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To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment and the abolition of slavery, local cultural institutions will host screenings of clips from Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.




Pen to Paper: Handwriting in the Digital Age

Modern technology has dramatically altered the way we communicate. Email, texting, and social media have become for many the dominant mediums for exchanging information. As these technologies continue to develop, the ways in which we interact with and react to one another change as well.


Happy winter, everyone! 

As the seasons begin to change, HSP is gearing up for another slew of frosty months. Please consult our holiday hours if you are planning to visit our world-renowned special collections library. And travel safe!

During inclement weather, HSP will follow the School District of Philadelphia in determining early closings. A snow day for the schools will be a snow day for HSP. 

If you have any questions, please contact HSP at 215. 732. 6200


From presidential progeny to felonious forebears, family secrets are uncovered this fall across the U.S. in PBS’ surprise-filled second season of Genealogy Roadshow.  On October 25, 2014, the show will be visiting Philadelphia to film at HSP, and we hope you can join us!


HSP is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of Phase III of its Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR). 

HCI-PSAR is a three-phase project to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of the numerous small, primarily volunteer-run archival and manuscript repositories in the Philadelphia area, including local historical societies, small museums, historic sites, and other institutions.