Happy Women’s History Month! We’re kicking off the celebration with this in-depth guest post introducing us to Deborah Norris Logan, an early American historian and prolific diarist. After reading, take a closer look at her diaries in the In Her Own Right database or the HSP catalog, and pay a visit to the museum in her beloved home, Stenton mansion, located in Historic Germantown, Philadelphia. Continue reading “Deborah Norris Logan: Historian, Diarist, Republican”
Popular narratives of the Civil War often suggest that white Northerners saved otherwise helpless African Americans from slavery. However, such portrayals are far from accurate; African Americans played a major role in the war effort and in advocating for emancipation. In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, today we discuss “contrabands,” African American refugees who contributed to both developments.
This guest post highlights a women’s charitable organization that made some of the first strides toward protecting children from abuse.
By Margery Sly, Director of the Temple University Special Collections Research Center
At first glance, this letter from Abby Hopper Gibbons might look like just another cranky old lady complaining about that newfangled elevated train, but she’s not just any cranky old lady, as this guest post explains. Continue reading “Abby Hopper Gibbons and the “Hellevated” Trains”