Young Friends

The Young Friends of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is a group of young adults between the ages of 21 and 45 who share a common appreciation for history. Through a variety of social and educational events, the Young Friends make history fun and relevant in today’s world. To join the Young Friends mailing list, e-mail your contact information to Bethany Chisholm at 

Why join the Young Friends?

  • Enjoy access to historic documents and records
  • Attend fun, exclusive events
  • Meet new friends who share your interests
  • Support the Historical Society of Pennsylvania through fund raising for the Adopt-a-Collection program (more information below)

Join HSP's Young Friends for a Historic Wine Tasting!


Get a taste of history’s favorite vintages! From the wine toasted after the signing of the Declaration of Independence to blends favored by modern-day presidents, guests will enjoy a unique blend of four different wines to taste, accompanied by a lively lecture from Vicki Miller of Vinocity exploring the history and revelance of each.  
Sponsored in part by Tria Cafe
Tickets are extremely limited, must be 21 or over to attend. 
Tickets are $25 ($30 at the door) and are available for purchase HERE or by contacting Bethany Chisholm at or calling (215) 732-6200 ext. 243. 


Making a Difference: The Adopt-a-Collection Program

The Young Friends of HSP know how to have a good time, but they are also dedicated to making a difference at the Society and the history community at large. The Young Friends have raised over $10,260 to date and fully adopted five important collections and funded additional small projects. Through their efforts these collections will become more accessible to the public. If you are interested in contributing to this important cause, please call Bethany Chisholm at 215-732-6200 ext. 243 or e-mail or

A Sampling of Young Friends' Adopted Collections

Pennsylvania Abolition Society Papers

ADOPTED ON 4/10/15!

The Papers of the PAS at HSP cover the period 1775 to 1975 and represent an extremely rich documentation of the workings of the abolition and anti-slavery movements as well as the Underground Railroad. A large part of the collection concerns the records of the Society general meeting and various committees, financial papers, minutes, and legal papers related to cases taken on by the PAS. In addition, the Society’s efforts to document and assist the free black community are represented in censuses and studies and the papers of the several PAS education boards and associations.

Balch Institute of Ethnic Images in Advertising Collection 

ADOPTED ON 11/21/13!

This collection features ethnic respresentation within American advertisements from the late 1890's to 1999. Spanning the decades, it is a fascinating tool for deciphering national sentiment on race, gender, and commercial consumerism through the years. The collection includes advertisements for alcoholic beverages, beauty products, automobiles, household appliances, and much more. 


The Trade Card Collection

ADOPTED ON 9/27/12!

These trade cards come from a wide variety of 19th- and early 20th-century businesses--from hat makers to soda companies to dry goods stores and blacksmiths. Some are simple and black and white, while others are colorful and decorative.