Past Events

Saturday, 1/26/13
Teacher Workshop

Learn how to integrate the study of thrift—the ethic of hard work, savings, and generosity—into your classroom. This workshop, taught by Philadelphia school teacher Bernadette McHenry, will focus on the history of the American thrift movement and its relevance to today.

Monday, 12/3/12
Special Event

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania will undergo renovations to its building in the next few months. Our neighbors in the Washington Square West neighborhood are invited to attend an open house to tour the facility and learn more about HSP and our renovation plans.

There will be remarks from Kim Sajet, president and CEO of the Historical Society, at 5 p.m.

Thursday, 11/15/12
Lecture/Panel Discussion

The Historical Society recently acquired two new collections, including diaries of Philadelphia publisher Mathew Carey dating from 1828-1836 and more than 300 letters from Carey’s son, Henry Charles Carey. At this lecture, guests will learn more about the Carey family and these collections, one of the most significant additions to the Society’s archives in the past decade. The guest speaker will be James N. Green, librarian at the Library Company of Philadelphia. Followed by a reception and document viewing.

Monday, 11/12/12
Special Event

At the annual business meeting, HSP Board members and executive staff will report on the past year’s accomplishments, discuss plans for the future, and announce nominations for the Board of Councilors. This meeting is open to HSP members only.

If you cannot attend the meeting, you can view and sign your proxy online.


Thursday, 11/8/12
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Philadelphia’s Chinatown is a small but resilient community that has consistently overcome outside threats and remains an important cultural center for Asians around the region. Its story raises larger issues of citizenship and rights, the meaning of community, and the diversity that enriches our city.

Thursday, 11/1/12
Teacher Workshop

Attend this teacher workshop to find out about the unique offerings of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, including lesson plans and primary and secondary sources that will help you incorporate National History Day into your classroom throughout the year.

Friday, 10/19/12
Special Event

Join us for the first annual History Affiliates Awards Luncheon on October 19, 2012, at the Union League of Philadelphia! The luncheon will feature the History in Pennsylvania “HIP” Awards, which celebrate achievements at all-volunteer managed as well as small and mid-sized history and heritage organizations in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties by encouraging and fostering community interest and awareness of history.

Wednesday, 10/17/12
Genealogy Workshop

Learn how to identify and research Civil War soldiers (Union and Confederate) using records available online and at various repositories. The program will focus on the use of federal, state, and family records, and how to avoid common pitfalls. This workshop will be taught by Laura H. Congleton, a Brooklyn-based professional genealogist with more than 30 years experience in family history research.

Monday, 10/15/12
Teacher Workshop

Learn how Philadelphia’s Chinatown has evolved over time and its ongoing struggle to maintain its geographic and cultural integrity. This community offer lessons to understand the role of community organizing in social change and how social change happens. This teacher workshop will be taught by Debbie Wei, the director of the Office of Multilingual Curriculum and Programs in the School District of Philadelphia. Attendees will receive a copy of Pennsylvania Legacies.


Wednesday, 10/10/12
Genealogy Workshop

Trying to track down ancestors who didn’t leave much of a historical record? Genealogist Gerald Smith will teach you how to use city directories, military records, and more obscure sources that researchers may not be familiar with. Smith is a professional genealogist who specializes in Pennsylvania families prior to 1900 and has published numerous articles about Pennsylvania genealogy. This workshop is designed for intemediate level genealogists.

Wednesday, 10/3/12
Genealogy Workshop

Ever wondered how to get into the Daughters of the American Revolution? Or Mayflower Society? Or more obscure groups such as the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick? James M. Beidler, author of an award-winning weekly newspaper column on genealogy, will discuss the qualifications for various groups and the types of documentary proof needed to complete applications. Beidler is the former vice president for development for the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the former executive director of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.

Monday, 10/1/12

Each year, more than half a million students nationwide participate in National History Day, a unique program in which students choose a topic related to the annual theme, conduct primary and secondary research, and present their findings. Learn about the program, how to introduce it into your classroom, and NHD resources available in Philadelphia. Refreshments will be served.