Founder's Award 2015

The 2015 Founder's Award dinner will take place on May 7, 2015 at The Union League in Philadelphia. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania will honor novelist Sue Monk Kidd with its prestigious Founder's Award. Board member Alice Lea Tasman will receive HSP's Heritage Award.

Kidd is a New York Times best-selling author known for her beloved novel, The Secret Life of Bees. She has also authored The Mermaid Chair, Traveling with Pomegranates, and three highly regarded spiritual memoirs: God’s Joyful Surprise, When the Heart Waits and The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, which together comprise her groundbreaking work in the field of feminine spirituality and feminist theology. Kidd's highly anticipated 2014 novel, The Invention of Wings was chosen as the newest Oprah's Book Club 2.0 selection, and focuses on the 19th-century abolitionist Grimke sisters.


The event will take place at The Union League at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception followed by dinner, an awards ceremony, and a live auction. The funds raised at this annual event go directly toward supporting HSP’s mission of inspiring individuals and organizations to create a better future through historical understanding. J. Rudy Lewis is the event's Chair. 

For more information, please contact Bethany Chisholm at 215-732-6200 ext. 243 or bchisholm@hsp.org.