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The Morreys and Montiers of Philadelphia: A Love Story

Listen to the family story of Dr. William Pickens III, who traced his ancestry all the way back to Humphrey Morrey, who served as the first mayor of Philadelphia in 1691. Pickens’s family tree also includes Richard Morrey, whose marriage to freedwoman Cremona formed one of the city’s most prominent interracial families. Pickens’ journey will inspire you to search for your own family roots. Cosponsored with the Urban League of Philadelphia and Southwest Airlines.

Civil War Commemoration

One hundred and fifty years ago on April 12, the first shots were fired at Fort Sumter in South Carolina, heralding the start of a four-year conflict that would tear our young nation apart. Many of the stories of the Civil War—captured in letters, diaries, and newspaper accounts—are here at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

From Puerto Rico to Philadelphia

Hear Dr. Victor Vazquez Hernandez speak about the Latinization of Philadelphia at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hispanic Heritage Month event. Dr. Vazquez Hernandez is an associate professor of history at Miami Dade College and co-editor of The Puerto Rican Diaspora: Historical Perspectives.

Constitution Day

The Historical Society has several versions of the United States Constitution, including the earliest surviving draft handwritten by Constitutional Convention delegate James Wilson and the first newspaper printing by The Pennsylvania Packet. In celebration of Constitution Day, HSP held a one day display of six original versions in its reference room, so visitors could see the evolution of this national treasure.

Colonial Brews: Philadelphia's Early Taverns and the Drinks They Served

Discover a time when taverns were more numerous than churches, and the price of beer was a penny a pot (pint). At this Young Friends event during Philadelphia Beer Week, brewery historian Rich Wagner talks about early Philadelphia taverns and the drinks they served. It was at these "public houses" where our founding fathers gathered to eat, drink, and haggle over the details of the Declaration of Independence.