Public Speaker's Bureau

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania offers a variety of talks that highlight its collections. The talks are offered to all organizations, including schools, and can be presented at HSP or off-site. If you are interested in a speaker below, click on their highlighted name for a direct link to their e-mail address.

Lee Arnold:  

Research and Resources at the HSP
Library Director Lee Arnold, using case studies, will speak on the various ways researchers use the collections of HSP for historical and genealogical research.

Getting Started Doing Your Genealogy
Lee Arnold, HSP’s library director and a family historian, outlines the various approaches to getting started doing your genealogical research.

David Haugaard: 

Political Controversies during the Administration of Governor Sir William Keith, 1717-1726
Director of Research Services David Haugaard tells the story of the rise and fall of the flamboyant Pennsylvania governor, Sir William Keith. His strong support for the rights of Quakers, his advocacy of paper money, and his apparent sympathy for ordinary Pennsylvanians, made him a truly popular governor during most of his administration.

How to Add some Biography to your Genealogy
Haugaard uses examples from 18th century Pennsylvania sources to describe how genealogists can learn about the life, not just the vital statistics, of their ancestors.

Dr. Daniel Rolph:

Historian and Head of Reference Services, gives talks on the following subjects: 

Family folklore & genealogical research                           

The Civil War & HSP collections

The French and Indian War & HSP collections

The American Revolution & HSP collections

Author’s talk on My Brother’s Keeper: Union and Confederate Soldiers’ Acts of Mercy during the Civil War

Ghosts and supernatural or paranormal research at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania