Past Events

Saturday, 3/3/12

Join us for HSP Ancestry Day, a day to discover and celebrate your family history. This full day of workshops will help you start or hone your genealogical skills. Learn tips and tricks for navigating, the world’s largest family history website. Find out more about the genealogical holdings at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, one of the largest archives in the United States. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

Wednesday, 2/29/12
Teacher Workshop

The Gilded Age of the late 1800s is not typically recalled as an age of reform, though the Pendleton Civil Service Act was signed into law in 1883. This action to stem patronage in federal jobs was a response to the dramatic expansion in the size and scope of government. Reformers hoped its passage would initiate an era of civil service reforms at the state and local levels too, but Pennsylvania did not pass a comprehensive civil service reform law until 1941.

Wednesday, 2/22/12
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Tourism has become increasingly important to Greater Philadelphia’s economy, generating in one year 36 million visitors and $8 billion in economic impact, while supporting 83,000 jobs.

Wednesday, 2/15/12

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to make simple enclosures for paper artifacts including folders, boxes, and options for rolled storage.  A selection of commercial storage materials will be reviewed along with the decision-making process for choosing the right enclosures for a variety of artifacts. The speaker will be Anna Yates Krain, Senior Conservation Assistant at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts. Space is limited to 21 participants.

Thursday, 1/19/12
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Philadelphians have claimed the title “City of Firsts” for achievements such as the first hospital in America and the first municipal water system. This discussion focuses on innovation, especially in science and technology. Hosted at the Franklin Institute.

Wednesday, 1/11/12

Archivists, collections managers, librarians, curators, and other staff members involved in collections care must manage a variety of tasks, including implementation of collections management plans and policies, management of environmental controls and storage conditions, and provision for safe use and exhibition of collections. This program will provide participants with an overview of the preservation standards for the many aspects of collections care.

Thursday, 12/8/11
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Join us for a conversation about current events and the connected parallels, roots, and lessons from history. This discussion will be led by Jonathan Zimmerman, an historian affiliated with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and featured guest on “That’s History,” a biweekly radio segment coproduced by HSP and WHYY. Teachers may receive Act 48 credit.

Thursday, 11/17/11
Lecture/Panel Discussion

The Night of Terror recognizes the 33 suffragists who were arrested for nonviolent protest and were beaten in prison by guards on November 15, 1917. Meet at the New Century Trust (1307 Locust Street) for a discussion about this historic event and the women’s suffrage movement, and then gather at HSP for a look at some of our materials that document the history of women’s rights and a reception.  Teachers may receive Act 48 credit. Cosponsored by the New Century Trust and the Alice Paul Institute.

Wednesday, 11/16/11
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Ever wonder what food was like in Civil War–era Philadelphia? Guests will sample a few treats prepared by local food writer and cookbook author Jennifer Lindner McGlinn from Philadelphian Ellen M. Emlen’s 1865 cookbook as well as learn the fascinating story behind the cookbook. Other historic cookbooks from HSP’s collection, including ones owned by Martha Washington and Hannah Penn, will be on display. Teachers may receive Act 48 credit.

Wednesday, 11/9/11
Teacher Workshop

Presented in partnership with the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, this workshop will look at the rise of industry in Philadelphia in the 1800s and the people who made it happen. This workshop is open to teachers and pre-service students. Attendance qualifies for three hours of Act 48 credit.

Wednesday, 11/2/11
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation was neither the beginning nor the end of the emancipation process. Join us for a panel discussion to explore ideas of emancipation in the United States in the 19th century, before and after Lincoln. Teachers may receive Act 48 credit. Cosponsored by the Moonstone Arts Center.

Wednesday, 10/26/11

At this year's Haunted Tours, HSP is pleased to welcome spiritual medium, Marisa Liza Pell. Pell recently toured the Historical Society's 100-year-old building, and will discuss her findings and experiences. After Pell's presentation, guests will take a tour behind the scenes to hear about the ghosts that haunt HSP.