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.


Delve into the historical background of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and discuss the event’s continuing impact on American public memory with West Chester University's Dr. Robert Kodosky,...

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, 9/21/16 12:00 pm
Genealogy Workshop

This fall, 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.

Wednesday, 9/21/16 1:00 pm
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. 

Tuesday, 9/27/16 12:30 pm

Debates about immigration and citizenship have played a major role in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. To complement our fall publications, this document display will highlight some of HSP’s collections on immigrant cultures, communities, reception, and acculturation from the 1700s to the present day.

Tuesday, 11/1/16 12:30 pm

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, HSP will display a selection of letters, photographs, ephemera, and printed materials documenting Philadelphians’ varied reactions to event.

Saturday, 11/12/16 9:30 am
Teacher Workshop

The Second World War was about patriotism, community, and sacrifice for both the men and women abroad and those at home. With the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor this December, this workshop will discuss ways to incorporate the stories of Philadelphians during the war into classroom lesson plans.

Wednesday, 11/16/16 6:30 pm

Delve into the historical background of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and discuss the event’s continuing impact on American public memory with West Chester University's Dr. Robert Kodosky, Ph.D.

Saturday, 11/19/16 10:00 am
Teacher Workshop

Partnering with the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA), HSP is excited to host a teacher workshop that will focus on the impact of the First World War and the visual culture that the conflict inspired. The workshop will explore how the war affected individuals in the trenches, and at home. Participants will engage with art created by veterans, aerial photographs of the battlefield, and propaganda. The primary source documents will encourage educators to consider new ways of teaching as we approach the centennial of the United States' involvement in World War I.

Wednesday, 11/30/16 6:30 pm
Special Event

Utilizing the collections of the former Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, explore the complex – and changing – notions surrounding the concepts of “citizen,” “immigrant,” and “refugee,” with leaders from various ethnic backgrounds.

Wednesday, 3/1/17 2:30 pm

Foundations of Genealogy II is designed for researchers seeking to further develop and strengthen their genealogy skills. The 8-week class is the follow-up to Foundations of Genealogy I, a course offered in 2015 and 2016 at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP).

Foundations of Genealogy II will be held on Wednesdays from March 1st to April 19th from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. 

Instructors: Sydney F. Cruice Dixon, Sandra M. Hewlett CGSM,and Frank Southcott.

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