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

Friday, 2/3/17 12:00 pm

Here at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP), we care for more than 21 million documents. Our collections include books, letters, diaries, business records, photographs, newspapers, and large maps and graphics—like the beautiful illustration of Philadelphia’s eastern waterfront found in our newest diplay, "Make History Yours." This very rare graphic was once tattered, torn, and disintegrating.

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.

Sold out! Spots still remain for Researching Family in Pennsylvania.

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).

Thursday, 3/9/17 1:00 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

PHILADELPHIA, PA—Join the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) for a free workshop on March 9, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. exploring a new digital resource available for genealogists researching African American ancestors.

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

For Becoming U.S. – Age and Assimilation, the second program in HSP's latest series, we wish to explore the many ways age and generational status affect immigration and assimilation experiences. 

Tuesday, 3/28/17 6:00 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/conductor/pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff. Presented in conjunction with the Orchestra’s April 2017 Rachmaninoff Festival.

Wednesday, 5/10/17 6:30 pm

From the 1960s to the present, two thirds of Pennsylvania’s population growth has been the result of Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Mexicans, and others moving to the Commonwealth.  In the 1960s, the vast majority of Latinos lived in Philadelphia; today, as many live in the Pennsylvania Dutch region as in the region around the City of Brotherly Love.  This is the most significant regional demographic change in more than a century, and it is one that is poorly understood by scholars or the general public.  There roots of Latinos in Pennsylvania that go back to the American Revolution and the Ci

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.