Past Events

Wednesday, 10/1/14
Genealogy Workshop

The focus this evening will be on tips and techniques for using church records in genealogical research.  After an overview, experienced Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania volunteers will be available to provide advice individually on your specific research issue and participants may research in library until 8:30 p.m. Part one in a series of Wednesday evening genealogy workshops.

Wednesday, 10/1/14
Special Event

On Wednesday afternoons in October, professional genealogists from the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) will be available to discuss your research. These one-on-one consultations are designed for beginner and experienced genealogists alike: schedule a forty-five minute consultation to help get the answers you need, find your long lost ancestor, develop a research plan, or break through that brickwall research problem!

Areas of specialty vary.  Please select the date most appropriate to your research interests.

Saturday, 9/27/14
Teacher Workshop

Discover innovative, interdisciplinary ways to teach about Philadelphia's Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793, a topic all too relevant to today's news of Ebola. Participants on September 27 will gain teaching ideas and classroom-ready materials as they explore ways to use media and primary sources with elementary and secondary students. Content will be structured around Pennsylvania  Core Standards and will include a lecture from Reverend Mark Kelly Tyler, Senior Pastor at Mother Bethel AME Church, on the critical role Richard Allen played in combating Philadelphia’s Yellow Fever epidemic.

Thursday, 9/18/14

This three-day conference explores the life of James Logan, who would become mayor of Philadelphia, chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and lieutenant governor. Co-sponsored by the Library Company of Philadelphia, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Stenton, and The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, 9/16/14
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Albert M. Greenfield, a Russian immigrant, was courted for his business acumen by mayors, senators, and presidents, including Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman. He built a multifaceted business empire that encompassed real estate, department stores, banks, newspapers, and hotels, among others. Throughout his life, Greenfield was able to cross social, religious, and ethnic boundaries to form unique business alliances among Jews, Catholics, and African Americans.

Tuesday, 9/16/14

In conjunction with the conference, James Logan and the Networks of Atlantic Culture and Politics, 1699-1751, HSP will display a selection of documents related to the life of James Logan. Materials will provide a glimpse into the many facets of James Logan, including his personal life, his intellectual pursuits, his work as provincial secretary to William Penn and in the public sphere, and his role in Indian affairs.

Tuesday, 8/19/14

HSP will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Great Central Fair with a special document display exploring patriotic crowd-funding in Philadelphia during the Civil War. 

In the summer of 1864, Philadelphia hosted the Great Central Fair in what is now Logan Circle, positioning the city as a vital contributor to the Union war effort.

The civilian-led U.S. Sanitary Commission, a precursor to the Red Cross founded in 1861, organized “sanitary fairs” across the Union to raise money for sick and wounded soldiers.

Thursday, 6/26/14
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Join HSP and area institutions (American Philosophical Society, Chemical Heritage Foundation, College of Physicians, Library Company of Philadelphia, Swarthmore College, Villanova University) in commemorating the centennial of WWI with the launch of “Home Before the Leaves Fall: The Great War,” a digital resource highlighting little-known primary source materials from the Delaware Valley region.

Tuesday, 6/24/14

On the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, HSP will display the highlights of its war-related documents, including papers from army officers, war posters, photographs of home front activities, and letters describing wartime civilian life. 

Thursday, 6/19/14
Lecture/Panel Discussion

When the Civil War began, Emilie Davis , a twenty four year old free African American woman, was attending school and sewing clothes to support herself.  In her diaries, Emilie wrote short daily entries recounting events, both big and small.  Mixed in with the minutiae of Emilie’s everyday life are entries recounting African Americans’ celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation, nervous excitement during the battle of Gettysburg, and their collective mourning of President Lincoln.

Saturday, 6/14/14

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is proud to be a National Audience Partner with the Smithsonian for Anthem for America. To give Philadelphia a leading voice in the “Song Heard Round the World”, the U.S. Army Voices will be leading group-sing of the national anthem at 4:00pm on Saturday, June 14, 2014, on the front lawn of the National Constitution Center.

Friday, 6/13/14
Special Event

Join the Young Friends for an evening of hors d’oeuvres and drinks from our friends at Tria Café and Narragansett Brewing Company on June 13 from 6 – 8 pm as we pay homage to Philadelphia’s own WWII Stage Door Canteen! Get in the spirit with a performance from the renowned Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus, then enjoy our collection of photos from the Stage Door Canteen, and purchase raffle tickets for $5 each - or $20 for 5 - for a chance to win prizes provided by local businesses and cultural attractions.