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Wednesday, 3/11/15
Genealogy Workshop

Many in Philadelphia and beyond have ancestors who fought during the American Revolution. But the difficulties of researching Revolutionary War military records are numerous. Join Sydney Cruice Dixon  tonight at HSP to discover new techniques and strategies to help identify, locate, and access these materials both online and off.

Friday, 3/6/15

For many, history is personal. Whether a beginner or a seasoned genealogist, learn new ways to discover and celebrate your family history with a two-day conference on March 6 and 7. Hosted by HSP, one of the largest family history centers in the country with genealogical material from every state east of the Mississippi River, Family History Days will help take your genealogy research further than ever before. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

Wednesday, 3/4/15
Teacher Workshop

As a precursor to our family history day event, HSP is excited to host a genealogy workshop designed for educators. The event will take place Wednesday, March 4th from 4:30-6:30pm and will introduce teachers to ways they can utilize the archives for genealogy research, both in the classroom and for themselves.

Tuesday, 3/3/15
Special Event

Join us for an exclusive event featuring a reception at the studio of a prominent contemporary artist followed by a tour of a private collection of rare 18th-century Philadelphia furniture and 20th-century fine art. Space is extremely limited, and reservations are required. Further details on where the event will take place will be provided upon reservation. 

Saturday, 2/28/15
Teacher Workshop

In the 1800s, Philadelphia was home to a vibrant African American community that stood at the center of antislavery and civil rights activism, before and after the Civil War.

Friday, 2/27/15
Special Event

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, HSP has partnered with area institutions to host events based on Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. These four documentaries feature riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America. Events will focus on whether or not equality is ensured with the passage of new laws or amendments.

Friday, 2/20/15
Special Event

Philadelphia actor Makoto Hirano gives voice to over thirty characters in a one-man tour-de-force performance about Gordon Hirabayashi. A college student who was simply looking for love and the American Dream, Gordon found himself confronted with the ultimate challenge to his freedom: the US government’s orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate people of Japanese ancestry during WWII. Gordon embarks on a profound and wild adventure in defense of our Constitution, discovering his Quaker faith, hitchhiking to prison, and taking his fight all the way to the Supreme Court.

Saturday, 2/7/15
Teacher Workshop

This teacher workshop focuses Economic Engagement and Financial Literacy for students.  Teachers will receive historic resources and contemporary tools for teaching about the subjects as well as delight in a keynote address from the author of a new book about how schools taught these subjects in a hands-on manner.

Thursday, 2/5/15
Lecture/Panel Discussion

For many of Pennsylvania’s early German-speaking settlers, handwriting was more than a communication tool.  It was also a component of religious devotion.  Highlighting objects in the HSP collection, this presentation by Doctoral student Alexander Lawrence Ames explores the complex relationship between Pennsylvania German spiritualism and the visual presentation of devotional texts. 

Wednesday, 2/4/15
Lecture/Panel Discussion

An exploration of real-life letters, newspaper clippings and more from survivors of Japanese Internment in the context of the Philadelphia premiere of the play Hold These Truths. The event will kick off with a sneak peak of Hold These Truths, performed by local actor Makoto Hirano, a one-man show about the real life journey of Gordon Hirabayashi, the man who famously defied forcible removal and took his case all the way to the Supreme Court... twice!  This will be followed by a document display and discussion by Dr.

Thursday, 1/29/15
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Teaching and mastery of handwriting is under attack as being less relevant with today’s digital communication. Dr. Robert J. Mahar will provide a brief review of the history and present status of handwriting, revealing the central role that cursive handwriting has served in society.

Friday, 1/23/15

As HSP’s collection of over 20 million manuscripts suggests, the art of calligraphy and hand lettering was a requisite for any young professional. From accounting to academia to personal diaries, calligraphy was a must. Join the Young Friends for wine, beer, light fare, and their first ever hands-on workshop with a beginner level class on the lost art of calligraphy led by the Philadelphia Calligraphers' Society.