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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, 12/18/19 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.

Friday, 2/7/20 6:30 pm
Special Event

Sex. Cards. Duels. Murder.

Philadelphia in the 1800s was the City of Brotherly Love and a haven of sin. Unlock the closets that hide our city's skeletons and discover this era was more arsenic than old lace. Join the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Young Friends for decadent bites, lush cocktails, and wicked entertainment at Victorian Vice. 

Wednesday, 2/12/20 6:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Following the 2019 release of the Oscar-nominated biopic Harriet and the success of Colson Whitehead’s 2016 novel The Underground Railroad, it is evident that the Underground Railroad continues to influence our nation’s history and culture. Yet, the realities of the Underground Railroad are often conflated with myth, folklore, and legend.

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.

Thursday, 2/27/20 6:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Learn more about the history of Lenape peoples in this region both historically and in contemporary times. Conversation will include discussion about the controversial federal recognition claim.  Confirmed speakers thus far are Nanticoke-Lenape tribal historians, including Cara Blume, whose research was the foundation for federal recognition claims for the Delaware and New Jersey Lenape tribe, Curtis Zunigha from the Delaware Tribe of Indians and the Reverend John Norwood, first principal justice of the Tribal Supreme Court.

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!