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Symphony of a Thousand

On March 2, 1916, the Philadelphia Orchestra performed the U.S. premiere of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8, also known as "The Symphony of a Thousand." The Orchestra - and Philadelphia - would never be the same.

An Artist Embedded: The (Musical) Spark in My Life

John Fryer – disguised as Dr. Anonymous – urged doctors not to treat gays and lesbians as "sick."  But there was another man behind that mask: a devoted choir and organ master. In this program, we explore what church music meant to Fryer and how it evolves as society and culture change.  

Swingin At the Society

Get loud in the library this February with Swingin' at the Society as HSP transforms from a shushed library into a raucous dance hall. Dance the night away as the sounds of Jazz Age America fill HSP's halls with tunes from the Philadelphia-based band Bitters & Rye

Philadelphia: City of Music

Philadelphia has an extraordinarily rich and important musical history. From the late eighteenth century, when it was the political and cultural capital of the American colonies, to the present, the city has nurtured numerous ground breaking musical styles and artists and been at the forefront of some of the world’s most significant musical developments. Music historian Jack McCarthy explores some of the highlights of Philadelphia music over the course of the city’s 330+ year history.

Resources for National History Day 2017

Come visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to learn more about our resources for National History Day.

Gay Physicians Confronting the AIDS Epidemic: the personal and professional challenges of early first responders

As part of the city-wide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Annual Reminder Demonstrations for gay rights, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the William Way LGBT Center collaborated on Fighting Back: Defending the LGBT Mind and Body in Pennsylvania, an LGBT health history conference held on October 18th & 19th, 2015.Gay Physicians Confronting the AIDS Epidemic:  the personal and professional challenges of early first responders