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.


For those who think the current presidential election is a strange one, join HSP as we take a look back at the 1856 contest, perhaps the most consequential election in our nation’s history. There...

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, 9/21/16 12:00 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, 9/21/16 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. 

Tuesday, 9/27/16 12:30 pm

Debates about immigration and citizenship have played a major role in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. To complement our fall publications, this document display will highlight some of HSP’s collections on immigrant cultures, communities, reception, and acculturation from the 1700s to the present day.

Wednesday, 10/5/16 6:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

For those who think the current presidential election is a strange one, join HSP as we take a look back at the 1856 contest, perhaps the most consequential election in our nation’s history. There were two new parties: the Republicans and the Know-Nothings. The Republicans nominated a celebrity involved in land development with no elective experience, while the Know-Nothings had as their major party plank stopping immigration and even sending some immigrants back to their home country. The third party, the Democrats, nominated an old face with vast governmental experience.

Thursday, 10/6/16 4:00 pm
Teacher Workshop

The two-hour workshop will provide teachers with in-depth background on the rich history of Germantown, as represented by five exceptional historic and cultural museums. It will provide for teachers and students to explore this multicultural study of community history throughout the school year.

Monday, 10/17/16 4:30 pm
Teacher Workshop

National History Day (NHD) is a great program to help students in grades 6-12 practice research and critical thinking skills, elements important to their future in the workplace and school.  This workshop is for teachers who have worked with the NHD program before as well as those who would like to learn about it for the first time. 

Thursday, 10/20/16 6:30 pm

One of the prevalent themes found in early literature that focuses on the immigrant experience is that of assimilation and identity. Often, the reader is introduced to a main protagonist, who in his metaphorical journey from youth to adulthood, struggles with the beliefs and traditions of the old world, contradicting those of the new.  However, the struggle of identity is no longer limited to assimilation as it also highlights themes of race, gender, and sexuality.  

Wednesday, 10/26/16 6:30 pm
Genealogy Workshop

Google Earth is only one example of geographic information available. The internet contains several projects featuring spatial and historical data which can assist with genealogical research.

Led by genealogist Shamele Jordan, this workshop explores mobile apps, online projects, and map collections which provide land ownership and historical details overlaid on current maps.

Tuesday, 11/1/16 12:30 pm

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, HSP will display a selection of letters, photographs, ephemera, and printed materials documenting Philadelphians’ varied reactions to event.

Saturday, 11/12/16 9:30 am
Teacher Workshop

The Second World War was about patriotism, community, and sacrifice for both the men and women abroad and those at home. With the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor this December, this workshop will discuss ways to incorporate the stories of Philadelphians during the war into classroom lesson plans.

Wednesday, 11/16/16 6:30 pm

Delve into the historical background of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and discuss the event’s continuing impact on American public memory. The lecture will be followed by a workshop describing methods for preserving and sharing the letters, photographs, and other materials from the period.

Act 48 credit is available. FREE for educators that attend the November 12 Melding Media and Primary Sources workshop.

Saturday, 11/19/16 10:00 am
Teacher Workshop

Partnering with the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA), HSP is excited to host a teacher workshop that will focus on the impact of the First World War and the visual culture that the conflict inspired. The workshop will explore how the war affected individuals in the trenches, and at home. Participants will engage with art created by veterans, aerial photographs of the battlefield, and propaganda. The primary source documents will encourage educators to consider new ways of teaching as we approach the centennial of the United States' involvement in World War I.

Wednesday, 11/30/16 6:30 pm
Special Event

Utilizing the collections of the former Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, explore the complex – and changing – notions surrounding the concepts of “citizen,” “immigrant,” and “refugee,” with leaders from various ethnic backgrounds.

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 class is the follow-up to Foundations of Genealogy I, a course offered in 2015 and 2016 at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP). 

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