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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, 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, 4/3/18 12:30 pm
Exhibit/Display

Fifty years ago this country was at war—both at home and abroad. During this time of conflict, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. championed civil rights through nonviolent protest in the face of oppression, ignorance, fear, and violence. A new document display examines his legacy.

Wednesday, 5/2/18 6:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

A small pocket diary, with a plain brown cover and no identifying markings, holds the sole surviving firsthand account of the death of George Washington.

Wednesday, 5/23/18 6:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Join us for an examination of the immigration histories of several of Philadelphia's most populous Asian ethnic communities. Starting with a broad overview of overtly xenophobic legislation which prevented large-scale Asian migration for much of the 19th and 20th centuries, subject matter experts from the Japanese, Chinese, South Asian, and Southeast Asian American communities will discuss the unique circumstances that led each of their communities to call Philadelphia home.

Wednesday, 6/6/18 5:30 pm
Teacher Workshop

An Immigrant Heritage Month Program:  How does the acquisition of English affect the immigrant experience in the U.S., especially across generations?  How is assimilation in all aspects of life affected by the language one speaks?  During the teacher workshop, we will consider how language acquisition affects life outcomes and the role schools have played in English language learning.  Leave with knowledge and resources for putting this hot topic into a historical context for students.


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

An Immigrant Heritage Month Program:  How does the acquisition of English affect the immigrant experience in the U.S., especially across generations?  How is assimilation in all aspects of life affected by the language one speaks?  For this program during Immigrant Heritage Month, we will consider how language acquisition affects life outcomes, both from our moderator, sociology professor Dr.


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

This panel will bring together Muslim American community members who have witnessed the state’s changing landscape. Panelists will share their experiences and recount focal incidents that shaped their congregations and Muslim life in Pennsylvania. A musical performance by Muslim jazz artists will expand the panel’s focus to Pennsylvania’s soundscapes and Muslim influence on music.

Friday, 7/13/18 5:00 pm
Special Event

Join us for an exciting around-the-town scavenger hunt that will get you racing through Philadelphia history while biking or walking down the city’s streets with friends and competitors.
 
Organized by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Race Through Time is a biking and walking competition. Participating racers will form teams of two to five and together, work to solve a packet of 20 clues that reveal places in Philadelphia that hold historical significance to the 1960s.
 

Monday, 7/30/18 8:30 am
Class

 

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!