Past Events

Thursday, 10/15/15
Teacher Workshop

Co-sponsored  by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, this two hour workshop will provide teachers with in-depth background on the rich history of Germantown, as represented by five exceptional historic and cultural museums. It will provide resources (e.g., the Germantown Historical Society, museum educator-consultants, literature lists and websites) for teachers and students to explore this multicultural study of community history throughout the school year.

Wednesday, 10/14/15
Exhibit/Display

In 1972, a disguised speaker – Dr. Anonymous – addressed the American Psychiatric Association (APA) regarding its classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder. Until this time, homosexual men and women were considered ill, with the APA's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual recommending "cures" including electro-shock therapy and lobotomy.

The following year, the APA removed the classification, the culmination of Dr. Anonymous' work as well as the efforts of protestors Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings. 

Tuesday, 10/13/15
Teacher Workshop

Teachers of 6th-12th graders are invited to the National History Day Philly Kick-Off on Tuesday, October 13 at HSP.  National History Day (NHD) is a great program to help students in grades 6-12 practice research and critical thinking skills, elements important to their future in the workplace and school.  This workshop is for teachers who have worked with the NHD program before as well as those who would like to learn about it for the first time. 

Wednesday, 10/7/15
Genealogy Workshop

Join us for an evening with The Legal Genealogist, Judy Russell, as she examines how Federal and State legal records can aid in the search for our ancestors. The evening begins with, “An Act for the Relief of Gregory Thomas and Others” – The Private Laws of the Federal and State Government, which discusses how many early and federal state laws were private laws written specifically for the benefit of individuals or families. These records can be a great find for genealogists. After a short break and some light refreshments, Ms.

Wednesday, 9/16/15
Special Event

On September 16, HSP will host an event to premier Politics in Graphic Detail:  Exploring History through Political Cartoons.  Over the course of the last two years, HSP has been working on this project, funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission's (NHPRC) Innovation in Archives and Documentary Editing program, intended to improve the image viewer that displays digitized materials from our collections.  This project, known as " Read More

Tuesday, 9/15/15
Exhibit/Display
With the nation’s attention focused on Philadelphia this September for the convening of the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ visit, HSP explores the history of Pennsylvania’s Catholics in the newest document display and digital slideshow, Upon This Rock: A View of Catholicism in Philadelphia.
 
Spanning two centuries of Catholics’ experiences in the city and commonwealth, the display ranges from the first orphanage in Philadelphia, to the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the “Molly Maguires,” through the formation of the Holy Redeemer Chines
Monday, 8/24/15
Tour

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.

The roster of items kept in HSP's most secure vault – such as many of our country’s founding documents  – reads like a list of materials viewable only through bullet-proof glass.

Tuesday, 8/4/15
Exhibit/Display

From the 18th century manuscript recipes of colonial chefs to the published volumes of restaurateurs in the 20th century, HSP’s newest document display serves up history hot and fresh this summer. Strange ingredients, stranger recipes, and 200 year-old crumbs and kettle burns: Historic Cookbooks at HSP has something for every palette.

Sunday, 7/26/15
Teacher Institute

Applications are now being accepted for this new NEH-funded teacher workshop.  Cultures of Independence: Perspectives on Independence Hall and the Meaning of Freedom will raise awareness of how Independence Hall has been involved in the ongoing process of creating a nation and civic life, not just in the magical moment of July 1776.  During each day of  a week-long workshop, 36 teachers will be immersed in a process of discovering and developing strategies for teaching the ongoing history of the American independence

Tuesday, 7/7/15
Teacher Workshop

Ever wonder how we managed to fund the Continental Army without the ability to levy taxes? Ever thought about how to teach westward expansion as a game? Do you feel that students today need more preparation in financial literacy? Then consider our summer teacher workshop!

Tuesday, 6/23/15
Exhibit/Display

Independence Hall stands as one of our nation's most recognizable landmarks. In popular memory, the former Pennsylvania state house is intricately woven into the early fabric of our country and our city. As a symbol of justice, equality, and freedom, only the national flag is more familiar to Americans.

Sunday, 6/21/15
Teacher Institute

Applications are now being accepted for this new NEH-funded teacher workshop.  Cultures of Independence: Perspectives on Independence Hall and the Meaning of Freedom will raise awareness of how Independence Hall has been involved in the ongoing process of creating a nation and civic life, not just in the magical moment of July 1776.  During each day of  a week-long workshop, 36 teachers will be immersed in a process of discovering and developing strategies for teaching the ongoing history of the American independence