HSP holds a variety of events throughout the year, including genealogy workshops, lectures and panel discussions, tours, and teacher workshops. Events are held at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania at 1300 Locust Street in Philadelphia unless noted otherwise.


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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, 8/9/16 12:30 pm

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.

Wednesday, 9/7/16 5:30 am
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.

Wednesday, 9/21/16 12:00 pm
Genealogy Workshop

This fall, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania in partnership with professional genealogist Sydney F. Cruice Dixon will host Foundations of Genealogy: Getting Started and Doing It Right the First Time, an 8-week course for family historians and genealogists seeking to become more effective and efficient researchers.

Wednesday, 9/21/16 1:00 pm
Special Event

On the third Wednesday of every month at 1:00, 3:00, and 5:00 p.m., professional genealogists from the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) will be available to help take your family history research to the next level. These one-on-one consultations are designed for beginner and experienced genealogists alike. 

Thursday, 10/6/16 4:00 pm
Teacher Workshop

The twohour 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.

Monday, 10/17/16 4:30 pm
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, 10/20/16 6:30 pm

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.  

Saturday, 11/12/16 9:30 am
Teacher Workshop

World War II was about patriotism, community, and sacrifice for both the men and women abroad and those at home. With the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor this December, we want to help you incorporate the stories of Philadelphians during the war into your classroom lesson plans.

Saturday, 11/19/16 10:00 am
Teacher Workshop

Partnering with the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA), HSP is excited to host a teacher workshop that will focus on the impact of World War I and the visual culture that the war inspired. The workshop will explore how the war affected individuals in the trenches, and at home. Participants will engage with art created by veterans, aerial photographs of the battlefield, and propaganda. The primary source documents will encourage educators to consider new ways of teaching as we approach the centennial of the United States' involvement in World War I.