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Renée Wolcott
Willman Spawn Conservation Intern Joanna Hurd spent only two weeks at the American Philosophical Society before the novel coronavirus sent everyone home, but in that...
Janine Boldt
About one year ago, I began researching for the 2020 American Philosophical Society exhibition, the theme of which was “Benjamin Franklin’s science.” As lead curator...
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Updated April 6, 2020 While onsite programs are on hold, there are many ways to engage with APS events and collections remotely in the coming...
Michael Miller
A small cache of items relating to Brigadier General Samuel Kosciusko Zook (1822-1863) was recently discovered in the Vaux Family Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.73). Few of the...
Melanie Rinehart
Archival collections do not spawn, fully processed, from the open lid of a Hollinger box. An archivist’s intercession is required to turn accessioned materials into...
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By Anisha Gupta and Emily Margolis Advancing STEM education has been a priority for NASA, America’s civilian space agency, since its founding in 1958. Over...
Charles Greifenstein
Benjamin Rush had been a Member of the APS for six years when he met Thomas Paine. In 1774 Benjamin Rush was clearly a man...
Susan Laquer
Several weeks ago, I introduced you to Hampton L. Carson, a geneticist who donated his papers to the American Philosophical Society. We touched on his...