Historical Society sparks curiosity in next generation

Cherri Gregg
May 17, 2018 - 11:46 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is celebrating individuals who have made contributions to local and national history.

The theme of the annual Founder's Award gala is "Swing Back to the 1940s," which will honor author Jill LePore, a Harvard history professor who wrote the award-winning New York Times best seller "Secret History of Wonder Woman."

"She just has this unique ability to see and to dig into the gaps in the historical record," said Lynette Zimmerman, HSP interim development director. 

They'll also honor Siobhan Reardon, president and director of the Free Library of Philadelphia, with the Heritage Award for her contributions to the heritage of the Philadelphia region.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward HSP's History Makers Camp, a summer program for high school students.

"They're going to research pivotal events in African-American history in Philadelphia and they're going to map these epicenters of history," said Zimmerman, who notes the end result of their efforts will be an app.

HSP provides education about the history and people of Philadelphia and beyond. The organization's collection is comprised of more than 21 million objects, including one of the only handwritten working copies of the U.S. Constitution, manuscripts, books and much more. 

The Founders Award gala takes place Thursday evening at the Independence Seaport Museum. Details and registration are available at hsp.org/founders.