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.


Behind no less than five sets of locks – both electronic and analog, including a 19th century bank vault door – rest some of the most treasured items in HSP’s collection of over 21 million manuscripts, graphics, and books.

The roster of...

Upcoming Events

Monday, 8/24/15 12:00am

Behind no less than five sets of locks – both electronic and analog, including a 19th century bank vault door – rest some of the most treasured items in HSP’s collection of over 21 million manuscripts, graphics, and books.

The roster of items kept in HSP's most secure vault – such as many of our country’s founding documents  – reads like a list of materials viewable only through bullet-proof glass.

Wednesday, 9/16/15 1:00pm
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, 8/4/15 12:30pm

From the 18th century manuscript recipes of colonial chefs to the published volumes of restaurateurs in the 20th century, HSP’s newest document display serves up history hot and fresh this summer. Strange ingredients, stranger recipes, and 200 year-old crumbs and kettle burns: Historic Cookbooks at HSP has something for every palette.

Wednesday, 9/16/15 6:00pm
Special Event

On September 16, HSP will host an event to premier Politics in Graphic Detail:  Exploring History through Political Cartoons.  Over the course of the last two years, HSP has been working on this project, funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission's (NHPRC) Innovation in Archives and Documentary Editing program, intended to improve the image viewer that displays digitized materials from our collections.  This project, known as " Read More

Foundations of Genealogy has SOLD OUT! 

Wednesday, 9/30/15 12:30pm
Genealogy Workshop

This fall, 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, an 8-week course for family historians and genealogists seeking to become more effective and efficient researchers.

Wednesday, 10/7/15 5:00pm
Genealogy Workshop

Join us for an evening with The Legal Genealogist, Judy Russell, as she examines how Federal and State legal records can aid in the search for our ancestors. The evening begins with, “An Act for the Relief of Gregory Thomas and Others” – The Private Laws of the Federal and State Government, which discusses how many early and federal state laws were private laws written specifically for the benefit of individuals or families. These records can be a great find for genealogists. After a short break and some light refreshments, Ms.

Tuesday, 10/13/15 4:00pm
Teacher Workshop

National History Day (NHD) is a great program to help students in grades 6-12 practice research and critical thinking skills, elements important to their future in the workplace and school.  This workshop is for teachers who have worked with the NHD program before as well as those who would like to learn about it for the first time. 

Wednesday, 11/4/15 4:30pm
Teacher Workshop

Cartoons offer the viewer a variety of opinions based on the authors, often satirical, viewpoint. From anti-immigration to anti-slavery, adding visuals to your classroom allows students to make connections and understand the opinions of individuals who lived through the history they are studying. Often primary sources can be difficult for students to read and understand, so including visuals can bridge the gap and help students find the point of view in an engaging way.

Saturday, 12/5/15 9:30am
Teacher Workshop

William Penn has a rich and far reaching legacy particularly in the city of Philadelphia. During this workshop teachers will discover innovative and interdisciplinary ways to teach about William Penn and the founding of Pennsylvania using the educational resources of HSP and History Making Productions. Teachers will view sections of “A Lost World," discover original maps for the city of Philadelphia, and receive free resources tied to the PA and Common Core Standards. Act 48 credit will be available and lunch is included.