February 22, 2016
Often thought of as the last bastions of hush, libraries are louder than one might have heard. So tune in and listen closely to Philadelphia's 300-plus-year musical legacy. Forsaking it in their religious services and sneering at it in their private lives, the Quaker founders of Philadelphia were a decidedly unmusical bunch. Fortunately for future ears, other religious and ethnic groups were counted among the city's early settlers, many with active musical traditions - and instruments - in tow. The mystic Johannes Kelpius and his small band of pietist pilgrims developed a sophisticated musical practice while living alone in the woods along the Wissahickon Creek near Germantown.
May 18, 2007 |
The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies' absorption into the Historical Society of Pennsylvania will go into its final phase Thursday, when Alderfer Auction Co. starts selling off the artifacts, memorabilia and clothing that came with the deal. In its heyday, the Balch was a prominent civic institution celebrating the city's ethnic diversity. All told, Thursday's auction - beginning at 9 a.m. at 501 Fairgrounds Rd., Hatfield - will consist of 500 uncataloged lots of acquisitions and possessions not kept by the society or transferred to other ethnic museums and local institutions.
February 14, 2007 |
Kim Sajet, 41, a vice president at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, has been named president and chief executive of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. A native Australian, Sajet will succeed David Moltke-Hansen, who is retiring after running the 183-year-old society for the last eight years. "After conducting a national search and considering a number of highly qualified candidates, we found Kim was far and away the best person to lead HSP," Collin McNeil, society board chairman, said in a statement.
November 8, 2004
Swarthmore lacrosse's 27-year unbeaten streak An Oct. 23 article titled "A bunch of girls who simply just can't lose" contained a list of longtime winning records in this area. All the records were impressive and deserving of note, but as the former women's lacrosse coach at the the former Swarthmore High School and elsewhere, I have received many calls from alumnae asking, "Where is our 27-year undefeated record?" Let me quote from a 1997 article from the (Media) Town Talk newspaper: "One of Delaware County's most unbelievable records belongs to the women's lacrosse program at the former Swarthmore High School.
October 31, 2004 |
The photographs show a young musician from Panama following her dreams, a Colombian family who own a sewing machine business celebrating Christmas Eve together, and a vigil for a Puerto Rican teenager, the victim of a drive-by shooting in South Philadelphia. The walls of the Baldwin School art gallery are lined with images of the joy and struggles in the lives of Latino families who have made their home in Philadelphia and its suburbs. "Latino Philadelphia: Our Journeys, Our Communities," a bilingual exhibit, showcases the rich cultures of this diverse group, looks back at the historical trading ties between Philadelphia and the Latino world, and provides a glimpse of the hardships endured by the early immigrants.
May 30, 2002 |
The former home of the Balch Institute of Ethnic Studies is for sale. Asking price: $5.8 million. The sale is the result of the merger of the Balch, at 18 S. Seventh St., with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, said David Moltke-Hansen, the historical society's president and chief executive. Within a year or so, the entire Balch library collection of 3 million manuscripts, 60,000 books, and 12,000 graphics related to the ethnic and immigrant experience in the Philadelphia area will be housed at the historical society, at 1300 Locust St. The five-story, 85,000-square-foot Balch building, designed by H2L2 Architects, opened in 1976 as part of the city's Bicentennial festivities.
January 8, 2002
Know that familiar Temple University recruiting slogan, about students who "could have gone anywhere . . . "? Unfortunately, the same can be said for many of the historic artifacts, documents and images that make up the Philadelphia region's heritage. These days, those treasures could go anywhere - even to the highest bidder, with little regard for how the deal frays the area's cultural fabric. So when an agreement is struck that safeguards a vast piece of this patrimony, the news is, well, historic.
December 22, 2001 |
Paving the way for creation of one of the largest independent research libraries in the country, Philadelphia Orphans' Court has approved the merger of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies. The merger, in the works since April, when officials at the Balch broached the idea, will give researchers access to a vast trove of documents, printed materials and visual images covering the entire history of the country as well as the history and experience of its multicultural patchwork of peoples.
May 1, 2001 |
In the latest sign of consolidation in the cultural community, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies have agreed to combine their operations in a "strategic alliance" that will create an archival trove covering the life of the United States from colonial beginnings to present-day diversity. The exact form of the combination - merger, partnership, coalition - remains to be worked out, according to officials from both organizations. But both the historical society and Balch boards have given the green light to proceed and will meet separately on May 21 to consider the preliminary details now being discussed.
April 21, 2000 |
Adab Ibrahim, a Philadelphian of Arab descent, chooses to confront the dilemma faced by Muslim women in America who desire to be true to their faith but have decided not to submit to the veil. She writes in reverential terms of hijab, the Islamic tradition requiring women to cover their heads in public. Under its "protection," as she calls it, a woman "is not perceived for her good or bad looks or her choice of fashionable clothes. She is taken for her intelligence and good moral character.