Samuel Powel: Patriot, Tory, or Neither?
Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
Samuel Powel has the distinction of being the last mayor of Philadelphia under British rule, and the first after American Independence. Often referred to as Philadelphia’s “Patriot Mayor,” he is depicted as an early ardent supporter of the American cause. Join us as author David Maxey journeys back to the early years of the Revolution to take a closer look at Powel and his allegiance. Was Powel always a patriot or did he only gradually adopt the cause of liberty? To help answer that question, our speaker will draw on material from the collections of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Guests are invited to arrive at 5 p.m. to tour the Powel House. The lecture will then be followed by a reception and book signing of A Portrait of Elizabeth Willing Powel (1743-1830). This event is cosponsored by the Powel House.
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Historical Society of Pennsylvania
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is one of the oldest historical societies and one of the largest family history libraries in the nation. Following a complete merger with the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, HSP is also a leading repository of immigrant and ethnic history. It is second only to the Library of Congress for material on the nation’s founding and is the country’s third most popular destination for genealogical study. With approximately 21 million records including manuscripts, graphics, and books that span over 350 years of history, HSP is an invaluable resource for historical research.
HSP serves thousands of on-site visitors each year. It also offers a research-by-mail service and extensive online resources, including a library catalog, finding aids, digital collection, and curricular materials. HSP hosts educator workshops and public programs, and publishes a quarterly scholarly journal. To learn more about HSP or to become a member, visit us at www.hsp.org.