The Kislak Kitchen: Henrietta Butler’s Little Cakes
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by Kelin Baldridge Smallwood
4d ago
Henrietta Butler’s cookbook is one I was so excited to work on as I rarely get to put a full name to the recipes. She was writing this cookbook in the 1820s and 1830s while living at 14 Gunterstone Road in London. Armed with a name and an address, I was sure I would be able ..read more
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Leonard Bernstein: world-famous musician
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by Kristine McGee
1w ago
The recent release of the movie Maestro will introduce a new generation to musician, composer, conductor, educator, author and humanitarian, Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990). Bernstein was the first American conductor to receive international acclaim and is considered one of the most important conductors of his time. He was a prolific composer, writing in many genres, including ..read more
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Just Gossip About the Philadelphia Charity Ball: Stories from the Thomas Hart papers about Philadelphia Society’s Event of the Year
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by Kelin Baldridge Smallwood
2w ago
The Thomas Hart papers thrust beholders into the vibrant world of early 20th century Philadelphia high society. The creator, Thomas Hart, was a lawyer, but that is largely beside the point of this collection, which mostly represents his organizational involvements. He served on countless boards and held numerous leadership roles in dozens of Philadelphia-area organizations ..read more
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Introducing the Philadelphia Orchestra Association records
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by Anna Juliar
3w ago
STORIES FROM THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA ASSOCIATION RECORDS After a year and a half of hard work, and with a healthy dose of support and some heavy lifting (literally) contributed by my wonderful colleagues at the Special Collections Processing Center at Penn Libraries, I’m very pleased to announce that the first portion of the archives of ..read more
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Alexander Kendrick reporting…
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by Samantha Dodd
1M ago
Though the world is in its “digital era,” I am still a fan of the analog life. Each week when I see the new issue of The Daily Pennsylvanian, I am excited. Even in college back in Texas, I would grab a copy of the Daily Shorthorn (UT Arlington) before class and enjoy a few ..read more
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The Film Box Set to End All Film Box Sets: Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining
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by kislakguestauthor
1M ago
Guest Post by Ian Dykstra I love reading about film productions. Getting behind-the-scenes details on how projects came to be, the personalities and processes of casts and crews, and the more technical aspects of filmmaking gives me a greater appreciation for the films I love. Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, a new Collector’s Edition box set ..read more
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Herbert Schiller: Media Scholar and Critic of American Empire
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by Andrew Williams
2M ago
Herbert Schiller (1919-2000) was an American media critic and political economist who studied the systematic connections between mass media, technology, U.S. information policy, and corporate interests. His work placed communication at the center of understanding the expansion of American political, economic, and cultural influence across the globe, and he examined the ways in which the ..read more
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So much to do!
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by kristinemcgee
2M ago
Laura Capron and her sister Annie sailed to America from India with their parents, who were evangelical missionaries, in 1872. Their parents returned to India in 1874 but Laura and Annie remained in America under the care of their Aunt Annie and Uncle Arthur Tufts.  The girls corresponded with their parents regularly and gave them ..read more
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James G. Spady: A Pan-Africanist Renaissance Man
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by xiezhangyang
3M ago
My name is Zhangyang Xie, and I am a senior studying Africana Studies and Science, Technology, and Society in the college. During the summer, I worked as an assistant community curator at the Kislak center and cataloged James G. Spady’s articles in the Philadelphia New Observer.  I have heard so many great things about James ..read more
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The first mention of the atom in Rabbinic literature?
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by Louis Meiselman
3M ago
Recently cataloged is a volume of Talmud touted as the largest Talmud ever printed; “Shas ha-gadol shebi-gedolim”, meaning the Talmud greater than the greats, or bigger than the biggest (in accordance with how one were to translate the Hebrew word גדול, gadol). The book is extremely large, even compared to the dozens of editions of ..read more
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