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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 "

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.
 
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.

Through the Behind-the-Scenes Vault Tours, HSP offers the opportunity to see these documents closer than ever before and, in the case of a few materials, to even hold them.

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. Dr.

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. Dr.

Monday, 6/15/15
Special Event
Get a taste of history’s favorite vintages! From the wine toasted after the signing of the Declaration of Independence to blends favored by modern-day presidents, guests will enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a unique blend of four different wines to taste, accompanied by a lively lecture from Vicki Miller of Vinocity exploring the history and revelance of each.  
 
Sponsored in part by Tria Cafe
 
Tickets are extremely limited, must be 21 or over to attend. 
Wednesday, 6/3/15
Lecture/Panel Discussion

On July 4, 1965, 7 women and 33 men picketed in front of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall.  On the very spot where Americans first asserted their rights and liberties, this small group of activists demanded equality for gays and lesbians. From these humble beginnings would emerge the Annual Reminder picket, one of the first organized gay rights demonstrations in the country.

Wednesday, 5/13/15
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Freedom and liberty – How are they defined and for whom are they granted?

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