Calendar

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, 1/21/15 4:00pm
Special Event

On the third Wednesday of every month from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., professional genealogists from the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) will be available to discuss your research. These one-on-one consultations are designed for beginner and experienced genealogists alike: schedule a forty-five minute consultation to help get the answers you need, find your long lost ancestor, develop a research plan, or break through that brickwall research problem! Space is limited, so reserve your consult today!

Tuesday, 3/3/15 5:30pm
Special Event

Join us for an exclusive event featuring a reception at the studio of a prominent contemporary artist followed by a tour of a private collection of rare 18th-century Philadelphia furniture and 20th-century fine art. Space is extremely limited, and reservations are required. Further details on where the event will take place will be provided upon reservation. 

Wednesday, 3/4/15 4:30pm
Teacher Workshop

As a precursor to our family history day event, HSP is excited to host a genealogy workshop designed for educators. The event will take place Wednesday, March 4th from 4:30-6:30pm and will introduce teachers to ways they can utilize the archives for genealogy research, both in the classroom and for themselves.

The Personal Genealogical Consultations are SOLD OUT!  You can be added to the wait list using this form.

Friday, 3/6/15 9:00am
Conference

For many, history is personal. Whether a beginner or a seasoned genealogist, learn new ways to discover and celebrate your family history with a two-day conference on March 6 and 7. Hosted by HSP, one of the largest family history centers in the country with genealogical material from every state east of the Mississippi River, Family History Days will help take your genealogy research further than ever before. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

Wednesday, 3/11/15 6:00pm
Genealogy Workshop

Learn how to research your ancestors’ Revolutionary War military records.  Discover how to navigate some of the difficulties of researching at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.  In addition, techniques and strategies to conduct effective searches for these records both online and offline will be explored.

Thursday, 3/12/15 6:00pm
Special Event

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, HSP has partnered with area institutions to host events based on Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. These four documentaries feature riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America. Events will focus on whether or not equality is ensured with the passage of new laws or amendments.

Wednesday, 3/18/15 6:00pm
Genealogy Workshop

New to the idea that DNA can help with genealogy? Learn about the three major test types - YDNA, mitochondrial (mtDNA) and the newest autosomal DNA testing - and see what each offers to the genealogist.

Thursday, 3/26/15 6:00pm
Special Event

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, HSP has partnered with area institutions to host events based on Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. These four documentaries feature riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America. Events will focus on whether or not equality is ensured with the passage of new laws or amendments.

Wednesday, 4/8/15 6:30pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

What do we do when we do not know all the facts?  When we present history, we inevitably fill in the gaps, create the voices that spoke, the characters that lived. Historian Jane Kamensky, filmmaker Louis Massiah, and playwright Ain Gordon will lead a panel discussion about how historians and artists handle this predicament. “An Artist Embedded” programs are supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Thursday, 4/9/15 6:00pm
Special Event

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, HSP has partnered with area institutions to host events based on Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. These four documentaries feature riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America. Events will focus on whether or not equality is ensured with the passage of new laws or amendments.

Wednesday, 4/15/15 6:00pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Journalist Peter Binzen and his son, Jonathan, will discuss their new book, Richardson Dilworth: The Last of the Bare Knuckled Aristocrats.  Binzen knew Dilworth well, covering him for many years as a reporter. A politician and liberal reformer, Richardson Dilworth served as mayor of Philadelphia from 1956-1962.  Among his many achievements, his vision for the city shaped much of what we recognize about Philadelphia today: Independence Mall, Society Hill, SEPTA, and the public park system.

Tuesday, 4/28/15 4:30pm
Teacher Workshop

This teacher workshop discusses nineteenth-century scientific practice by women and girls that is often excluded from the traditional historical narrative. It offers hands-on strategies for integrating humanities topics with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) by using real 19th century textbooks and experiments. Documents will include primary materials and texts, some created by women, with the opportunity to learn how they were used and why they are still important today.

Wednesday, 5/13/15 6:30pm
Lecture/Panel Discussion

As playwright Ain Gordon uncovers new stories about American struggles for “ liberty and freedom for all,”  we invite the public to learn more about African American women of the early 1800s who worked to end slavery, and to consider how this history illuminates our lives today.  “An Artist Embedded” programs are supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and will include a dramatic reading by Ain Gordon.

Sunday, 6/21/15 3:00pm
Teacher Institute

Applications are now being accepted for this new NEH-funded teacher workshop.  Cultures of Independence: Perspectives on Independence Hall and the Meaning of Freedom will raise awareness of how Independence Hall has been involved in the ongoing process of creating a nation and civic life, not just in the magical moment of July 1776.  During each day of  a week-long workshop, 36 teachers will be immersed in a process of discovering and developing strategies for teaching the ongoing history of the American independence

Sunday, 7/26/15 3:00pm
Teacher Institute

Applications are now being accepted for this new NEH-funded teacher workshop.  Cultures of Independence: Perspectives on Independence Hall and the Meaning of Freedom will raise awareness of how Independence Hall has been involved in the ongoing process of creating a nation and civic life, not just in the magical moment of July 1776.  During each day of  a week-long workshop, 36 teachers will be immersed in a process of discovering and developing strategies for teaching the ongoing history of the American independence