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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.

Sat, 2015-02-14 20:21

Hold These Truths tells a story, buried by history, of one American’s attempt to reconcile his love for a country that labeled him a second class citizen. Gordon Hirabayashi’s real-life 50-year journey brings us the astonishing facts of Japanese Internment, the US government’s orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast, through the eyes of a Quaker college student who was simply looking for love and the American Dream.

Sat, 2015-02-14 20:07

In the mid-19th century, a young man from outside Philadelphia set out for the American West, seeking to recover from illness, perhaps to find his fortune. Little did he know that a simple hat - made with his hands, using the skills he learned in his family trade and the ingenuity of necessity - would become an American icon of 150 years. 

Tue, 2015-02-10 14:31

A library can be a bewildering place. For many middle and high school students, they are a labyrinth of stacks, databases, and jargon. Those with homework or projects requiring research often ask: Where do I start?

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP), one of the largest special collection libraries in the country, has the answer: Here.

Sun, 2015-02-01 16:52

HSP's Digital Library is currently inaccessible to the public due to an off-site server issue. We are working to restore the public interface to our digital resources. HSP's digital history projects, shop, and other online features may also be affected. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please contact Vincent Fraley at 215.732.6200 ext. 233 with any questions.

Wed, 2015-01-28 10:28

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment and the abolition of slavery, local cultural institutions will host screenings of clips from Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.

Tue, 2015-01-20 15:33



Pen to Paper: Handwriting in the Digital Age

Modern technology has dramatically altered the way we communicate. Email, texting, and social media have become for many the dominant mediums for exchanging information. As these technologies continue to develop, the ways in which we interact with and react to one another change as well.

Wed, 2015-01-14 14:54

Happy winter, everyone! 

As the seasons begin to change, HSP is gearing up for another slew of frosty months. Please consult our holiday hours if you are planning to visit our world-renowned special collections library. And travel safe!

During inclement weather, HSP will follow the School District of Philadelphia in determining early closings. A snow day for the schools will be a snow day for HSP. 

If you have any questions, please contact HSP at 215. 732. 6200

Tue, 2014-11-18 13:04

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) has begun a long-term partnership with Wells Fargo & Company to create a comprehensive and unique center for historical education and discovery.

As one of the nation’s most significant archival collections, spanning the 17th to 21st centuries, HSP values the shared documentary heritage encapsulating our collective history by preserving and making these materials accessible to everyone.

Sat, 2014-11-01 00:00

From presidential progeny to felonious forebears, family secrets are uncovered this fall across the U.S. in PBS’ surprise-filled second season of Genealogy Roadshow.  On October 25, 2014, the show will be visiting Philadelphia to film at HSP, and we hope you can join us!

Fri, 2014-10-03 13:56