Past Events

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.

Thursday, 9/27/12
Special Event

At this event, presented by the Young Friends of HSP, guests will trace the history of cocktails from the ubiquitous rum punch of the 17th century all the way to the flirtini of 2012. Guest speaker Joseph Carlin, native Philadelphian and author of the newly released Cocktails: A Global History, will educate you on everything from liquor to mixers to ice, including how to make a classic punch.

Sunday, 9/23/12
Special Event

Treasures Society and 1824 Legacy Society members and their guests are invited to a cocktail reception at the Chestnut Hill home of HSP President Kim Sajet. By invitation only.

Tuesday, 9/18/12

This September marks the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. The Historical Society has several versions of the Constitution, including the earliest surviving draft handwritten by Constitutional Convention delegate James Wilson and the first newspaper printing by The Pennsylvania Packet. HSP will display six original versions in its library, so visitors can see the evolution of this national treasure.

Thursday, 9/13/12
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Mrs. Goodfellow was a cook and confectioner who conducted cooking classes in her pastry shop in early 19th-century Philadelphia. Becky Diamond, author of Mrs. Goodfellow: The Story of America’s First Cooking School, will discuss what it was like to be a student under her tutelage and Philadelphia’s role as the premiere food city of its day. The lecture will be accompanied by a display of documents from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s collection, including several historic cookbooks.

Tuesday, 9/11/12
Special Event

Sheila Connolly is currently the author of two mystery series, the Orchard Mysteries and the Museum Mysteries, and she will soon be introducing the County Cork Mysteries set in Ireland. She is also a former staff member at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Connolly will lead a lively discussion about how real events and people inspired her first Museum Mystery novel Fundraising the Dead, which is set at the fictional Society for the Preservation of Pennsylvania Antiquities.