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Please be sure to visit our recently launched blog "On Second Consideration..." to stay current on all the latest news from the House Archives. In addition to articles, fun facts, and historical profiles, be sure to stay tuned to learn preservation tips and basic archiving principles.

Recent Blogs

Winter 2018 Newsletter is Here!
2018-02-22
The House Archives publishes a newsletter four times a year which is made available online on the House Archives website.  The Newsletter has been published since 2007 and is one of the Archives primary outreach efforts.  This edition features a piece on the House's connection to "Groundhog Day" and a piece on our new e-book, Speakers of the Pennsylvania House .  Enjoy! Click here to view the Winter 2018 Newsletter!
John C. Asbury, Champion of Equal Rights
2018-02-16
To celebrate Black History Month, the House Archives is featuring stories on our blog that highlight the lives and accomplishments of African-American members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Rep. John C. Asbury John C. Asbury (R-Philadelphia County) served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1921-1924.  Born in Washington County in 1862, he attended Washington and Jefferson College and completed an LL.B. and an LL.M. from Howard University in Washington, DC.&nbs...
Deadline to Apply for Summer 2018 Internship Approaching Fast
2018-02-09
The deadline to apply for the PAID House Archives internship for the summer of 2018 is March 1.  Click here to see our internship brochure! The 13-week, paid internship, is a structured educational experience designed to provide hands-on, real-world experience that complements students' academic work. Interns work alongside professional archivists and research staff on both special projects and on-going programs. Interns' responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, arra...
Rep. Harry Bass and the Philadelphia Emancipation Exposition of 1913
2018-02-05
To celebrate Black History Month, the House Archives is featuring stories on our blog that highlight the lives and accomplishments of African-American members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Rep. Harry Bass, The Pittsburgh Press, 26 Jan. 1913, 11. Harry Bass was the first African-American elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. A Republican from Philadelphia County, he was first elected to serve in the 1911 term; reelected to serve in the 1913 term, he declined to ru...
The Groundhog Day Fire of 1897
2018-02-02
The fire at the "Hills Capitol", February 2, 1897 On the morning of February 2, 1897, Senator John C. Grady detected the smell of smoke in the Capitol. The House and Senate were both in session at that time. Senator Grady made two requests for pages to check the building for any indication of where the odor was located. Neither of them identified the whereabouts of the smoke. Approximately two hours later, President Pro Tempore Samuel J.M. McCarrell adjourned the Senate until 1:00 P.M.  Si...