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Friends Day

Saturday, 9/29/18
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street
19107 Philadelphia , PA

Enjoy breakfast with fellow history fans, take advantage of one-on-one service with our staff and genealogy experts, and tour HSP’s active processing, conservation, and digital labs.

This event is free and only open to Friends of HSP (Researcher level and above).


Friends Day Events

Research in the Library

Please note the change in paging requirements

Friends who are interested in researching in the library must request collections to be paged in advance so your documents are waiting for you when you arrive. If you have any questions about the pre-paging process, please contact Lynette Zimmerman at

Tours of HSP

Take a 30 minute behind-the-scenes tour to see staff-only areas like our collections vaults, our Conservation Laboratory, our Digital Laboratory, and our Processing rooms.

Attend Lectures

Ever felt intimidated when approaching a Reference Librarian? Does the concept of Research make you faint? Well, get over it! Librarians are your friends; research is fun.


8:30am- Doors open at HSP. Check in at our front desk, get a locker, sign up for a tour if you’re interested, and head upstairs to the Patterson Room for breakfast.

9:00am- First lecture begins in the Patterson Room

10:00am- Second Lecture begins in Patterson Room

11:00am- First tour group departs from the lobby

11:00am- The Reading Room opens for research. If you are interested in seeing restricted items, please make sure you request them in advance.

12:00pm- Second tour group departs

1:00pm- Reading Room closes