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

Consults are sold out for July and August. The next available date is in September. 

Wednesday, 9/20/17 1:00 pm
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. 

Wednesday, 9/27/17 2:30 pm
Genealogy Workshop

This fall, 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.

Wednesday, 9/27/17 6:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

On 27 September, James Thompson, author of Painting America’s Portrait – How Illustrators Created America, will present a program about Philadelphia artist George Matthews Harding. Harding studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art and with Howard Pyle in Chadds Form and Wilmington before launching his career as an illustrator, which he did in 1904.

Tuesday, 10/3/17 10:00 am

To coincide with the dedication of a historic marker commemorating the work of Dr. John Fryer, HSP will have original documents on display from the Fryer collection.  The dedication will take place on Tuesday, October 3rd, at 12:30 p.m. on the northeast corner of 13th and Locust streets, diagonally across from HSP. The documents will be available to view from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. 

Thursday, 10/5/17 6:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

People across the nation are raising questions of who should be commemorated with monuments and the meanings of these monuments to different groups of people and at different times in history.  Here in Philadelphia, the Rizzo statue has been at the nexus of discussion and protest, but there are many conversations to have about appropriateness - from William Penn and George Washington to Columbus and Octavius Catto. 

Tuesday, 10/10/17 12:30 pm

In this document display, see historic sources paired with contemporary artistic translations that speak to how college students today consider issues around immigration.  Seniors from the Visual Studies Department at Tyler School of Art studied a variety of kinds of sources from HSP’s collections – scrapbooks, journals, letters, flyers and pamphlets – to learn about experiences of immigrants and citizens in the U.S. from the early 1800s through the late 1900s.  The students then created responses in a variety of media that melded the historic with contemporary concerns. 

Monday, 10/16/17 6:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Carol Buck, History Curator at The State Museum of Pennsylvania and author of “Violet Oakley, American Artist, Modern Day Activist,”   will discuss the Red Rose Girls: Elizabeth Shippen Green (1871-1954), Jessie Willcox Smith (1863-1935), and Violet Oakley (1874-1961).  This group of artists became life-long friends, lived, worked and inspired one another and challenged the art world’s gender bias to become successful artists in their own right. Light refreshments will be served and original documents will be on display.

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Thursday, 10/19/17 1:00 pm
Genealogy Workshop

Measuring Your Pennsylvania Ancestors: Using State and County Land Records is a five-module/week (10 hour) program designed for genealogists to explore the land records of Pennsylvania, understand the procedures used to distribute land, and how that distribution impacts modern day genealogical research.

Friday, 10/20/17 1:00 pm
Genealogy Workshop

The Cumberland County Historical Society (CCHS), the Army Heritage Center Foundation, the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau, Dickinson College, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania offer you the opportunity to explore your family history at Cumberland Pathways, October 20-22, 2017 in beautiful and historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  These institutions are home to unique archives and special collections.

Thursday, 10/26/17 6:30 pm

Join us at a workshop to piece together a story of how an assignation in Wurttemburg, Germany in the 19th century is linked to General Robert E. Lee.  Anne Marie Ackerman, author of the recently released book Death of an Assassin, will share sources she found in German and American libraries as we all put on our detective hats to solve the mystery of archival research.

Monday, 10/30/17 4:30 pm
Teacher Workshop

National History Day is a career and college readiness program for 6th to 12th graders. Come to the Kick-Off program hosted at HSP to learn how it helps students develop research, literacy, presentation, and critical thinking skills.  

Wednesday, 11/1/17 6:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

In this continuing series of conversations, we share across ethnicity, race, and citizenship status what it means to be an immigrant in Philadelphia.  Panelists begin the discussion about transition and settlement, and then audience members add their own accounts in an effort to create a much more nuanced understanding of what it means to “become” an American.  Refreshments are served following the program. This program is made possible through the generous support of the Connelly Foundation.

Wednesday, 11/15/17 6:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

This program commemorates the 30th anniversary of the closing of Pennhurst State School and Hospital (November 1987), a state-funded and managed institution for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  In the age of eugenics, Pennhurst was imagined as a model facility, and a solution to the problem of hereditary 'feeblemindedness.'  Instead it became a nightmare institution where exploitation, abuse, and medical experimentation were commonplace.  Over eight decades (1908-1987), more than 10,600 citizens were incarcerated at Pennhurst.