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A Shaken and Stirred Evening: How the American Cocktail Went Global
A Shaken and Stirred Evening: How the American Cocktail Went Global

On September 27, 2012, the Young Friends of HSP hosted "A Shaken and Stirred Evening: How the American Cocktail Went Global". 90 guests attended the event, which featured a presentation on the history of the American cocktail by author and food historian Joseph Carlin. Spiga restaurant and Philadelphia Distilling provided food and cocktails, and Carlin demonstrated to the crowd how to make an authentic Fish House Punch. Guests mingled with cocktails in the Reference room and viewed a display of alcohol-related documents in the Reference room.

Date posted: 10/1/12
In Memory of Esther Ann McFarland
George McFarland, son of Esther Ann, and Rudolph Garcia, who reviewed the book

On June 26, 2012, HSP hosted a reception in memory of author and historian Esther Ann McFarland. Her newly published book entitled William Lewis, Esquire: Enlightened Statesman, Profound Lawyer, and Useful Citizen was available for purchase for the first time that evening. 

Date posted: 6/27/12
Maps of Early America
Guests view some of the early American maps from HSP's collections

On June 14, 2012, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania hosted an event titled "Maps of Early America" with guest lecturer Joseph Garver of Harvard University. Garver, the librarian for Research Services of the Harvard Map Collection, discussed treasures from HSP's collection, including the first map of Philadelphia, the Walking Purchase, and John Wallis's early map of the United States. A document display and reception in the Reading and Reference Rooms followed the lecture.

Date posted: 6/25/12
Founder's Award 2012
Founder's Award 2012

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania held its annual Founder’s Award dinner on May 17, honoring author and historian David McCullough and long-time Councilor Collin F. McNeil. The celebration was held at the National Museum of American Jewish History. The event for 342 guests, chaired by Dorothy Mather Ix, raised more than $253,000 for the Society. 

Date posted: 6/6/12
Picturing History 4/11/12
Picturing History 4/11/12

HSP has a rich collection of photographs, from early daguerreotypes to rare crystoleums and even modern digital prints. At this event, HSP’s Photograph Conservator D’Arcy White discussed the highlights of HSP’s fascinating photography archive—and the stories that they tell.

Date posted: 4/30/12
National History Day 2012
National History Day 2012

Hundreds of students competed in National History Day Philly 2012. Many did their research here at HSP. Congratulations to all the participants!

Date posted: 4/26/12