Young Friends

The Young Friends of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is a group of young adults between the ages of 21 and 45 who share a common appreciation for history. Through a variety of social and educational events, the Young Friends make history fun and relevant in today’s world. To join the Young Friends mailing list, e-mail your contact information to Bethany Chisholm at bchisholm@hsp.org 

Why join the Young Friends?

  • Enjoy access to historic documents and records
  • Attend fun, exclusive events
  • Meet new friends who share your interests
  • Support the Historical Society of Pennsylvania through fund raising for the Adopt-a-Collection program (more information below)

Save the Date!

‘Staches and Spirits Party

Thursday, October 16, 2014

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Brush, tease, and apply the pomade for a party all about hair! Guests will enjoy an evening of hors d’oeuvres, raffle prizes, a whiskey tasting from WhistlePig Whiskey, and an exclusive, one-night document display showing some of the best hairstyles through the centuries.


Making a Difference: The Adopt-a-Collection Program

The Young Friends of HSP know how to have a good time, but they are also dedicated to making a difference at the Society and the history community at large. The Young Friends have raised over $6,400 to date and adopted four important collections. This year the Young Friends raised money to adopt the The Balch Institute of Ethnic Images in Advertising Collection, which funded the collection's conservation and organization. Through their efforts these collections will become more accessible to the public. If you are interested in contributing to this important cause, please call Bethany Chisholm at 215-732-6200 ext. 243 or e-mail bchisholm@hsp.org or


Balch Institute of Ethnic Images in Advertising Collection 

ADOPTED ON 11/21/13!

This collection features ethnic respresentation within American advertisements from the late 1890's to 1999. Spanning the decades, it is a fascinating tool for deciphering national sentiment on race, gender, and commercial consumerism through the years. The collection includes advertisements for alcoholic beverages, beauty products, automobiles, household appliances, and much more. 

 

The Trade Card Collection

ADOPTED ON 9/27/12!

These trade cards come from a wide variety of 19th- and early 20th-century businesses--from hat makers to soda companies to dry goods stores and blacksmiths. Some are simple and black and white, while others are colorful and decorative.