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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

Friday, 2/3/17 12:00 pm
Exhibit/Display

Here at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP), we care for more than 21 million documents. Our collections include books, letters, diaries, business records, photographs, newspapers, and large maps and graphics—like the beautiful illustration of Philadelphia’s eastern waterfront found in our newest diplay, "Make History Yours." This very rare graphic was once tattered, torn, and disintegrating.


Sold out! Spots still remain for Researching Family in Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, 3/1/17 2:30 pm

Foundations of Genealogy II is designed for researchers seeking to further develop and strengthen their genealogy skills. The 8-week class is the follow-up to Foundations of Genealogy I, a course offered in 2015 and 2016 at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP).


Thursday, 3/9/17 1:00 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

PHILADELPHIA, PA—Join the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) for a free workshop on March 9, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. exploring a new digital resource available for genealogists researching African American ancestors.


Saturday, 3/11/17 4:00 am
Special Event

Accompanying the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts' current exhibition, this two-day symposium examines the creative contributions of American artists and citizens before, during, and after World War I.


Wednesday, 3/15/17 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, 3/23/17 6:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

For Becoming U.S. – Age and Assimilation, the second program in HSP's latest series, we wish to explore the many ways age and generational status affect immigration and assimilation experiences. 


Tuesday, 3/28/17 6:00 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

In 1817, Sarah Ralston, daughter of a Mayor of Philadelphia Mathew Clarkson and wife of merchant Robert Ralston brought together a group of philanthropic women with a goal of establishing a home for elderly women who had fallen on hard times namely indigent widows and older single women. Thus a path was established to do something about a problem which government was in no position to address—offer a caring  alternative to a particular older population of women in need.


Wednesday, 4/12/17 6:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

This April marks the centennial of American involvement in the First World War, a global conflagration that upended the established world order.

During the conflict, foreign-born soldiers represented nearly 1 out of 5 servicemen in the U.S. Army. This surge of Old World soldiers – from 46 different nations – challenged the culture of the American military, its linguistic and religious traditions, and required top brass to reconsider training methods.


Tuesday, 4/18/17 6:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Join Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève and other presenters in exploring the history of the special relationship between The Philadelphia Orchestra and the great Russian composer/conductor/pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff. Presented in conjunction with the Orchestra’s April 2017 Rachmaninoff Festival.


Wednesday, 5/10/17 6:30 pm

From the 1960s to the present, two-thirds of Pennsylvania’s population growth has been the result of Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Mexicans, and others moving to the Commonwealth. In the 1960s, the vast majority of Latinos lived in Philadelphia; today, as many live in the Pennsylvania Dutch region as in the City of Brotherly Love. This is the most significant regional demographic change in more than a century, and it is one that is poorly understood by scholars and the general public.


Monday, 7/31/17 8:30 am
Genealogy Workshop

Researching Family in Pennsylvania, a week-long genealogy course designed to explore and explain the records and repositories available to family historians researching ancestors in Pennsylvania, will take place at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) July 31 - August 4, 2017.