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PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) is pleased to announce that Ann Gordon’s essay, “Getting History’s Words Right: Diaries of Emilie Davis,” which appeared in the April 2015 issue of The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (PMHB), has been awarded the Boydston Essay Prize by the Association for Documentary Editing.


Philadelphia, PA — The Board of Councilors of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) is pleased to announce that Dr. Charles T. Cullen has been appointed Interim President & CEO, effective August 1, 2016.


The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) and the Library Company of Philadelphia (LCP) jointly award approximately 25 one-month fellowships for research in residence in either or both collections during each academic year. Fellows hail from across the country and around the world, utilizing both institutions' collections in contemporary scholarship. 

HSP and LCP proudly welcome the August 2016 fellows:


Today marks the beginning of the 2016 Democratic National Convention. An estimated 60,000+ delegates, journalists, volunteers, and attendees are forecasted to visit Philadelphia this week. HSP is getting in the spirit with our FREE PoliticalFest exhibit, Latino Politics: Philadelphia and Puerto Rico program, new blog series, and more.



PHILADELPHIA, PA – The City of Birmingham will be a part of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia later this month with an exhibit titled, “Behind the Ballot: Fighting for the Right to Vote.” The exhibit will be hosted at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) as part of PoliticalFest.