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.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, 1/12/16 12:00am

Threading together centuries of trends and tastes, Fashion: “The Fastest Moving, Most Fragile, and Fickle Fleeting Business” explores the many ways fashion is marketed and promoted, from French fashion plates to American window displays. Free and open to the public. 

Due to the Family History Days conference, we are pleased to add additional times and dates for consults.  Consults will be held on Wednesday, March 16  at 10:00, 1:00, 3:00, and 5:00 p.m., and Thursday, March 17 at 10:00, 1:00, 2:30, and 4:00 p.m. To register for either of these dates, please click this link. 

Wednesday, 1/20/16 1:00pm
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, 2/16/16 12:00am

Surveying more than two centuries of Philadelphia’s music history, Memories & Melodies amplifies the sounds of the city’s past through the records of its famed composers, little-known musicians, and vaunted venues. 

Wednesday, 2/17/16 6:00pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Philadelphia has an extraordinarily rich and important musical history. From the late eighteenth century, when it was the political and cultural capital of the American colonies, to the present, the city has nurtured numerous ground breaking musical styles and artists and been at the forefront of some of the world’s most significant musical developments. Music historian Jack McCarthy explores some of the highlights of Philadelphia music over the course of the city’s 330+ year history.

Thursday, 2/25/16 6:30pm
Special Event

Get loud in the library this February with Swingin' at the Society as HSP transforms from a shushed library into a raucous dance hall. Dance the night away as the sounds of Jazz Age America fill HSP's halls with tunes from the Philadelphia-based band Bitters & Rye

Wednesday, 3/2/16 6:00pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Music has been used both as a vehicle for reform and repression during the pursuits of American ethnic and racial justice. Using historical sheet music, broadsides from local theaters, and musical recordings & performances, HSP explores the various ways Philadelphia popular culture has depicted American ethnic groups throughout the past two centuries with Sights & Sounds of our Multiethnic Past.

Tuesday, 3/8/16 6:30pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Almost 100 years to the day, the Philadelphia Orchestra performed the U.S. premier of Mahler's Symphony No. 8.  Join us for a panel discussion including historian Jack McCarthy and the Orchestra's Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin that explores the intimate connection between the “Symphony of a Thousand” and the international emergence of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Tuesday, 3/15/16 12:00am

Over the past year, HSP’s Digital Services staff created several new databases for genealogists and family historians, making previously-inaccessible information available online for researchers. The display will include collection materials featured in the new databases. 

Friday, 3/18/16 12:00am
Special Event

Whether you are new to genealogy or a seasoned researcher, find your story at HSP this spring with Family History Days.

On March 18 & 19, HSP is bringing together certified genealogists and family history professionals from around the world for the mid-Atlantic’s largest genealogy festival, featuring two days of presentations and workshops.

Wednesday, 3/23/16 6:00pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

From their disparate backgrounds, Philadelphia physicians S. Weir Mitchell, William W. Keen, and George R. Morehouse assembled one of the most unusual and important temporary hospital wards during the last year of the Civil War at Turner’s Lane in Philadelphia. The rehabilitative care afforded to 160 soldiers at Turner’s Lane, many of whom had been wounded at Gettysburg, provided an unparalleled opportunity to study diseases and wounds of the nerves, particularly peripheral nerve injuries.

Thursday, 3/31/16 6:30pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

John Fryer – disguised as Dr. Anonymous - urged doctors not to treat gays and lesbians as "sick."  But there was another man behind that mask:  a devoted choir and organ master.  Be the first to hear a newly digitized recording found in his collection as we explore what church music meant to him and how it evolves as society and culture change.

Wednesday, 4/6/16 2:30pm
Genealogy Workshop

This spring, 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.

Thursday, 4/14/16 4:30pm
Teacher Workshop

This spring, HSP is partnering with the Drexel University College of Medicine Archives to explore medical practices throughout our history with a focus on women physicians’ struggles to gain acceptance. Join this workshop to uncover primary sources documenting the history of women in medicine as well as the medical practices of doctors from the Revolutionary War through World War I.

Wednesday, 4/27/16 6:00pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

In her new book, Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868 author Cokie Roberts zeroes in on the wives, sisters, and female friends of the men leading America into, and through, this unprecedented conflict. Because of the war, these “belles” of Washington society blossomed into suffragists, journalists, social activists, and philanthropists, engaging with the issues of the day on their own terms and, along with the women who worked in and influenced the government, transformed a sleepy, social Southern city into a place of power and action.