One of the favorite things about the mail is receiving the many historical and genealogical journals to which I subscribe. Today’s post brought a pleasant surprise. The January issue of The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (PMHB) is a very special issue. It was published in collaboration with Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies (PHJMS).
PMHB is the journal of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP). Located in Philadelphia, HSP is one of the oldest historical societies in America. It was founded in 1824, and now contains 600,000 printed works and more than 21 million manuscript and graphic items. PMHB is HSP’s scholarly journal, published quarterly since 1877. It publishes “original research or interpretation concerning the social, cultural, political, economic, and ethnic history of Pennsylvania, or work situating Pennsylvania history within comparative regional or international contexts.”
PHJMS is a publication of the Pennsylvania Historical Association (PHA), published in conjunction with the Pennsylvania State University Press. PHA was founded as a group for all historians interested in Pennsylvania, independent of any geographic or institutional affiliations. PHJMS publishes current scholarship on the history of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, including annotated documents.
Several years ago, the editors of the journals had the idea to do a joint publication. The PHJMS editor, Bill Pencak, quickly suggested that the focus be on teaching Pennsylvania history. PMHB editor Tamara Gaskell agreed, and the project was set in motion. This joint issue contains six very special articles by leading historians:
- “A Century of Teaching with Pennsylvania’s Historic Places” by Seth C. Bruggeman
- “Three Miles, Two Creeks: Local Pennsylvania History in the Classroom” by Edward Slavisbak
- “Pennsylvania’s Past from a Unique Perspective: Oral History” by Mary Carroll Johansen
- “Teaching the Religious History of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia” by R. Scott Hanson
- “An Authentic Archival Experience for the College Classroom in the Digital Age” by Kathryn Shively Meier and Kristen Yarmey
- “The Blood Demonstration: Teaching the History of the PHiladelphia Welfare Rights Organization” by Kim Gallon
This collaboration is an excellent idea. Not only does it promote excellent scholarship, it provides exposure of each organization’s membership to the benefits of the other. This may lead to increased membership for both groups.
Think about the organizations you belong to or know of. Are there any possibilities of a similar collaboration? Perhaps such a publication could promote greater awareness for both groups, but a greater understanding between the fields of history and genealogy.