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Starting in mid-2017, Benson Memorial Library decided to expand its local history services by hiring its first full-time historian, Jessica Hilburn. Throughout her first year of employment, the library has been recognized for multiple major newsworthy accomplishments in the community....

Top 18 Interviews of PA Books To celebrate the contribution to preserving Pennsylvania’s history and culture by PA Books, the 18 favorites, including the 800th episode, will be available FREE of charge streaming on the PCN Select app or at this page until the end of March. PA...

Check out Unfolding History at Your Library on WebJunction.  This nationwide project from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, DC, is excavating the evidence for what was possible for Americans to have known about the Holocaust as it was happening...

Join InforPeople for a FREE webinar on Historypin on March 9 at 3:00pm and learn how you can engage your community with local history! At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will: Be able to identify what Historypin is and its role in helping to connect libraries...

PA Digital announces and invites you to a FREE webinar on the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). The DPLA holds great potential as a tool for research, teaching, and fun; it now provides free access to more than 14 million items, including historical photographs, letters,...

The National  Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is offering Common Heritage grants, which will support both the digitization of cultural heritage materials and the organization of public programming at community events that explore these materials as a window on a community’s...

Use of Primary Sources & Interface Searchability February 24th, Wednesday, 10am EST This 30-minute presentation will focus on the importance of using primary sources and how to locate those documents that will provide the best opportunities for reference librarians, faculty...