Calendar

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

Wednesday, 4/15/15 4:00pm
Special Event

On the third Wednesday of every month from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., professional genealogists from the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) will be available to discuss your family history research. These one-on-one consultations are designed for beginner and experienced genealogists alike. Schedule a forty-five minute session to:

Tuesday, 3/17/15 12:30pm
Exhibit/Display

1865 was a pivotal year in American history. With the end of the Civil War, Lincoln’s assassination, and the beginning of Reconstruction, politics were forever changed. 

Lives were changed, too. In this display, we showcase eye-witness accounts of these major events, including letters of soldiers present at General Lee's surrender and the diary of the conductor responsible for President Lincoln's funeral train.

Wednesday, 4/1/15 6:00pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

This April marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. After four years of bloody conflict and over 620,000 casualties, the long process of healing and reconciliation could begin. As soldiers returned home, and a people made free, many sought to create a better, stronger Union. Join HSP and the re-enactors of the Confederation of Union Generals to explore the stories of those who fought, deliberated, and struggled so that our nation would survive. This program will be followed by a reception.

Wednesday, 4/8/15 6:30pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

What do we do when we do not know all the facts?  When we present history, we inevitably fill in the gaps, create the voices that spoke, the characters that lived. Historian Jane Kamensky, filmmaker Louis Massiah, and playwright Ain Gordon will lead a panel discussion about how historians and artists handle this predicament. “An Artist Embedded” programs are supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Thursday, 4/9/15 6:00pm
Special Event

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, HSP has partnered with area institutions to host events based on Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. These four documentaries feature riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America. Events will focus on whether or not equality is ensured with the passage of new laws or amendments.

Thursday, 4/9/15 6:30pm
Special Event
The Young Friends of HSP wholeheartedly agree with President Thomas Jefferson’s sentiment: “Beer, if drunk in moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit and promotes health.” Join us for an evening of exploring beer throughout US history, from 200 year-old recipes to mid-century advertisements to the brews of today!
 
Guests will enjoy a scavenger hunt, hors d’oeuvres, and of course, beer provided by Crooked Eye Brewery.
 
Prizes will be awarded for the scavenge
Tuesday, 4/14/15 6:00pm
Special Event

Join members of the Treasures Society and the 1824 Legacy Society for a lecture and document display featuring treasured items from HSP's large number of resources relating to the Jewish community in Philadelphia and beyond.

Wednesday, 4/15/15 6:00pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Journalist Peter Binzen and his son, Jonathan, will discuss their new book, Richardson Dilworth: The Last of the Bare Knuckled Aristocrats.  Binzen knew Dilworth well, covering him for many years as a reporter. A politician and liberal reformer, Richardson Dilworth served as mayor of Philadelphia from 1956-1962.  Among his many achievements, his vision for the city shaped much of what we recognize about Philadelphia today: Independence Mall, Society Hill, SEPTA, and the public park system.

Tuesday, 4/28/15 4:30pm
Teacher Workshop

It wasn’t just men that were shaping scientific practices in the 19th century; women had a big impact, too! Discover how these savvy ladies’ handmade herbaria and school books influenced scientific thinking over a hundred years ago. Learn new ways to replicate their experiments and see some unique items from the Historical Society’s collections. Documents will include ready-made lesson plans, primary source materials, and texts, some created by women, with the opportunity to learn how they were used and why they are still important today.

Wednesday, 5/13/15 6:30pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

As playwright Ain Gordon uncovers new stories about American struggles for “ liberty and freedom for all,”  we invite the public to learn more about African American women of the early 1800s who worked to end slavery, and to consider how this history illuminates our lives today.  “An Artist Embedded” programs are supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and will include a dramatic reading by Ain Gordon.

Wednesday, 6/3/15 6:30pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. For our June program, Ain Gordon explores an earlier protest, Philadelphia’s 1965 Annual Reminder picket, one of the first gay rights demonstrations in the country. Bob Skiba, archivist at the John J. Wilcox Jr. LGBT Archives, will discuss Reminder Day and the early Homophile movement with Ain Gordon and several of the protests’ participants.

Sunday, 6/21/15 3:00pm
Teacher Institute

Applications are now being accepted for this new NEH-funded teacher workshop.  Cultures of Independence: Perspectives on Independence Hall and the Meaning of Freedom will raise awareness of how Independence Hall has been involved in the ongoing process of creating a nation and civic life, not just in the magical moment of July 1776.  During each day of  a week-long workshop, 36 teachers will be immersed in a process of discovering and developing strategies for teaching the ongoing history of the American independence

Sunday, 7/26/15 3:00pm
Teacher Institute

Applications are now being accepted for this new NEH-funded teacher workshop.  Cultures of Independence: Perspectives on Independence Hall and the Meaning of Freedom will raise awareness of how Independence Hall has been involved in the ongoing process of creating a nation and civic life, not just in the magical moment of July 1776.  During each day of  a week-long workshop, 36 teachers will be immersed in a process of discovering and developing strategies for teaching the ongoing history of the American independence