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, 12/13/16 12:40 pm

The 1763 Conestoga Massacre was the brutal murder of 21 Susquehannock men, women, and children by a vigilante group of Scotch-Irish frontiersmen from central Pennsylvania known as the Paxton Boys.

These frontiersmen and their families had settled on American Indian lands in violation of established agreements between the Quakers and various tribes. Several tribes raided frontier settlements in response to this encroachment and, in retaliation, the Paxton Boys attacked the Susquehannock, who they claimed had passed “secrets” to hostile groups.

Saturday, 2/11/17 9:00 am
Teacher Workshop

Join the National Constitution Center and HSP for a workshop devoted to understanding the history behind – and modern implications of – the 14th Amendment. The workshop highlights classroom-ready resources from both organizations and provides scholarly analysis of the 14th Amendment. The workshop will be held in the Bogle Chairman’s Room of the National Constitution Center. 

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Wednesday, 2/22/17 6:30 pm

In The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, character Christopher Boone is an eccentric and gifted young man who gains a deeper understanding of himself while solving a neighborhood mystery.

Central to the story is Christopher's discovery of a cache of old letters. Whether it’s uncovering family secrets or getting the dirt behind a historical rumor, primary sources often shed light on even the murkiest mysteries. Find out how to explore these materials in this interactive, hands-on workshop.

Wednesday, 3/1/17 2:30 pm

Foundations of Genealogy II is designed for researchers seeking to further develop and strengthen their genealogy skills. The 8-week class is the follow-up to Foundations of Genealogy I, a course offered in 2015 and 2016 at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP).

Saturday, 3/11/17 9:00 am
Special Event

Accompanying the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts’ (PAFA) current exhibition, this two-day symposium examines the creative contributions of American artists and citizens before, during and after the First World War. An afternoon collection tour with PAFA’s cultural partners will expand the conversation through a look at First World War-related collections from across the city. For more information and to register, visit

Wednesday, 3/15/17 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. 

Thursday, 3/23/17 6:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

An on-going conversation about the struggles and successes of immigrants throughout Philadelphia’s 300-plus-year history, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Becoming U.S. program series continues this spring with Becoming U.S. – Age and Assimilation.

Tuesday, 3/28/17 6:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

In 1817, Sarah Ralston, daughter of a Mayor of Philadelphia Mathew Clarkson and wife of merchant Robert Ralston brought together a group of philanthropic women with a goal of establishing a home for elderly women who had fallen on hard times namely indigent widows and older single women. Thus a path was established to do something about a problem which government was in no position to address—offer a caring  alternative to a particular older population of women in need.

Tuesday, 4/18/17 6:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Join Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève and other presenters in exploring the history of the special relationship between The Philadelphia Orchestra and the great Russian composer/pianist Sergie Rachmaninoff. Presented in conjunction with the Orchestra’s April 2017 Rachmaninoff Festival.

Monday, 7/31/17 8:30 am
Genealogy Workshop

Researching Family in Pennsylvania, a week-long genealogy course designed to explore and explain the records and repositories available to family historians researching ancestors in Pennsylvania, will take place at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) July 31 - August 4, 2017.