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.


As part of the city-wide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Annual Reminder Demonstrations for gay rights, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the William Way LGBT Center are collaborating on Fighting Back: Defending the LGBT Mind...

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.

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.

Tuesday, 10/13/15 4:30pm
Teacher Workshop

Teachers of 6th-12th graders are invited to the National History Day Philly Kick-Off on Tuesday, October 13 at HSP.  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, 10/14/15 12:30pm

In 1972, a disguised speaker – Dr. Anonymous – addressed the American Psychiatric Association (APA) regarding its classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder. Until this time, homosexual men and women were considered ill, with the APA's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual recommending "cures" including electro-shock therapy and lobotomy.

The following year, the APA removed the classification, the culmination of Dr. Anonymous' work as well as the efforts of protestors Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings. 

Thursday, 10/15/15 4:00pm
Teacher Workshop

Co-sponsored  by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, this two hour workshop will provide teachers with in-depth background on the rich history of Germantown, as represented by five exceptional historic and cultural museums. It will provide resources (e.g., the Germantown Historical Society, museum educator-consultants, literature lists and websites) for teachers and students to explore this multicultural study of community history throughout the school year.

Sunday, 10/18/15 5:30pm

As part of the city-wide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Annual Reminder Demonstrations for gay rights, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the William Way LGBT Center are collaborating on Fighting Back: Defending the LGBT Mind and Body in Pennsylvania, an LGBT health history conference on October 18th & 19th. 

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.

Wednesday, 11/11/15 7:00pm
Special Event

Join WHYY, PlanPhilly, and HSP for a peak into Philadelphia’s past and a look forward into the future.

Wednesday, 11/18/15 6:30pm
Special Event

Discover one of the pioneers of the LGBT rights movement, Dr. John Fryer of Philadelphia – i.e. “Dr. Anonymous” – in this program combing performance and discussion.  Playwright Ain Gordon previews the first piece of his upcoming play, with seminal documents from the Fryer collection on view.

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.

Genealogical Consults are SOLD OUT through the end of 2015. Please stay tuned for additional opportunities in the new year!

Friday, 1/1/16 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.