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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, 9/18/19 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.

Wednesday, 9/25/19 1:00 pm
Genealogy Workshop

Foundations of Genealogy I is an 8-week course for beginning and experienced family historians alike. Discover effective research methods, learn how to understand different types of historical documents, and find online resources to uncover your family story.

Monday, 10/21/19 4:00 pm
Teacher Workshop

Learn about how to integrate National History Day into your classroom and hear the details of this year’s theme: Breaking Barriers in History. Meet representatives from many of the libraries and museums who will be available to assist your students throughout the school year.  Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, 10/22/19 1:00 pm
Genealogy Workshop

In this hands-on workshop we will explore the major genealogy websites—,, FindMyPast, and more—to ensure you understand and are utilizing all the software applications these genealogy resources offer.

Tuesday, 11/5/19 6:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Explore the early years of American furniture-making and artisan craftwork with historian and author Jay Robert Stiefel.

Wednesday, 11/13/19 6:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Pennsylvania has long been a center of prison reform movements, yet today it stands out as a state with one of the highest incarceration rates in the nation. In conjunction with the October issue of PMHB, join a group of scholars for a conversation about how carceral practices have changed in the state, as well as how they connect to today’s crisis of mass incarceration. Teachers, activists, and interested members of the public should attend.

Wednesday, 12/4/19 6:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Join in on a cross-cultural dialogue about immigrant experiences and discuss the economic and social drivers that lead people to migrate for work.

Wednesday, 2/26/20 1:00 pm
Genealogy Workshop

Develop and strengthen your genealogy skills in this hands-on, in-depth course. This series is intended for those who already have some familiarity and experience with family history research.

Take advantage of discounted Early Bird admission through October 31, 2019!

Monday, 8/3/20 8:30 am
HSP presents a week-long genealogy course designed to explore the records and repositories available for researching ancestors in Pennsylvania. This is a complete “how to” course, training you to use the resources available at HSP and elsewhere to uncover your family’s story!