A History of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania - Vol. 1

A History of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania - Vol. 1

A History of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania - Vol. 1

A History of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania - Vol. 1

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On December 2, 1924, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of its birth. An account of the ceremonies will be found in its appropriate place in Volume II of this work.

At the request of his colleagues of the Council, the writer undertook the expansion of the address delivered by him as president on the memorial occasion into a serious history of the institution. It has been a labor of love and of loyalty, but, owing to the magnitude of the task and its numerous complexities, it has required time and care, with many interruptions in the actual performance. An adequate background had to be supplied through an analysis of the conditions surrounding the founders to throw into proper relief the characters, purposes and achievements of those notable and unselfish men who through years of struggle persevered in nursing the voluntary efforts of a few associates into a powerful, influential and useful society. The growth was gradual, but an effort has been made to present its successive stages in such a manner as to enable the reader to visualize a story of steady progress surmounting crises and discouragements.

Numerous biographies with genealogical features have been attempted, so as to knit Colonial and Revolutionary days to those of the last one hundred years. In this way the unity of our history as a colony, a state, a municipality and as a nation becomes apparent. This result sustains the fact that the development of the Society has definitely followed our civic growth. It would be an error to suppose that the Society has confined its activities to the study of Colonial and Revolutionary days. The War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and the great World War are all parts of the story.

The accumulation of books, pamphlets, newspapers, broadsides, documents, relics, curios, autograph letters, portraits in . . .

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