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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.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, 3/21/18 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. 


Monday, 3/5/18 6:00 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

In the stories of Jacqueline Woodson, cooking traces the roots and routes of families and memories. Join pre-eminent scholars Dr. Jessica Harris and Michael Twitty for a discussion faciltated by local chef and food writer Valerie Erwin. They will explore the food traditions that inspire contemporary African American cuisines.


Tuesday, 3/6/18 6:00 pm
Workshop

Join culinary historian Michael Twitty as he prepares his grandmother's version of Country Captain, a chicken dish that draws inspiration from South Asian curries and the cuisines of southern plantation kitchens. Learn about the process of researching African American histories through cooking.


Wednesday, 3/28/18 6:30 pm
Special Event

A Women's History Month Program:  Deborah Samson [Sampson], the first woman to enlist, to fight, and to be honorably discharged from the American Military captivates audiences in an hour-long program chronicling her life. An indentured servant by age five, Deborah grew up in a man's world, where women were naught but second-class citizens. Without the ability to vote or to own property, Deborah knew her options were limited; breaking the rules may be necessary to accomplish a greater goal in life.


Saturday, 4/7/18 9:00 am
Genealogy Workshop

This spring, 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, a 3-week course for family historians and genealogists seeking to become more effective and efficient researchers.


Tuesday, 4/10/18 6:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Hear about historic Strawberry Mansion's rise and fall and the sad life of architect Thomas Nevell who designed one of Philadelphia's greatest mansions, Mount Pleasant.(Nevell fell from grace after his marriage to the widow, Mrs. Weed). Learn why Philadelphia's historic Morris House on South 8th Street is the real 'Presidents' House. Preview the galloping life of Hope Montgomery Scott in and outside the gilded halls of Ardrossan.


Wednesday, 4/11/18 4:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion


Saturday, 4/14/18 9:30 am
Teacher Workshop

Students today need to understand Philadelphia’s role in the world both in the past and in the present in order to become career and college ready, living and working in a global economy.  This teacher workshop for those teaching U.S.


Wednesday, 4/18/18 5:30 pm
Teacher Workshop

As the news cycle continues to bring stories about how the U.S. government defines and controls immigration, there is debate about who should be allowed to become a citizen.  But what does it mean to be a citizen, and how do we test it?  Examine sources from the American past to see how citizenship has been defined and then participant in a public program with sociologist Dr. Faye Allard-Glass. She will lead an interactive workshop that has participants comparing their experiences with citizenship requirements here and in other countries. Can you pass a U.S.


Wednesday, 4/18/18 6:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

As the news cycle continues to bring stories about how the U.S. government defines and controls, immigration, discussion includes who should be allowed to become a citizen.  But what does it mean to be a citizen, and how do we test it? 

Dr. Faye Allard-Glass will lead an interactive workshop that has participants comparing their experiences with citizenship requirements here and in other countries. Can you pass a U.S. naturalization test?  Does it measure the qualities and knowledge you think citizens need?  Add your voice to the discussion.


Wednesday, 6/6/18 5:30 pm
Teacher Workshop

An Immigrant Heritage Month Program:  How does the acquisition of English affect the immigrant experience in the U.S., especially across generations?  How is assimilation in all aspects of life affected by the language one speaks?  During the teacher workshop, we will consider how language acquisition affects life outcomes and the role schools have played in English language learning.  Leave with knowledge and resources for putting this hot topic into a historical context for students.


Wednesday, 6/6/18 6:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

An Immigrant Heritage Month Program:  How does the acquisition of English affect the immigrant experience in the U.S., especially across generations?  How is assimilation in all aspects of life affected by the language one speaks?  For this program during Immigrant Heritage Month, we will consider how language acquisition affects life outcomes, both from our moderator, sociology professor Dr.


Wednesday, 6/20/18 6:00 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion


Monday, 7/30/18 8:30 am
Class

 

July 30 – August 3, 2018

HSP presents a week-long genealogy course designed to explore the records and repositories available for researching ancestors in Pennsylvania. A complete “How to” course, training you to use the resources available at HSP and elsewhere to uncover your family’s story!


Monday, 8/13/18 9:00 am

HSP presents an in-depth, 4-day class series on researching family in the British Isles. Through these expert-taught classes, you’ll learn how to conduct genealogical research in Scotland, Ireland and England. Classes in using DNA to conduct research are also a part of the curriculum.

Learn how and where research on British family can be conducted, and what information can be discovered!