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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, 9/27/17 2:30 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.


Tuesday, 10/10/17 12:30 pm
Exhibit/Display

In this document display, see historic sources paired with contemporary artistic translations that speak to how college students today consider issues around immigration.  Seniors from the Visual Studies Department at Tyler School of Art studied a variety of kinds of sources from HSP’s collections – scrapbooks, journals, letters, flyers and pamphlets – to learn about experiences of immigrants and citizens in the U.S. from the early 1800s through the late 1900s.  The students then created responses in a variety of media that melded the historic with contemporary concerns. 


Wednesday, 10/18/17 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, 10/19/17 12:00 pm
Teacher Workshop

The two hour 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 resources (e.g., the Germantown Historical Society, museum educator-consultants, literature lists and websites) for teachers and students to explore this multicultural study of community history throughout the school year.


Thursday, 10/19/17 1:00 pm
Genealogy Workshop

Measuring Your Pennsylvania Ancestors: Using State and County Land Records is a five-module/week (10 hour) program designed for genealogists to explore the land records of Pennsylvania, understand the procedures used to distribute land, and how that distribution impacts modern day genealogical research.


Please note that October 13th is the last day you can register for this event.

Friday, 10/20/17 1:00 pm
Genealogy Workshop

The Cumberland County Historical Society (CCHS), the Army Heritage Center Foundation, the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau, Dickinson College, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania offer you the opportunity to explore your family history at Cumberland Pathways, October 20-22, 2017 in beautiful and historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  These institutions are home to unique archives and special collections.


Register in advance to save $10!

Thursday, 10/26/17 6:30 pm
Special Event

Presented by the Young Friends of HSP

Join the Young Friends of HSP for a one-night only pop-up exhibition that will feature marvels of science, feats of engineering, and speculative stories from Philadelphia’s past!

Enjoy local food and drink as you take in the sights of the best of HSP’s science and engineering collection.


Thursday, 10/26/17 6:30 pm

Join us at a workshop to piece together a story of how an assassin from Wurttemburg, Germany shows up with U.S. troops during the Mexican –American War.  Anne Marie Ackerman, author of the recently released book Death of an Assassin, will share sources she found in German and American libraries as we all put on our detective hats to solve the mystery of archival research.  Discover how the U.S. military relied upon recent immigrants for its soldiers, the fascinating Siege of Veracruz, and even a link with the infamous General E. Lee.


Monday, 10/30/17 4:30 pm
Teacher Workshop

National History Day is a career and college readiness program for 6th to 12th graders. Come to the Kick-Off program hosted at HSP to learn how it helps students develop research, literacy, presentation, and critical thinking skills.  


Due to an unforeseen circumstances, this program will be postponed. Please stay tuned to our website for further details and we apologize for the inconvenience!

Wednesday, 11/1/17 6:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

In this continuing series of conversations, we share across ethnicity, race, and citizenship status what it means to be an immigrant in Philadelphia.  Panelists begin the discussion about transition and settlement, and then audience members add their own accounts in an effort to create a much more nuanced understanding of what it means to “become” an American.  Refreshments are served following the program. This program is made possible through the generous support of the Connelly Foundation.


Tuesday, 11/7/17 6:00 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Political cartoons have played a vibrant role facilitating public dialogue throughout American history. From Benjamin Franklin’s “Join, or Die” snake to the widely syndicated Brother Jonathan character, cartoonists have used caricature and symbolism to capture the political and social climate they inhabited. This election night, join a panel discussion at HSP to learn more about this vivid history while checking out cartoons pulled from the HSP archives.


Wednesday, 11/15/17 6:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

This program commemorates the 30th anniversary of the closing of Pennhurst State School and Hospital (November 1987), a state-funded and managed institution for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  In the age of eugenics, Pennhurst was imagined as a model facility, and a solution to the problem of hereditary 'feeblemindedness.'  Instead it became a nightmare institution where exploitation, abuse, and medical experimentation were commonplace.  Over eight decades (1908-1987), more than 10,600 citizens were incarcerated at Pennhurst.