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Wednesday, 2/17/16
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Philadelphia has an extraordinarily rich and important musical history. From the late eighteenth century, when it was the political and cultural capital of the American colonies, to the present, the city has nurtured numerous ground breaking musical styles and artists and been at the forefront of some of the world’s most significant musical developments. Music historian Jack McCarthy explores some of the highlights of Philadelphia music over the course of the city’s 330+ year history.

Thursday, 2/25/16
Special Event

Get loud in the library this February with Swingin' at the Society as HSP transforms from a shushed library into a raucous dance hall. Dance the night away as the sounds of Jazz Age America fill HSP's halls with tunes from the Philadelphia-based band Bitters & Rye

Wednesday, 3/2/16
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Music has been used both as a vehicle for reform and repression during the pursuits of American ethnic and racial justice. Using historical sheet music, broadsides from local theaters, and musical recordings & performances, HSP explores the various ways Philadelphia popular culture has depicted American ethnic groups throughout the past two centuries with Sights & Sounds of our Multiethnic Past.

Tuesday, 3/8/16
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Almost 100 years to the day, the Philadelphia Orchestra performed the U.S. premier of Mahler's Symphony No. 8.  Join us for a panel discussion including historian Jack McCarthy and the Orchestra's Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin that explores the intimate connection between the “Symphony of a Thousand” and the international emergence of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Tuesday, 3/15/16

Over the past year, HSP’s Digital Services staff created several new databases for genealogists and family historians, making previously-inaccessible information available online for researchers. The display will include collection materials featured in the new databases. 

Friday, 3/18/16
Special Event

Whether you are new to genealogy or a seasoned researcher, find your story at HSP this spring with Family History Days.

On March 18 & 19, HSP is bringing together genealogy and family history professionals from around the world for the mid-Atlantic’s largest genealogy festival, featuring two days of presentations and workshops.

Thursday, 3/31/16
Lecture/Panel Discussion

John Fryer – disguised as Dr. Anonymous - urged doctors not to treat gays and lesbians as "sick."  But there was another man behind that mask:  a devoted choir and organ master.  Be the first to hear a newly digitized recording found in his collection as we explore what church music meant to him and how it evolves as society and culture change.

Wednesday, 4/6/16
Genealogy Workshop

This spring, 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.