Past Events

Thursday, 11/19/15
Special Event

Something wicked this way comes when the Young Friends of HSP let their curiosities get the best of them. Join us for an evening that proves history is stranger (and creepier) than fiction! A one night pop-up display featuring our most ghoulish items, from Victorian photos of the dead to newspaper prints of the Philadelphia Massacre of 1866, will certainly give you goosebumps!  Our resident Supernaturalist Dr. Dan Rolph will be on hand for a beyond the grave excursion into the vaults of HSP. 

Wednesday, 11/18/15
Special Event

On November 18, discover one of the pioneers of the LGBT rights movement, Dr. John Fryer of Philadelphia – i.e. “Dr. Anonymous” – in this program combing performance and discussion. 

Wednesday, 11/11/15
Special Event

Join WHYY, PlanPhilly, and HSP for a peak into Philadelphia’s past and a look forward into the future.

Wednesday, 11/4/15
Teacher Workshop

Cartoons offer the viewer a variety of opinions based on the authors, often satirical, viewpoint. From anti-immigration to anti-slavery, adding visuals to your classroom allows students to make connections and understand the opinions of individuals who lived through the history they are studying.

Sunday, 10/18/15

As part of the city-wide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Annual Reminder Demonstrations for gay rights, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the William Way LGBT Center are collaborating on Fighting Back: Defending the LGBT Mind and Body in Pennsylvania, an LGBT health history conference on October 18th & 19th. 

Thursday, 10/15/15
Teacher Workshop

Co-sponsored  by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, this 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 resources (e.g., the Germantown Historical Society, museum educator-consultants, literature lists and websites) for teachers and students to explore this multicultural study of community history throughout the school year.

Wednesday, 10/14/15

In 1972, a disguised speaker – Dr. Anonymous – addressed the American Psychiatric Association (APA) regarding its classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder. Until this time, homosexual men and women were considered ill, with the APA's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual recommending "cures" including electro-shock therapy and lobotomy.

The following year, the APA removed the classification, the culmination of Dr. Anonymous' work as well as the efforts of protestors Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings. 

Tuesday, 10/13/15
Teacher Workshop

Teachers of 6th-12th graders are invited to the National History Day Philly Kick-Off on Tuesday, October 13 at HSP.  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. 

Wednesday, 10/7/15
Genealogy Workshop

Join us for an evening with The Legal Genealogist, Judy Russell, as she examines how Federal and State legal records can aid in the search for our ancestors. The evening begins with, “An Act for the Relief of Gregory Thomas and Others” – The Private Laws of the Federal and State Government, which discusses how many early and federal state laws were private laws written specifically for the benefit of individuals or families. These records can be a great find for genealogists. After a short break and some light refreshments, Ms.

Wednesday, 9/16/15
Special Event

On September 16, HSP will host an event to premier Politics in Graphic Detail:  Exploring History through Political Cartoons.  Over the course of the last two years, HSP has been working on this project, funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission's (NHPRC) Innovation in Archives and Documentary Editing program, intended to improve the image viewer that displays digitized materials from our collections.  This project, known as " Read More

Tuesday, 9/15/15
With the nation’s attention focused on Philadelphia this September for the convening of the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ visit, HSP explores the history of Pennsylvania’s Catholics in the newest document display and digital slideshow, Upon This Rock: A View of Catholicism in Philadelphia.
Spanning two centuries of Catholics’ experiences in the city and commonwealth, the display ranges from the first orphanage in Philadelphia, to the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the “Molly Maguires,” through the formation of the Holy Redeemer Chines
Tuesday, 8/4/15

From the 18th century manuscript recipes of colonial chefs to the published volumes of restaurateurs in the 20th century, HSP’s newest document display serves up history hot and fresh this summer. Strange ingredients, stranger recipes, and 200 year-old crumbs and kettle burns: Historic Cookbooks at HSP has something for every palette.