Past Events

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.

Wednesday, 4/15/15
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:

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
Thursday, 4/9/15
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.

Wednesday, 4/8/15
Lecture/Panel Discussion

When we look back, we cannot know ALL that happened. The historical record is rarely, if ever, complete. When we present history, we fill in the gaps, create the voices that spoke, the characters that lived. Are we creating fiction?  Have we made history un-true?  Or have we created a more layered truth greater than mere fact?

Wednesday, 4/1/15
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.

Thursday, 3/26/15
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.

Wednesday, 3/18/15
Genealogy Workshop

Much has been made of the potential of DNA testing to revolutionize how we research our family history. But how does it work? What can it reveal about our family? How does it complement traditional types of research? Learn about the three major test types - YDNA, mitochondrial (mtDNA) and the newest autosomal DNA testing - and see what each offers to the genealogist.

Tuesday, 3/17/15
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.

Thursday, 3/12/15
Special Event

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, 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.