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HSP is partnering with The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) as part of their summer pop-up beer garden series. 

This year, PHS will sponsor two gardens: the garden at 1438 South St., now in its third year, as well as a brand new garden at Viaduct Rail Park, 10th and Hamilton Streets, part of a creative reuse of the old Reading rail trestle in the Callowhill neighborhood.

Fri, 2016-05-20 16:09
Join the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) for this year’s #SummerBookChats series highlighting authors of local histories. 
These programs are FREE but registration is required. Reserve your ticket at: hsp.org/calendar.

Philadelphia boasts one of the oldest, largest and most diverse park systems in the United States. Yet our parks receive scant attention in histories of landscape design and city planning. 

Fri, 2016-05-20 15:56

Join the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) for its FREE #SummerBookChats as local authors Kathryn Wilson and Elizabeth Milroy discuss their recent works on Philadelphia history. The programs are free but registration is required.


Ethnic Renewal in Philadelphia’s Chinatown



Fri, 2016-05-20 14:14

Friday, May 13, 2016
In celebration of the Democratic National Convention, join HSP for PoliticalFest, a one-of-a-kind festival celebrating political history, government and the road to the White House.

This non-partisan, six-day festival combines multi-media and interactive displays, historical objects, and special guest appearances designed to entertain and engage Philadelphia residents and convention attendees alike.

Tue, 2016-05-17 16:31

PHILADELPHIA, PA - The April 2016 issue of the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (PMHB) has now been published.

Tue, 2016-04-19 00:00

HSP is proud to join more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.

Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2016.

Mon, 2016-04-18 00:00

PHILADELPHIA, PA – In 1972, Dr. John Fryer dons an oversize tuxedo and rubber joke shop mask to become Dr. Henry Anonymous and confront the American Psychiatric Association with these words: “I am a homosexual, I am a psychiatrist.” Obie Award-winning writer and director Ain Gordon explores Fryer’s story in his new play, 217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous, running May 5 – 7 at the Painted Bride Art Center.

Fri, 2016-04-15 00:00

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Every issue has a history. Learn new ways to help students understand the value of historical perspectives to policymaking with The National History Center's Mock Policy Briefing, a workshop for educators at the high school and university level. 

Hosted by HSP and The Library Company of Philadelphia, the Mock Policy Briefing Program workshop will feature speakers from The National History Center as well as Jessica Roney speaking about her successful experience piloting this program at Temple University.

Mon, 2016-04-04 17:27

PHILADELPHIA, PA—The National Endowment for the Humanities today announced that it has awarded the Historical Society of Pennsylvania a planning grant of $39,500 to identify material documenting the early struggle for women’s rights in the collections of members of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) and to share a sampling of them online. 

Wed, 2016-03-23 00:00

On April 27, join HSP and author Cokie Roberts to discuss her new book, Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868, as she explores the wives, sisters, and female friends of the men leading America into, and through, the Civil War.

As a result of the conflict, these “belles” of Washington society blossomed into suffragists, journalists, social activists, and philanthropists, engaging with the issues of the day on their own terms and transforming a sleepy Southern city into a place of power and action.

Mon, 2016-03-21 17:11