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.

Press Releases


PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania—The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, one of the largest and most comprehensive genealogical centers in the nation, and FamilySearch, a nonprofit premier family history and records preservation organization, announced a joint initiative to digitally preserve select collections of the historical society’s vast holdings, starting with compiled family histories online. The project is now underway, and the digitized documents will be freely accesible at 


The Historical Society of Pennsylvania with its area partners announce teacher institutes for the summer of 2015.



The final weeks of Blue Star Museums 2014 are upon us! HSP is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.


Philadelphia, PA —

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Great Central Fair with a special document display exploring Philadelphia's patriotic philanthropy. 

The display, titled “Crowd-funding in the Civil War: Philadelphia and the Great Central Fair”, runs August 19 -September 12.


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.