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, 4/22/14 12:30pm

HSP will have on display a selection of its most interesting and entertaining political cartoons, many produced by masters of American political cartooning. 

Thursday, 5/1/14 6:00pm

HSP will honor presidential historian and best-selling author Michael Beschloss with the Founder’s Award at its annual gala at The Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia.

Tuesday, 5/6/14 4:30pm
Teacher Workshop

Learn how to teach about American labor history at this workshop, led by Karalyn McGrorty-Derstine, HSP’s 2013 Beneficial NHD Teacher Fellow. 

Tuesday, 6/10/14 12:30pm


In commemoration of Flag Day and the bicentennial of the Star-Spangled Banner, HSP will display collection highlights relating to both of our national standards: the anthem and flag. This includes Key’s handwritten copy of the Star-Spangled Banner, one of only three in existence. 

Friday, 6/13/14 6:00pm
Special Event

Join the Young Friends for an evening of hors d’oeuvres and drinks from our friends at Tria Café and Narragansett Brewing Company on June 13 from 6 – 8 pm as we pay homage to Philadelphia’s own WWII Stage Door Canteen! Get in the spirit with a performance from the renowned Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus, then enjoy our collection of photos from the Stage Door Canteen, and purchase raffle tickets for $5 each - or $20 for 5 - for a chance to win prizes provided by local businesses and cultural attractions.

Thursday, 6/19/14 6:00pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

When the Civil War began, Emilie Davis , a twenty four year old free African American woman, was attending school and sewing clothes to support herself.  In her diaries, Emilie wrote short daily entries recounting events, both big and small.  Mixed in with the minutiae of Emilie’s everyday life are entries recounting African Americans’ celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation, nervous excitement during the battle of Gettysburg, and their collective mourning of President Lincoln.

Tuesday, 6/24/14 12:30pm

On the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, HSP will display the highlights of its war-related documents, including papers from army officers, war posters, photographs of home front activities, and letters describing wartime civilian life.