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In support of this year's National History Day (NHD) theme of "Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History," HSP's Alicia Parks and Sarah Duda take a look at five individuals and stories from our collections - including a captive of the Barbary pirates, Arctic explorers, suffragettes, and much more. 

Wed, 2015-09-16 10:33

With the nation’s attention focused on Philadelphia this September for the convening of the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ visit, HSP explores the history of Pennsylvania’s Catholics in the fall 2015 issue of Pennsylvania Legacies.

Fri, 2015-09-11 11:29

Students in grades 6-12 can get assistance with their research after school beginning on Tuesday, September 29.  The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has volunteers to mentor students on Tuesdays,Thursdays, and Fridays from 2:30-5:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays 2:30-7:00 p.m.

Wed, 2015-09-09 10:49

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) is pleased to announce today’s launch of Politics in Graphic Detail: Exploring History through Political Cartoons, an exciting and innovative digital history exhibit featuring more than 125 richly annotated political cartoons. Spanning American history from the colonial period through the Progressive Era, these cartoons represent a diversity of topic, issues, and events befitting our raucous democratic process.

Tue, 2015-09-01 13:39

Behind no less than five sets of locks – both electronic and analog, including a 19th century bank vault door – rest some of the most treasured items in HSP’s collection of over 21 million manuscripts, graphics, and books.

Thu, 2015-08-27 14:14

As students and educators prepare to return for the 2015-16 school year, HSP is proud to announce a new online education portal.

Through the work of HSP’s education intern, Beth Potens, and HSP’s Teacher Advisors group, booking a school trip to HSP, downloading lesson and unit plans, getting research help and more are now easier than ever.

Fri, 2015-08-21 16:12

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is nearing the conclusion of Historic Images, New Technologies (HINT), a two-year project to enhance the description and discovery of its graphic materials and promote the linking and sharing of content among institutions and scholars.

The project’s overall objective is to make archival graphics more accessible for online users and to encourage other repositories to adopt the new tools and practices. As such, HINT involves several complementary parts.

Fri, 2015-08-21 15:23

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) is proud to announce its new status as a FamilySearch Affiliate Library. 

Wed, 2015-08-19 17:29

Every year, millions of people around the world comb through books, scour newspapers, and thumb through manuscripts searching for information about their family’s history.

What starts small often becomes enormous. Many now-avid genealogists recall their humble beginnings – the discovery of a trunk full of photographs in the attic, or a question about a great grandparent’s country of origin.

For many, these humble questions blossom into a lifelong pursuit connecting them to a growing community around the world.

Tue, 2015-08-18 17:32

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is proud to announce two enhanced tools designed to support online research and exploration of our collections.


Discover, HSP’s online catalog, contains records describing printed materials, archival collections, and digital records associated with our collections. It is a researcher’s first port of call for discovery of HSP’s 21 million items. New functionality, enhancements, and data updates in this version make finding the information you’re looking for easier than ever before.

Thu, 2015-08-13 12:18