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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, 9/19/18 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. 

Thursday, 2/28/19 6:30 pm
Special Event

Join HSP's Young Friends at Goose Island's Philly Brewhouse for beer, small plates, and food for thought.

Saturday, 3/2/19 3:00 pm

This summer HSP and Taller Puertorriqueño will launch an online exhibition about the development of distinct Puerto Rican neighborhoods in Philadelphia. Join us to provide feedback on the in-progress exhibition!

Tuesday, 3/5/19 1:00 pm
Genealogy Workshop

Learn the basics of DNA research as well as its limitations in this instructive course for genealogists, which will equip participants with the knowledge necessary to integrate this exciting area of science into their own family research.

Wednesday, 3/6/19 1:00 pm
Genealogy Workshop

Foundations of Genealogy I is perfect for beginning and experienced family historians alike. The 8-week course will train participants in effective research methods, how to understand different types of historical documents, and how to utilize online resources to uncover their family story.

Tuesday, 3/12/19 6:00 pm
Special Event

Celebrate Women’s History Month with a living history performance that pays homage the United States’ Teacher in Space program and the crew of NASA’s Space Shuttle. Suitable for all ages.

Thursday, 3/14/19 6:00 pm
The 1800s and early 1900s were an era of both headway and urgency in Philadelphia, with nationally-known figures like Frederick Douglass and W.E.B. Du Bois agitating for equality alongside Philadelphians like Octavius Catto and Emiliee Davis. Join the Young Friends Board for a free special viewing of curated documents from this era, and hear from black history researchers about the historical significance of these items.

Saturday, 3/16/19 8:30 am
Enjoy breakfast, in-depth genealogy courses for beginners and intermediate researchers, and take advantage of one-on-one service with our librarians and family history experts. This free event is open to Friends of HSP and graduates of Foundations of Genealogy I or II.

Thursday, 3/28/19 6:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Chinese restaurants, Korean dry cleaners, Vietnamese nail salons: the phenomenon of immigrant work clusters is pervasive enough to elicit both stereotypes and serious study. What’s driving immigrants to these particular industries with long hours and low pay? We’ll bring together a panel of Philadelphians to share their own experiences.

Tuesday, 4/2/19 6:30 pm
In the 1790s, in the midst of the Haitian Revolution, hundreds of slaveholders relocated from Santo Domingo to Philadelphia, bringing their slaves with them. Under the guidance of historian Scott Heerman, you’ll use historical maps and documents to rethink what it meant to be enslaved at this time and reexamine what it meant to be an abolitionist.

Thursday, 4/11/19 6:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Through the story of a portrait of a woman in a silk dress, historian Zara Anishanslin explores and refines debates about the cultural history of the 18th-century British Atlantic world.

Tuesday, 4/16/19 1:00 pm
Genealogy Workshop

This course will guide you on the best practices for researching your Irish ancestors, from uncovering invaluable record sets to utilizing free resources online that bring you closer to your heritage.

Wednesday, 4/24/19 6:30 pm
Philadelphia has come a long way since horse-drawn carriages. Dive into the history of mass transit in Philadelphia from the 1800s to the present.

Friday, 5/3/19 6:00 pm

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania celebrates the 2019 Founder's Award gala on Friday, May 3. Join us as we honor historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annette Gordon-Reed with the Founder's Award.

Wednesday, 5/8/19 6:30 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

150 years after the laying of the “Golden Spike,” learn how the Transcontinental Railroad fundamentally reshaped the way Americans travel and about the laborers who made it a reality.

Wednesday, 5/29/19 6:00 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

In collaboration with Warrior Writers we’re hosting an evening of reflection, discussion and art inspired by small-group discussions previously held at HSP. Participants in these groups discussed WWI, the Vietnam War, and the Global War on Terror through the themes of suffering, heroism, anti-war activism and homecoming. During this evening of reflection, facilitators, veterans, and family members will share their thoughts and we hope you will join us to engage in the journey of reintegration.

Wednesday, 6/12/19 6:00 pm
Special Event

Father Judge High School in Philadelphia suffered more fatalities in the Vietnam War than any other Catholic high school in America. Join us for a screening of a new, feature-length documentary film recounting the lives, military service, and deaths of the students who perished during the war and the lingering impact those losses still have on the community.

Wednesday, 6/26/19 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.

Monday, 7/29/19 8:30 am
Genealogy Workshop

Join us for a week-long genealogy course that provides a complete "how to" training on using HSP's archives to explore your family history. From learning about the types of records available to how to locate them, you'll walk away from Researching Family in Pennsylvania with a variety of important genealogical research skills.