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Format: 2015-05-26
Format: 2015-05-26
Format: 2015-05-26

On July 4, 1965, 7 women and 33 men picketed in front of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall.  On the very spot where Americans first asserted their rights and liberties, this small group of activists demanded equality for gays and lesbians. From these humble beginnings would emerge the Annual Reminder picket, one of the first gay rights demonstrations in the country.

5/22/15
20th century
Civil Rights
Philadelphia
Politics
Women

This Wednesday, April 15, HSP will host a discussion about the life and legacy of Richardson Dilworth with journalist Peter Binzeno and Deborah Dilworth Bishop, Dilworth's daughter. 

4/13/15
20th century
Community and Public Service
Economics
Education
Government and civics
Philadelphia
Politics

Imagine a free virtual online library of rare historical books from all over the world to help you discover rich, unknown details about the lives of your ancestors. HSP is helping to make this dream a reality. Check out FamilySearch's news about 200,000th digitization milestone below:

4/13/15
Ethnic history
Genealogy

For those who may have missed its 2/17 premier, the full Genealogy Roadshow: Historical Society of Pennsylvania episode is now available for streaming.

Please click the image below to watch the full episode. And keep your eyes peeled for HSP staff (hint: look for the cobalt collared shirts)!

2/19/15
Ethnic history
Genealogy
Philadelphia

The genealogists visit HSP and discover some fascinating Philadelphia family history. One woman’s ancestor may have sparked historic labor laws; a pastor may have an outlaw in her family tree; a woman learns about slave genealogy and – with the help of DNA testing – gets the answer she has waited for; and another woman learns her ancestor may have helped others escape the Holocaust.

Genealogy Roadshow: Historical Society of Pennsylvania episode airs February 17 at 8 p.m. on PBS.

2/14/15
Ethnic history
Genealogy
Philadelphia

Ancestry Day—a full day of genealogy classes at the Pennsylvania Convention Center—will return on Saturday, March 15. This popular genealogy event, sponsored by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) and Ancestry.com, is designed to help researchers start or hone their genealogical skills.

1/16/14

Why should the Founding Fathers get all the credit? Bestselling author Cokie Roberts will visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on Tuesday, February 4, at 6 p.m. for the Philadelphia launch of her newly released children’s book Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies.

1/7/14

On November 19, 1863—150 years ago—President Abraham Lincoln spoke at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg. His speech, ten sentences in length, is considered one of the greatest pieces of oratory in American history.

11/14/13
Civil War

“Don” your best Mad Men attire for a night of classic cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and music! Get a firsthand look at mid-century documents from the collection of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP), and immerse yourself in the glamorous world of commercial consumerism.

10/29/13

On Wednesday, October 16, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) will unveil its redesigned lobby, library, and collection vaults—the result of a $5.7 million renovation project.

9/24/13