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Format: 2014-07-30
Format: 2014-07-30
Thursday, 6/26/14
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Join HSP and area institutions (American Philosophical Society, Chemical Heritage Foundation, College of Physicians, Library Company of Philadelphia, Swarthmore College, Villanova University) in commemorating the centennial of WWI with the launch of “Home Before the Leaves Fall: The Great War,” a digital resource highlighting little-known primary source materials from the Delaware Valley region.

Tuesday, 6/24/14
Exhibit/Display

On the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, HSP will display the highlights of its war-related documents, including papers from army officers, war posters, photographs of home front activities, and letters describing wartime civilian life. 

Thursday, 6/19/14
Lecture/Panel Discussion

When the Civil War began, Emilie Davis , a twenty four year old free African American woman, was attending school and sewing clothes to support herself.  In her diaries, Emilie wrote short daily entries recounting events, both big and small.  Mixed in with the minutiae of Emilie’s everyday life are entries recounting African Americans’ celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation, nervous excitement during the battle of Gettysburg, and their collective mourning of President Lincoln.

Saturday, 6/14/14
Gala

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is proud to be a National Audience Partner with the Smithsonian for Anthem for America. To give Philadelphia a leading voice in the “Song Heard Round the World”, the U.S. Army Voices will be leading group-sing of the national anthem at 4:00pm on Saturday, June 14, 2014, on the front lawn of the National Constitution Center.

Friday, 6/13/14
Special Event

Join the Young Friends for an evening of hors d’oeuvres and drinks from our friends at Tria Café and Narragansett Brewing Company on June 13 from 6 – 8 pm as we pay homage to Philadelphia’s own WWII Stage Door Canteen! Get in the spirit with a performance from the renowned Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus, then enjoy our collection of photos from the Stage Door Canteen, and purchase raffle tickets for $5 each - or $20 for 5 - for a chance to win prizes provided by local businesses and cultural attractions.

Tuesday, 6/10/14
Exhibit/Display

 

In commemoration of Flag Day and the bicentennial of the Star-Spangled Banner, HSP will display collection highlights relating to both of our national standards: the anthem and flag. This includes Key’s handwritten copy of the Star-Spangled Banner, one of only three in existence. 

Tuesday, 5/6/14
Teacher Workshop

Learn how to teach about American labor history at this workshop, led by Karalyn McGrorty-Derstine, HSP’s 2013 Beneficial NHD Teacher Fellow. 

Thursday, 5/1/14
Gala

HSP honored presidential historian and best-selling author Michael Beschloss with the Founder’s Award at its annual gala at The Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia.

Tuesday, 4/22/14
Exhibit/Display

HSP will have on display a selection of its most interesting and entertaining political cartoons, many produced by masters of American political cartooning. This display also includes a special same-day printing offer on selected political cartoons in-person at HSP's Front Desk!

Thursday, 4/3/14
Lecture/Panel Discussion

The Pythians black baseball team in Philadelphia had its first full season here in Philadelphia in 1867. The Pythians' story is about more than just baseball. Their games spawned social gatherings where players and their supporters discussed segregation and voting rights.

Wednesday, 3/26/14
Genealogy Workshop

Join us for two genealogy workshops, led by German American genealogy expert James M. Beidler.

Saturday, 3/15/14
Conference

Whether you are new to Ancestry.com or a longtime user, Ancestry Day is an event you don’t want to miss. This full day of classes will help you take your genealogy research further than ever before.