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Format: 2014-07-22
Format: 2014-07-22
Format: 2014-07-22

PHILADELPHIA, PA - The Historical Society of Pennsylvania will collaborate with playwright and artist Ain Gordon to explore the intersections of history and contemporary life. Titled An Artist Embedded, Gordon will take the traditional “artist in residence” to the next level by becoming part of HSP’s programs development team over the next two years. This project is made possible by a grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Arts and Culture
Community and Public Service

Philadelphia, PA - Americans will “Raise it Up!” on Flag Day, June 14, and come together as part of 6/5/14

19th century
Arts and Culture

Philadelphia, PA - Francis Scott Key, a young poet and lawyer, was aboard a small ship in the Patapsco River as he watched the British fleet relentlessly shell Ft. McHenry. The battle continued for hours, while an enormous American flag waved proudly atop the fort. Key kept vigil through the night, catching glimpses of the red, white, and blue as cannons boomed. Inspired by the fierce battle and filled with patriotic pride, Key wrote a four-stanza poem that captured the hearts of the American public and is beloved to this day.

19th century
Arts and Culture
War of 1812

Philadelphia, PA – Benjamin Franklin is credited with publishing the first American political cartoon in 1754, but he was also one of first American political figures to be lampooned by subsequent cartoonists. This demonstrates the vivacity of American political cartooning: even illustrious Founding Fathers are not spared the cartoonist’s pen.


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, is designed to help researchers start or hone their genealogical skills.


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.


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.

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.


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.


The history of American liberty is a collage of individual struggles—for independence from England, for the abolition of slavery, for a woman’s right to vote.

Fifty documents showing the evolution of American freedom have been restored and digitized by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) thanks to support from Bank of America.