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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. 


Wednesday, 9/19/18 1:30 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.

Wednesday, 10/3/18 5:30 pm
Teacher Workshop

Civil rights, elections, protest, and police actions: How do we help our students understand how the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and the Civil Rights Movement still affect us America today?


Thursday, 10/11/18 1:30 pm
Genealogy Workshop

This 10-hour program is designed to explore the wealth of information which may be available for ancestors who served in a military capacity. Find out where to locate resources like Revolutionary War militia records, complied military service records, veterans’ compensation records, and discover tools to dig into and understand the information inside.

Wednesday, 10/24/18 6:00 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Not just for entertainment, music, movies, and even comic books often reflect and address real societal issues. Guest speakers will explore the political role of art during one of the most turbulent periods of the 20th century.

Thursday, 10/25/18 6:00 pm
Special Event

The Young Friends’ first fundraiser of the 2018-19 season will celebrate our beloved city’s deeply rooted theater traditions with historical documents, cocktails, and fare.

Monday, 10/29/18 4:00 pm
Teacher Workshop

Explore resources for integrating the award-winning project-based curriculum National History Day into 6th to 12th grade classrooms.


Saturday, 11/3/18 10:00 am
Teacher Workshop

The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania are combining forces to explore the use of art and archival material as primary sources in the classroom.


Wednesday, 11/14/18 6:30 pm
Workshop

Historian Edward Lengel will reveal stories of the so-called Lost Battalion from World War I in this author talk and book signing.


Thursday, 11/15/18 6:00 pm
Special Event

One in seven Americans ate fast food today. Did you? In anticipation of National Fast Food Day (celebrated on November 16), food historian Andrew F. Smith will dive into the history of this $110-billion-dollar industry in America.

Thursday, 11/15/18 6:00 pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Food is one of the strongest identifiers of place and home, and as such it can unite and separate us. This unique program will feature a panel discussion and cooking demonstration with culinary leaders in Philadelphia whose identities have informed their approach to cooking and food as vehicles for learning and community building. Join us at the Culinary Literacy Center of the Free Library of Philadelphia, share your own experiences, and enjoy tastings in the kitchen.


Saturday, 11/17/18 10:00 am
Special Event

Join us at for a celebration of Philadelphia’s vibrant food culture, with vendors, activities, and lectures happening throughout the day!

Saturday, 12/1/18 9:30 am
Teacher Workshop

50 years after 1968, we are still living in its shadow. At this workshop with History Making Productions, educators will discover new film and primary source resources to teach about Vietnam War, the Cold War, civil rights, and youth culture