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Tuesday, 9/27/16

Debates about immigration and citizenship have played a major role in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. To complement our fall publications, this document display will highlight some of HSP’s collections on immigrant cultures, communities, reception, and acculturation from the 1700s to the present day.

Wednesday, 9/7/16
Teacher Workshop

In conjunction with Temple University, HSP is excited to host a new series of interactive courses from Independence to Civil Rights. Teachers, expand your horizons with new stories and resources from the vaults of HSP through online lectures, webinars, and interactive discussions with expert panels. The course is designed around four modules and graduate credit is available.

Tuesday, 8/9/16

In conjunction with the opening of Philadelphia's Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, this display will explore the local history of Mormonism in the Greater Philadelphia Area.

Tuesday, 8/2/16

Take a walk through colonial and revolutionary Philadelphia with the man who knows the city just as well as he knew it two hundred and fifty years ago. Visit the places where Ben Franklin made a name for himself as a printer, inventor, and statesman, and hear about it firsthand with all the wit Ben is famous for. Come along with Ben to see the sights of historic Philadelphia, including the Liberty Bell, colonial Christ Church, and Independence Hall, and walk in the footsteps of the convicts Ben Franklin once hired to carry him there for the Constitutional Convention in 1787.

Thursday, 7/28/16
Special Event

On July 28th, join The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) and community partners for Latino Politics: Philadelphia and Puerto Rico, a free panel discussion exploring Latino political participation at the local, state, and national levels.

Friday, 7/22/16
Special Event

Behind no less than five sets of locks – both electronic and analog, including a 19th century bank vault door – rest some of the most treasured items in HSP’s collection of over 21 million manuscripts, graphics, and books. Until now. 

In celebration of the Democratic National Convention, join HSP for PoliticalFest, a one-of-a-kind festival celebrating political history, government and the road to the White House. On display will be HSP's most treasured items, never before displayed at the same time. 

Wednesday, 7/6/16
For more than 300 years, Philadelphia and India have been connected through trade and cultural exchange. Join HSP on Wednesday, July 6, from 4-8 p.m. for a traditional Indian art demonstration, exploring this connection through the work of two world-renowned artisans: 
Arun Pal, potter
Pal comes from a family of potters in a traditional potters’ village.
Wednesday, 6/15/16
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Philadelphia boasts one of the oldest, largest and most diverse park systems in the United States. Yet our parks receive scant attention in histories of lanpdscape design and city planning.  In “Counting Trees: The Search for Fairmount Park,” Elizabeth Milroy, author of The Grid and the River: Philadelphia’s Green Places, 1682-1876, will describe the development of Philadelhia’s urban parks in the two centuries after William Penn and Thomas Holme drew public squares on the seminal city plan.

Tuesday, 6/14/16

HSP's latest document display celebrates the Einstein Healthcare Network 150th anniversary this year, tracing its journey from a 22-bed hospital in West Philadelphia called the Jewish Hospital, to a comprehensive regional healthcare system and home of the largest independent academic medical centers in the area.

Wednesday, 5/18/16
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Philadelphia’s Chinatown, like many urban chinatowns, began in the late nineteenth century as a refuge for immigrant laborers and merchants in which to form a community to raise families and conduct business. But this enclave for expression, identity, and community is also the embodiment of historical legacies and personal and collective memories.

Thursday, 5/5/16
Special Event

1972: Dr. John Fryer dons an oversize tuxedo and rubber joke shop mask to become Dr. Henry Anonymous and confront the American Psychiatric Association with these words: “I am a homosexual, I am a psychiatrist.” 

Running May 5-7, 2016, at the Painted Bride Art Center217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous unearths three figures from Fryer's life; asking each to draw a portrait of the man behind the mask.

Tuesday, 5/3/16

Philadelphia is a city of scientific innovation and artistic expression, with communities bound together by ties of civic mindedness and public service. Throughout their 300-plus-year history Philadelphians have pioneered fields ranging from medicine to music. HSP’s latest document display explores the contributions of educator Helen Bailey, artist Paul Robeson, author Edgar Allan Poe, legislator Crystal Bird Fauset, and more. Philadelphia Luminaries includes photographs, artwork, manuscripts, printed materials, and ephemera from HSP’s collection of over 21 million items: