At the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Saturday, July 23, 2011

I spent the swelter of yesterday at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania—reeling through old Philadelphia newspapers, studying the 1860 Smedley's Atlas, reading the tiniest guidebook I've ever seen (it fit in the palm of my hand, had been produced for the representatives of a 19th century pharmaceutical conference), and finding (miraculously!) precisely what I'd come for.  Some of this was sheer good fortune.  Some (Smedley's Atlas) came at the suggestion of the extraordinarily knowledgeable people who staff HSP.  I am grateful.

A day of research is a gift.  It opens a story out and forward. 


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