Calendar

HSP holds a variety of events throughout the year, including genealogy workshops, lectures and panel discussions, tours, and teacher workshops. Events are held at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania at 1300 Locust Street in Philadelphia unless noted otherwise.

Highlighted

1972: Dr. John Fryer dons an oversize tuxedo and rubber joke shop mask to become Dr. Henry Anonymous and confront the American Psychiatric Association with these words: “I am a homosexual, I am a psychiatrist.” 

Running May 5-7, 2016...

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, 1/20/16 1:00pm
Special Event

On the third Wednesday of every month at 1:00, 3:00, and 5:00 p.m., professional genealogists from the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) will be available to help take your family history research to the next level. These one-on-one consultations are designed for beginner and experienced genealogists alike. 

The spring 2016 Foundations of Genealogy course is sold out. Interested in more genealogy education? Check out this August's Researching Family in Pennsylvania!

Wednesday, 4/6/16 2:30pm
Genealogy Workshop

This spring, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania in partnership with professional genealogist Sydney F. Cruice Dixon will host Foundations of Genealogy: Getting Started and Doing It Right the First Time, an 8-week course for family historians and genealogists seeking to become more effective and efficient researchers.

Thursday, 5/5/16 12:00am
Special Event

1972: Dr. John Fryer dons an oversize tuxedo and rubber joke shop mask to become Dr. Henry Anonymous and confront the American Psychiatric Association with these words: “I am a homosexual, I am a psychiatrist.” 

Running May 5-7, 2016, at the Painted Bride Art Center217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous unearths three figures from Fryer's life; asking each to draw a portrait of the man behind the mask.

Wednesday, 5/11/16 1:00pm
Genealogy Workshop

Bring your lunch and we'll bring dessert to this genealogy workshop by Dr. Michael Lacopo.  A number of case studies (including several with a German-American focus) will be presented showing lesser-utilized research tactics, repositories and resources used to find information about our Pennsylvania ancestors.  This workshop is for beginners and experienced genealogists alike!

Wednesday, 5/18/16 6:00pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Philadelphia’s Chinatown, like many urban Chinatowns, began in the late nineteenth century as a refuge for immigrant laborers and merchants in which to form a community to raise families and conduct business. But this enclave for expression, identity, and community is also the embodiment of historical legacies and personal and collective memories.

Wednesday, 6/15/16 6:00pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Philadelphia boasts one of the oldest, largest and most diverse park systems in the United States. Yet our parks receive scant attention in histories of landscape design and city planning.  In “Counting Trees: The Search for Fairmount Park,” Elizabeth Milroy, author of The Grid and the River: Philadelphia’s Green Places, 1682-1876, will describe the development of Philadelphia’s urban parks in the two centuries after William Penn and Thomas Holme drew public squares on the seminal city plan.

Monday, 8/1/16 8:15am
Genealogy Workshop

Researching Family in Pennsylvania, a week-long genealogy course designed to explore and explain the records and repositories available to family historians researching ancestors in Pennsylvania, will take place at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) August 1 – 5, 2016.