Past Events

Tuesday, 6/23/15
Exhibit/Display

Independence Hall stands as one of our nation's most recognizable landmarks. In popular memory, the former Pennsylvania state house is intricately woven into the early fabric of our country and our city. As a symbol of justice, equality, and freedom, only the national flag is more familiar to Americans.

Sunday, 6/21/15
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

Wednesday, 6/17/15
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:

Monday, 6/15/15
Special Event
Get a taste of history’s favorite vintages! From the wine toasted after the signing of the Declaration of Independence to blends favored by modern-day presidents, guests will enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a unique blend of four different wines to taste, accompanied by a lively lecture from Vicki Miller of Vinocity exploring the history and revelance of each.
Wednesday, 6/3/15
Lecture/Panel Discussion

On July 4, 1965, 7 women and 33 men picketed in front of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall.  On the very spot where Americans first asserted their rights and liberties, this small group of activists demanded equality for gays and lesbians. From these humble beginnings would emerge the Annual Reminder picket, one of the first organized gay rights demonstrations in the country.

Wednesday, 5/13/15
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Freedom and liberty – How are they defined and for whom are they granted?

Tuesday, 5/12/15
Exhibit/Display

Recognizing the achievements of women in all facets of life – science, government, literature, and art – HSP’s newest document display showcases exceptional women from our collection.

From the “First Female Governor” Hannah Penn, through the experiences of Sumiko Kobayahsi and other Japanese-Americans interned during the Second World War, Exceptional Women in Pennsylvania encourages discovering stories about our mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers to help us better understand their lives, the challenges they faced, and ultimately, ourselves.

Tuesday, 4/28/15
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, 4/22/15
Exhibit/Display

Much of what we consider “history” focuses on mankind, leaving the study of the natural world to “science”.  But our understanding of the universe has changed drastically over time, and what we consider “science” has changed with it.

Wednesday, 4/15/15
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, 4/14/15
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.

Thursday, 4/9/15
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