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

These consultations are sold out. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any further questions, please contact Christopher Damiani at or 215-732-6200 x227. Thank You.

Wednesday, 10/1/14 1:00pm
Special Event

On Wednesday afternoons in October, professional genealogists from the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) will be available to discuss your research. These one-on-one consultations are designed for beginner and experienced genealogists alike: schedule a forty-five minute consultation to help get the answers you need, find your long lost ancestor, develop a research plan, or break through that brickwall research problem!

Areas of specialty vary.  Please select the date most appropriate to your research interests.

Tuesday, 10/14/14 12:30pm

Pennsylvania has long been known as the Keystone State, and not without cause. Its history and culture have been shaped by its place—geographically and otherwise. In conjunction with the Pennsylvania Historical Association annual meeting, HSP will display selections from its collections that look at Pennsylvania as a place, whether geographical, political, or imagined.

Saturday, 10/25/14 9:00am
Special Event

Come see the Genealogy Roadshow in Philadelphia! Meet professional genealogists, local genealogical societies, find out about DNA as a research tool, and have your questions answered by local family history professionals.

Part detective story, part emotional journey, the show uncovers fascinating stories of diverse Americans across the country. Each individual’s past links to a larger community history, revealing the rich cultural tapestry of America.

Tuesday, 10/28/14 4:30pm
Teacher Workshop

National History Day (NHD) is a great program to help students in grades 6-12 practice research and critical thinking skills, elements important to their future in the workplace and school.  This workshop is for teachers who have worked with the NHD program before as well as those who would like to learn about it for the first time. 

Wednesday, 10/29/14 6:00pm

Old buildings and places have their share of ghost stories and eerie tales. Come take a tour of HSP and listen to the stories of those who haunt our 100 year old building...if you dare! Space is limited so reserve your ticket today!

Wednesday, 10/29/14 6:00pm
Genealogy Workshop

The focus this evening will be on tips and techniques for using military record collections in genealogical research.  After an overview, experienced Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania volunteers will be available to provide advice individually on your specific research issue may research in library until 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, 11/8/14 9:00am
Teacher Workshop

HSP is excited to offer K12 teachers a reduced registration fee and Act 48 credit for attendance at Pennsylvania Historical Association's conference on "The Place of Pennsylvania."  Teachers may choose to attend two sessions on Saturday, November 8, out of the following six:

Monday, 11/10/14 3:00pm
Special Event

At the annual business meeting, HSP Board members and executive staff will report on the past year’s accomplishments, discuss plans for the future, and announce nominations for the Board of Councilors. This meeting is open to HSP members only. 

Tuesday, 11/11/14 12:30pm

Philadelphia has the second largest population of Irish-Americans in the country. From the founding of the nation, Irish immigrants and elements of their culture have integrated into our society. This display documents some of their experiences as the mostly rural population amalgamated into a growing urban city.

Tuesday, 11/11/14 6:30pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

During the mid 19th century, large numbers of Irish citizens made the perilous journey to America with the the hopes of escaping poverty, famine, and oppression. As thousands of immigrants made Philadelphia their home, they were met with religious and ethnic prejudices.  Moderated by Charlene Mires, professor of History at Rutgers-Camden, this panel of experts examines the challenges and issues faced by the Irish as they struggled to integrate into American society.  A reception and performance of traditional Irish music will follow.

Wednesday, 11/19/14 4:30pm
Teacher Workshop

Learn how to teach about immigration through the experiences of 19th century Irish Americans.  This workshop features a new cross-curricular lesson plan, “Exploring Anti-Irish Attitudes”. Participants will also receive a copy of the Irish American-themed issue of Pennsylvania Legacies. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, 12/3/14 6:00pm
Genealogy Workshop

Irish family history has always been described as difficult because of the absence of 19th century census data.  Professional genealogist Frank Southcott will look at the importance of basic family research in the United States and explore the various alternative resources to develop the Irish family in Ireland.  Ideas for how to approach the research in Ireland will be discussed.  Several actual family examples will be detailed.

Tuesday, 1/6/15 12:30pm

Take a look at penmanship throughout  United States history from original documents.  View items from HSP’s collection of quintessential penmen including John Hancock and Timothy Matlack. Long before the invention of the typewriter our Founding Fathers set up an entire government using only pen and paper. How did they do that? In this display we look, not only at examples of our Founders’ scripts,  but also the manuals and instruction books which taught more than a century of Americans  the art of fine penmanship.