The Historical Society of Pennsylvania welcomes members of the media to write about our collections, visit our library, and attend our events. Please see our recent press releases listed below.

If you would like more information or would like to schedule an interview, contact HSP's Communications Manager Vincent Fraley at or 215-732-6200 ext. 233.

Our communications team is our primary point of contact for members of the media. We can connect you with experts and information on a variety of histroy and heritage related issues. All press inquiries should be directed to Vincent Fraley, our Communications Manager, at or call 215 732 6200 ext. 233.

To help expedite your request, please include your name and affiliation, story topic and deadline, a telephone number where you may be reached, and any other details pertinent to the request. We know that reporters often face tight deadlines, and we will respond as quickly as possible. To be added to our press list, please send your name, affiliation, beat, and contact information to We look forward to working with you.


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....

Press Releases




“Without our demonstrations starting in ’65, Stonewall would not have happened.”



PHILADELPHIA, PA – “The past is never dead. It’s not even past,” quipped William Faulkner. Regardless of what it is not, the exploration of history and genealogy is certainly one thing: increasingly digital.

As part of its commitment to inspiring a better future through historical understanding, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) is proud to announce several new online tools
designed to support remote users and HSP members connecting online to the library and archive.



For many, history is personal. Whether a beginner or a seasoned veteran, learn new ways to discover and celebrate your family history with a two-day conference on March 6 and 7. Hosted by HSP, one of the largest family history centers in the country with genealogical material from every state east of the Mississippi River, Family History Days will help take your genealogy research further than ever before.

Attendees will have the opportunity to:


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.



Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle
Film Screenings and Programs at Philadelphia Cultural Institutions

Philadelphia, PA – 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.