HSP holds a variety of events throughout the year, including genealogy workshops, lectures and panel discussions, tours, and teacher workshops. Events are held at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania at 1300 Locust Street in Philadelphia unless noted otherwise.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, 3/21/18 1:00 pm
Special Event

On the third Wednesday of every month at 1:00, 3:00, and 5:00 p.m., professional genealogists from the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) will be available to help take your family history research to the next level. These one-on-one consultations are designed for beginner and experienced genealogists alike. 

Tuesday, 1/2/18 12:30 pm

Wednesday, 1/31/18 6:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Thursday, 2/15/18 5:00 pm

As part of our spring programming featuring a presentation from author James Wolfinger recounting the history of Philadelphia’s sprawling public transportation system from the 1880s to the 1960s., HSP is offering a Teacher Workshop and educational resources.

Thursday, 2/15/18 6:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Philadelphia exploded in violence in 1910. The general strike that year claimed the lives of some two dozen people and made Philadelphia a prominent point in the tumultuous national conflict over workers’ rights. That strike was a notable point, but not a unique one, in the history of Philadelphia’s transit system. In this presentation, author James Wolfinger recounts the history of Philadelphia’s sprawling public transportation system to explore how labor relations shifted from the 1880s to the 1960s.

Thursday, 2/22/18 6:30 pm
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust St.
19107 Philadelphia , PA
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Tigermilk to GiggleJuice: A History of Prohibition Cocktails
Join the Young Friends of HSP on February 22, 2018 for a Prohibition Cock

Saturday, 2/24/18 9:00 am
Genealogy Workshop

This spring, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania in partnership with professional genealogist Sydney F. Cruice Dixon will host Foundations of Genealogy: Getting Started and Doing It Right the First Time, a 4-week course for family historians and genealogists seeking to become more effective and efficient researchers.

Wednesday, 3/28/18 6:30 pm
Special Event

Deborah Samson [Sampson], the first woman to enlist, to fight, and to be honorably discharged from the American Military captivates audiences in an hour-long program chronicling her life. An indentured servant by age five, Deborah grew up in a man's world, where women were naught but second-class citizens. Without the ability to vote or to own property, Deborah knew her options were limited; breaking the rules may be necessary to accomplish a greater goal in life.

Wednesday, 6/20/18 6:00 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Monday, 7/30/18 8:30 am


July 30 – August 3, 2018

HSP presents a week-long genealogy course designed to explore the records and repositories available for researching ancestors in Pennsylvania. A complete “How to” course, training you to use the resources available at HSP and elsewhere to uncover your family’s story!


Monday, 8/13/18 9:00 am

HSP presents an in-depth, 4-day class series on researching family in the British Isles. Through these expert-taught classes, you’ll learn how to conduct genealogical research in Scotland, Ireland and England. Classes in using DNA to conduct research are also a part of the curriculum.

Learn how and where research on British family can be conducted, and what information can be discovered!