Calendar

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, 1/13/15 12:30pm
Exhibit/Display

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.

Wednesday, 1/21/15 4:00pm
Special Event

On the third Wednesday of every month from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., 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! Space is limited, so reserve your consult today!

Tuesday, 2/3/15 6:00pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

An exploration of real-life letters, newspaper clippings and more from survivors of Japanese Internment in the context of the Philadelphia premiere of the play Hold These Truths. The event will kick off with a sneak peak of Hold These Truths, performed by local actor Makoto Hirano, a one-man show about the real life journey of Gordon Hirabayashi, the man who famously defied forcible removal and took his case all the way to the Supreme Court... twice!  This will be followed by a document display and discussion by Dr.

Wednesday, 2/4/15 6:30pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

For many of Pennsylvania’s early German-speaking settlers, handwriting was more than a communication tool.  It was also a component of religious devotion.  Highlighting objects in the HSP collection, this presentation by Doctoral student Alexander Lawrence Ames explores the complex relationship between Pennsylvania German spiritualism and the visual presentation of devotional texts. 

Due to unforseen circumstances, this event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Saturday, 2/7/15 9:30am
Teacher Workshop

This teacher workshop focuses Economic Engagement and Financial Literacy for students.  Teachers will receive historic resources and contemporary tools for teaching about the subjects as well as delight in a keynote address from the author of a new book about how schools taught these subjects in a hands-on manner.

Thursday, 2/12/15 6:00pm
Special Event

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, HSP has partnered with area institutions to host events based on Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. These four documentaries feature riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America. Events will focus on whether or not equality is ensured with the passage of new laws or amendments.

Thursday, 2/19/15 6:00pm
Special Event

Philadelphia actor Makoto Hirano gives voice to over thirty characters in a one-man tour-de-force performance about Gordon Hirabayashi. A college student who was simply looking for love and the American Dream, Gordon found himself confronted with the ultimate challenge to his freedom: the US government’s orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate people of Japanese ancestry during WWII. Gordon embarks on a profound and wild adventure in defense of our Constitution, discovering his Quaker faith, hitchhiking to prison, and taking his fight all the way to the Supreme Court.

Thursday, 2/26/15 6:00pm
Special Event

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, HSP has partnered with area institutions to host events based on Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. These four documentaries feature riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America. Events will focus on whether or not equality is ensured with the passage of new laws or amendments.

Saturday, 2/28/15 9:30am
Teacher Workshop

In the 1800s, Philadelphia was home to a vibrant African American community that stood at the center of antislavery and civil rights activism, before and after the Civil War.

Tuesday, 3/3/15 5:30pm
Special Event

Join us for an exclusive event featuring a reception at the studio of a prominent contemporary artist followed by a tour of a private collection of rare 18th-century Philadelphia furniture and 20th-century fine art. Space is extremely limited, and reservations are required. Further details on where the event will take place will be provided upon reservation. 

Friday, 3/6/15 9:00am
Gala

For many, history is personal. Whether a beginner or a seasoned genealogist, learn new ways to discover and celebrate your family history with a two-day conference on March 6 and 7. Hosted by HSP, one of the largest family history centers in the country with genealogical material from every state east of the Mississippi River, Family History Days will help take your genealogy research further than ever before. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

Wednesday, 3/11/15 6:00pm
Genealogy Workshop

Learn how to research your ancestors’ Revolutionary War military records.  Discover how to navigate some of the difficulties of researching at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.  In addition, techniques and strategies to conduct effective searches for these records both online and offline will be explored.

Thursday, 3/12/15 6:00pm
Special Event

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, HSP has partnered with area institutions to host events based on Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. These four documentaries feature riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America. Events will focus on whether or not equality is ensured with the passage of new laws or amendments.

Wednesday, 3/18/15 6:00pm
Genealogy Workshop

New to the idea that DNA can help with genealogy? Learn about the three major test types - YDNA, mitochondrial (mtDNA) and the newest autosomal DNA testing - and see what each offers to the genealogist.

Thursday, 3/26/15 6:00pm
Special Event

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, HSP has partnered with area institutions to host events based on Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. These four documentaries feature riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America. Events will focus on whether or not equality is ensured with the passage of new laws or amendments.

Wednesday, 4/8/15 6:30pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

What do we do when we do not know all the facts?  When we present history, we inevitably fill in the gaps, create the voices that spoke, the characters that lived. Historian Jane Kamensky, filmmaker Louis Massiah, and playwright Ain Gordon will lead a panel discussion about how historians and artists handle this predicament. “An Artist Embedded” programs are supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Wednesday, 4/15/15 6:00pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Journalist Peter Binzen and his son, Jonathan, will discuss their new book, Richardson Dilworth: The Last of the Bare Knuckled Aristocrats.  Binzen knew Dilworth well, covering him for many years as a reporter. A politician and liberal reformer, Richardson Dilworth served as mayor of Philadelphia from 1956-1962.  Among his many achievements, his vision for the city shaped much of what we recognize about Philadelphia today: Independence Mall, Society Hill, SEPTA, and the public park system. 

Tuesday, 4/28/15 4:30pm
Teacher Workshop

This teacher workshop discusses nineteenth-century scientific practice by women and girls that is often excluded from the traditional historical narrative. It offers new ways of teaching about gender as well as hands-on strategies for integrating humanities topics with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Documents will include primary materials and texts created by women, with the opportunity to learn how women made and used them. All participants will also receive HSP’s spring issue of Pennsylvania Legacies focused on the history of science. 

Wednesday, 5/13/15 6:30pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

As playwright Ain Gordon uncovers new stories about American struggles for “ liberty and freedom for all,”  we invite the public to learn more about African American women of the early 1800s who worked to end slavery, and to consider how this history illuminates our lives today.  “An Artist Embedded” programs are supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and will include a dramatic reading by Ain Gordon.

Sunday, 6/21/15 3:00pm
Teacher Institute

Applications are now being accepted for this new NEH-funded teacher workshop.  Cultures of Independence: Perspectives on Independence Hall and the Meaning of Freedom will raise awareness of how Independence Hall has been involved in the ongoing process of creating a nation and civic life, not just in the magical moment of July 1776.  During each day of  a week-long workshop, 36 teachers will be immersed in a process of discovering and developing strategies for teaching the ongoing history of the American independence

Sunday, 7/26/15 3:00pm
Teacher Institute

Applications are now being accepted for this new NEH-funded teacher workshop.  Cultures of Independence: Perspectives on Independence Hall and the Meaning of Freedom will raise awareness of how Independence Hall has been involved in the ongoing process of creating a nation and civic life, not just in the magical moment of July 1776.  During each day of  a week-long workshop, 36 teachers will be immersed in a process of discovering and developing strategies for teaching the ongoing history of the American independence