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Tuesday, 11/8/16
Exhibit/Display

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, HSP will display a selection of letters, photographs, ephemera, and printed materials documenting Philadelphians’ varied reactions to the event.

Wednesday, 10/26/16
Genealogy Workshop

Google Earth is only one example of geographic information available online. The internet contains several projects featuring spatial and historical data which can assist with genealogical research.

Thursday, 10/20/16

One of the prevalent themes found in early literature that focuses on the immigrant experience is that of assimilation and identity. Often, the reader is introduced to a main protagonist, who in his metaphorical journey from youth to adulthood, struggles with the beliefs and traditions of the old world, contradicting those of the new.  However, the struggle of identity is no longer limited to assimilation as it also highlights themes of race, gender, and sexuality.  

Monday, 10/17/16
Teacher Workshop

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. 

Thursday, 10/6/16
Teacher Workshop

The 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 for teachers and students to explore this multicultural study of community history throughout the school year.

Wednesday, 10/5/16
Lecture/Panel Discussion

For those who think the current presidential election is a strange one, join HSP as we take a look back at the 1856 contest, perhaps the most consequential election in our nation’s history. There were two new parties: the Republicans and the Know-Nothings. The Republicans nominated a celebrity involved in land development with no elective experience, while the Know-Nothings had as their major party plank stopping immigration and even sending some immigrants back to their home country. The third party, the Democrats, nominated an old face with vast governmental experience.

Tuesday, 9/27/16
Exhibit/Display

Debates about immigration and citizenship have played a major role in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. To complement our fall publications, this document display will highlight some of HSP’s collections on immigrant cultures, communities, reception, and acculturation from the 1700s to the present day.

Wednesday, 9/7/16
Teacher Workshop

In conjunction with Temple University, HSP is excited to host a new series of interactive courses from Independence to Civil Rights. Teachers, expand your horizons with new stories and resources from the vaults of HSP through online lectures, webinars, and interactive discussions with expert panels. The course is designed around four modules and graduate credit is available.

Tuesday, 8/9/16
Exhibit/Display

In conjunction with the opening of Philadelphia's Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, this display will explore the local history of Mormonism in the Greater Philadelphia Area.

Tuesday, 8/2/16
Tour

Take a walk through colonial and revolutionary Philadelphia with the man who knows the city just as well as he knew it two hundred and fifty years ago. Visit the places where Ben Franklin made a name for himself as a printer, inventor, and statesman, and hear about it firsthand with all the wit Ben is famous for. Come along with Ben to see the sights of historic Philadelphia, including the Liberty Bell, colonial Christ Church, and Independence Hall, and walk in the footsteps of the convicts Ben Franklin once hired to carry him there for the Constitutional Convention in 1787.

Thursday, 7/28/16
Special Event

On July 28th, join The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) and community partners for Latino Politics: Philadelphia and Puerto Rico, a free panel discussion exploring Latino political participation at the local, state, and national levels.

Friday, 7/22/16
Special Event

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. Until now. 

In celebration of the Democratic National Convention, join HSP for PoliticalFest, a one-of-a-kind festival celebrating political history, government and the road to the White House. On display will be HSP's most treasured items, never before displayed at the same time. 

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