Joshua Cohen | The Netanyahus with Rivka Galchen | Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch

Joshua Cohen ’s acclaimed novels include Moving Kings , Witz , and Book of Numbers , “a fascinating look at the dark heart of the Web” and “one of the best novels ever written about the Internet” ( Rolling Stone ). One of Granta ’s Best…

Laura Raicovich | Culture Strike: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest

In conversation with Seph Rodney, PhD, opinions editor and managing editor of the Sunday Edition for Hyperallergic , author of The Personalization of the Museum Visit , and winner of the 2020 Rabkin Arts Journalism Prize. The interim…

Elizabeth Hinton | America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s

In conversation with Jill Lepore, historian and bestselling and award-winning author of These Truths: A History of the United States , The Secret History of Wonder Woman , and If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future…

Jason L. Riley | Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell

In conversation with Anthony B. Bradley, Professor and Chair of Religious and Theological Studies at The King's College (New York) and a Research Fellow at The Acton Institute Jason L. Riley ’s books include  Let Them In: The Case for…

Paul Farmer | Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History

Pine Tree Foundation Endowed Lecture In conversation with Dr. Steven Larson, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Acclaimed for his “exceptional empathy and care” ( Boston Globe )…

Lawrence Wright | The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid

In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition Acclaimed for bringing “a clear-eyed, investigative fearlessness” ( The Washington Post ) to a diverse range of topics, Lawrence Wright  is a longtime staff…

Carol Anderson | The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America

In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning journalist and broadcaster In appreciation of the George S. Pepper Society Carol Anderson is the author of the National Book Critics Circle Award winner White Rage , “a riveting and…