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Researching the History of Your Home

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Join us as genealogist Sara Dawson explores how to discover the stories your home has to tell.

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What's your home's story? If you live in an older home, have you ever thought about those that lived there before you? What about the evolution of your home's structure? Or do you have a curiosity about your home's sordid past? 

Researching homes is similar to researching your ancestors - on steroids. Join genealogist Sara Dawson as she discusses how to research older homes to discover the historical significance of the people, place, architecture, and events that happened there. These finds will also assist homeowners and associations applying for local, state, or national historic designations.

Speaker's Bio: As an expert genealogist, historian, impassioned researcher, and storyteller, Sara Dawson guides clients through the tangled webs and brick walls along the path to discover their connections to the past. For more information on Sara, see her website - Descent Detective.

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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 learning about our past.

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 Friend, visit us at www.hsp.org.


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