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Format: 2016-05-02
Format: 2016-05-02
Format: 2016-05-02

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) and the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists are pleased to announce the opening of registration for the weeklong program, Researching Family in Pennsylvania. The program will be hosted at HSP’s from August 1st through 5th, 2016.


In the 1970s, Temple University professor of psychiatry John Fryer urged doctors not to treat gays and lesbians as “sick.” This was not only the opinion of many Americans towards homosexuality, but the official viewpoint of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), which deemed homosexuality a mental illness, “curable” through lobotomy and electro-shock therapy.


Whether you are new to genealogy or a seasoned researcher, find your story at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) with Family History Days







With the generous support of Southwest Airlines Co., the official airline of HSP, we are proud to announce two free round-trip tickets will be randomly awarded to two Family History Days attendees. Register now for your chance to win! 

Here's how it works:

All attendees registered for both days of the conference, March 18 and 19, will automatically be entered for a chance to win. 


The Historical Society of Pennsylvania's (HSP) 2014-15 Annual Report is now available online. In this booklet, learn about HSP's collaborations, initiatives, happenings, and more over the past fiscal year. 

To download the PDF of the Annual Report, click the image below. To read the booklet in your browser, click here.



This Thursday, February 25, HSP transforms from a shushed library into a raucous dance hall. Dip, twist, and twirl as the sounds of Jazz Age America fill HSP's halls with tunes from the Philadelphia-based band Bitters & Rye.

Prior to cutting loose on the dance floor, frisk your whiskers with a presentation by music historian Jack McCarthy as he explores Philadelphia's prominence in jazz history with stories and images of the city's groundbreaking artists.


"Get loud" is perhaps the advice least expected to leave a librarian's lips. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania's (HSP) latest document display, Memories & Melodies, invites the public to do just that: to turn up the volume on a segment of Philadelphia's musical legacy long muted.


The Historical Society of Pennsylvania's (HSP) member newsletter, Sidelights, is now available online. In the Winter 2016 issue, learn about HSP's upcoming programming and special events, publications, education, member benefits, and more. 

To download the PDF of Sidelights, click the image below. To read the issue in your browser, click here.




Listen close: Libraries are louder than you’ve heard. Sitting silent in the stacks and vaults are the booming soundscapes of the past: scores of sheet music, recordings, concert posters, songbooks, and more.

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Arts and Culture

PHILADELPHIA, PA - The January 2016 issue of the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (PMHB) has now been published. The issue features essays exploring various facets of Pennsylvania history, an overview of recently processed collections at HSP, and book reviews. 

From January 27 through February 3, the new issue of PMHB will be freely available to readClick here to start exploring the issue.