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Wednesday, 11/15/17
Lecture/Panel Discussion

This program commemorates the 30th anniversary of the closing of Pennhurst State School and Hospital (November 1987), a state-funded and managed institution for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  In the age of eugenics, Pennhurst was imagined as a model facility, and a solution to the problem of hereditary 'feeblemindedness.'  Instead it became a nightmare institution where exploitation, abuse, and medical experimentation were commonplace.  Over eight decades (1908-1987), more than 10,600 citizens were incarcerated at Pennhurst. 

Wednesday, 11/15/17
Teacher Workshop

As part of our fall programming commemorating the 30th anniversary of the closing of Pennhurst State School and Hospital (November 1987), a state-funded and managed institution for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, HSP is offering a Teacher Workshop and educational resources. 

Tuesday, 11/7/17
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Join us for an exciting panel discussion on the art of political cartooning!

 

Political cartoons have played a vibrant role facilitating public dialogue throughout American history. From Benjamin Franklin’s “Join, or Die” snake to the widely syndicated Brother Jonathan character, cartoonists have used caricature and symbolism to capture the political and social climate they inhabited. This election night, join a panel discussion at HSP to learn more about this vivid history while checking out cartoons pulled from the HSP archives.

Wednesday, 11/1/17
Lecture/Panel Discussion

In this continuing series of conversations, we share across ethnicity, race, and citizenship status what it means to be an immigrant in Philadelphia.  Panelists begin the discussion about transition and settlement, and then audience members add their own accounts in an effort to create a much more nuanced understanding of what it means to “become” an American.  Refreshments are served following the program. This program is made possible through the generous support of the Connelly Foundation.

Monday, 10/30/17
Teacher Workshop

National History Day is a career and college readiness program for 6th to 12th graders. Come to the Kick-Off program hosted at HSP to learn how it helps students develop research, literacy, presentation, and critical thinking skills.  

Thursday, 10/26/17

Join us at a workshop to piece together a story of how an assassin from Wurttemburg, Germany shows up with U.S. troops during the Mexican –American War.  Anne Marie Ackerman, author of the recently released book Death of an Assassin, will share sources she found in German and American libraries as we all put on our detective hats to solve the mystery of archival research.  Discover how the U.S. military relied upon recent immigrants for its soldiers, the fascinating Siege of Veracruz, and even a link with the infamous General E. Lee.

Thursday, 10/26/17
Special Event

Presented by the Young Friends of HSP

Join the Young Friends of HSP for a one-night only pop-up exhibition that will feature marvels of science, feats of engineering, and speculative stories from Philadelphia’s past!

Enjoy local food and drink as you take in the sights of the best of HSP’s science and engineering collection.

Thursday, 10/26/17
Teacher Workshop

During this workshop just for teachers, we will examine various methods for incorporating primary sources into the classroom.   After a discussion of a variety of strategies, we will join in on a workshop to piece together a story of how an assassin from Wurttemburg, Germany shows up with U.S.

Friday, 10/20/17
Genealogy Workshop

The Cumberland County Historical Society (CCHS), the Army Heritage Center Foundation, the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau, Dickinson College, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania offer you the opportunity to explore your family history at Cumberland Pathways, October 20-22, 2017 in beautiful and historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  These institutions are home to unique archives and special collections.

Thursday, 10/19/17
Genealogy Workshop

Measuring Your Pennsylvania Ancestors: Using State and County Land Records is a five-module/week (10 hour) program designed for genealogists to explore the land records of Pennsylvania, understand the procedures used to distribute land, and how that distribution impacts modern day genealogical research.

Thursday, 10/19/17
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 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.

Monday, 10/16/17
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Carol Buck, History Curator at The State Museum of Pennsylvania and author of “Violet Oakley, American Artist, Modern Day Activist,”   will discuss the Red Rose Girls: Elizabeth Shippen Green (1871-1954), Jessie Willcox Smith (1863-1935), and Violet Oakley (1874-1961).  This group of artists became life-long friends, lived, worked and inspired one another and challenged the art world’s gender bias to become successful artists in their own right. Light refreshments will be served and original documents will be on display.


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