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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: 

Wednesday, 4/27/16
Lecture/Panel Discussion

On April 27, join HSP and author Cokie Roberts to discuss her new book, Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868, as she explores the wives, sisters, and female friends of the men leading America into, and through, the Civil War.

As a result of the conflict, these “belles” of Washington society blossomed into suffragists, journalists, social activists, and philanthropists, engaging with the issues of the day on their own terms and transforming a sleepy Southern city into a place of power and action.

Thursday, 4/14/16
Teacher Workshop

This spring, HSP is partnering with the Drexel University College of Medicine Archives to explore medical practices throughout our history with a focus on women physicians’ struggles to gain acceptance. Join this workshop to uncover primary sources documenting the history of women in medicine as well as the medical practices of doctors from the Revolutionary War through World War I.

Wednesday, 4/6/16
Teacher Workshop

A Program for College Faculty and High School Teachers

Thursday, 3/31/16
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Considering Music in a Changing Church

John Fryer – disguised as Dr. Anonymous – urged doctors not to treat gays and lesbians as "sick."  But there was another man behind that mask: a devoted choir and organ master. In this program, we explore what church music meant to Fryer and how it evolves as society and culture change.  

Wednesday, 3/23/16
Lecture/Panel Discussion

From their disparate backgrounds, Philadelphia physicians S. Weir Mitchell, William W. Keen, and George R. Morehouse assembled one of the most unusual and important temporary hospital wards during the last year of the Civil War at Turner’s Lane in Philadelphia. The rehabilitative care afforded to 160 soldiers at Turner’s Lane, many of whom had been wounded at Gettysburg, provided an unparalleled opportunity to study diseases and wounds of the nerves, particularly peripheral nerve injuries.