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Thursday, 3/31/16
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Considering Music in a Changing Church

John Fryer – disguised as Dr. Anonymous – urged doctors not to treat gays and lesbians as "sick."  But there was another man behind that mask: a devoted choir and organ master. In this program, we explore what church music meant to Fryer and how it evolves as society and culture change.  

Wednesday, 3/23/16
Lecture/Panel Discussion

From their disparate backgrounds, Philadelphia physicians S. Weir Mitchell, William W. Keen, and George R. Morehouse assembled one of the most unusual and important temporary hospital wards during the last year of the Civil War at Turner’s Lane in Philadelphia. The rehabilitative care afforded to 160 soldiers at Turner’s Lane, many of whom had been wounded at Gettysburg, provided an unparalleled opportunity to study diseases and wounds of the nerves, particularly peripheral nerve injuries.

Friday, 3/18/16
Special Event

Whether you are new to genealogy or a seasoned researcher, find your story at HSP this spring with Family History Days.

On March 18 & 19, HSP is bringing together genealogy and family history professionals from around the world for the mid-Atlantic’s largest genealogy festival, featuring two days of presentations and workshops.

Thursday, 3/17/16

Over the past year, HSP’s Digital Services staff created several new databases for genealogists and family historians, making previously-inaccessible information available online for researchers. The display will include collection materials featured in the new databases. 

Wednesday, 3/9/16
Lecture/Panel Discussion

On March 2, 1916, the Philadelphia Orchestra performed the U.S. premiere of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8, also known as "The Symphony of a Thousand." The Orchestra - and Philadelphia - would never be the same.

Thursday, 3/3/16
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Music has been used both as a vehicle for reform and repression during the pursuits of American ethnic and racial justice. Using historical sheet music, broadsides from local theaters, and musical recordings & performances, HSP explores the various ways Philadelphia popular culture has depicted American ethnic groups throughout the past two centuries with Sights & Sounds of our Multiethnic Past.

Friday, 2/26/16
Special Event

Get loud in the library this February with Swingin' at the Society as HSP transforms from a shushed library into a raucous dance hall. Dance the night away as the sounds of Jazz Age America fill HSP's halls with tunes from the Philadelphia-based band Bitters & Rye

Thursday, 2/18/16
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Philadelphia has an extraordinarily rich and important musical history. From the late eighteenth century, when it was the political and cultural capital of the American colonies, to the present, the city has nurtured numerous ground breaking musical styles and artists and been at the forefront of some of the world’s most significant musical developments. Music historian Jack McCarthy explores some of the highlights of Philadelphia music over the course of the city’s 330+ year history.

Tuesday, 2/16/16

Surveying more than three centuries of Philadelphia’s music history, Memories & Melodies amplifies the sounds of the city’s past through the records of its famed composers, little-known musicians, and vaunted venues. Free and open to the public during regular business hours.

Tuesday, 1/12/16

Threading together centuries of trends and tastes, Fashion: “The Fastest Moving, Most Fragile, and Fickle Fleeting Business” explores the many ways fashion is marketed and promoted, from French fashion plates to American window displays. Free and open to the public. 

Friday, 12/11/15

This event is a unique opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students interested in Public History careers to meet with professionals from the greater Philadelphia area. The day will include a behind-the-scenes tour of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, a presentation from the National Archives, and a panel discussion representing a wide variety of Philadelphia cultural institutions and career paths.

Saturday, 12/5/15
Teacher Workshop

What was William Penn's vision for Pennsylvania? How did he and other early colonist interact with the Lenni Lenape?  These questions will be addressed in this teacher workshop where teachers also see original treaties and maps.