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Tuesday, 6/20/17
Exhibit/Display

James Monroe became the fifth president of the United States in March, 1817. Three months later he embarked on a fifteen-week tour of the northern states, traveling up the east coast from Washington, DC to Portland, Maine; west to Detroit; and back to Washington via Ohio, western Pennsylvania, and Maryland, totaling some 2,000 miles. 

Wednesday, 5/31/17
Workshop

The experience of war is unique to those that lived through it, whether the individual served in uniform or remained on the home-front. One hundred years ago, the First World War represented a departure from previous conflicts; the scale of carnage led many to earnestly believe it to be “the war to end all wars.”

Wednesday, 5/24/17
Lecture/Panel Discussion

This April marks the centennial of American involvement in the First World War, a global conflagration that upended the established world order.

During the conflict, foreign-born soldiers represented nearly 1 out of 5 servicemen in the U.S. Army. This surge of Old World soldiers – from 46 different nations – challenged the culture of the American military, its linguistic and religious traditions, and required top brass to reconsider training methods.

Wednesday, 5/10/17

From the 1960s to the present, two-thirds of Pennsylvania’s population growth has been the result of Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Mexicans, and others moving to the Commonwealth.

In the 1960s, the vast majority of Latin@s lived in Philadelphia; today, as many live in the Pennsylvania Dutch region as in the City of Brotherly Love.

This is the most significant regional demographic change in more than a century, and it is one that is poorly understood by scholars and the public.

Saturday, 5/6/17
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Join Taller Puertorriqueño and author Dr. Victor Vazquez-Hernandez on May 6 as they present Before the Wave: Puerto Ricans in Philadelphia, 1910-1945. The program explores the social history of the genesis of the Puerto Rican community in Philadelphia with a special emphasis on the interwar years (1919-1941). Dr. Vazquez-Hernandez connects the community’s origins to the mass migration of the post-WW II years when Puerto Ricans consolidated their presence in Philadelphia (1945-1985).

Tuesday, 4/18/17
Lecture/Panel Discussion

This joint Historical Society of Pennsylvania/Philadelphia Orchestra program, entitled Rachmaninoff’s Philadelphia, is being presented in conjunction with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s April 2017 Rachmaninoff Festival. The program will explore the special relationship between the Philadelphia Orchestra and the great Russian composer/conductor/pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1843).

Tuesday, 4/11/17
Exhibit/Display

Between 1914 and 1918, much of the world squandered life and industry in a 500-mile trench gouged from Belgium’s North Sea coast to the Franco-Swiss border. The visual record of this conflict ranges widely, from patriotic propaganda to aerial photographs.

Saturday, 4/8/17
Special Event

On April 8th, the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) will host Where We Belong: Artists in the Archive, a day-long symposium bringing together artists, activists, academics, and archivists to explore ways to challenge the systematic erasure of stories of marginalized communities in America.

Tuesday, 3/28/17
Lecture/Panel Discussion

During this year's Women's History Month, celebrate the Ralston Center’s 200th anniversary with a free workshop on Tuesday, March 28 at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, 3/23/17
Lecture/Panel Discussion

For Becoming U.S. – Age and Assimilation, the second program in HSP's latest series, we wish to explore the many ways age and generational status affect immigration and assimilation experiences. 

Saturday, 3/11/17
Special Event

Accompanying the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts' current exhibition, this two-day symposium examines the creative contributions of American artists and citizens before, during, and after World War I.

Thursday, 3/9/17
Lecture/Panel Discussion

PHILADELPHIA, PA—Join the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) for a free workshop on March 9, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. exploring a new digital resource available for genealogists researching African American ancestors.

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