Past Events

Monday, 8/24/15
Tour

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.

Tuesday, 8/4/15
Exhibit/Display

From the 18th century manuscript recipes of colonial chefs to the published volumes of restaurateurs in the 20th century, HSP’s newest document display serves up history hot and fresh this summer. Strange ingredients, stranger recipes, and 200 year-old crumbs and kettle burns: Historic Cookbooks at HSP has something for every palette.

Sunday, 7/26/15
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

Tuesday, 7/7/15
Teacher Workshop

Ever wonder how we managed to fund the Continental Army without the ability to levy taxes? Ever thought about how to teach westward expansion as a game? Do you feel that students today need more preparation in financial literacy? Then consider our summer teacher workshop!

Tuesday, 6/23/15
Exhibit/Display

Independence Hall stands as one of our nation's most recognizable landmarks. In popular memory, the former Pennsylvania state house is intricately woven into the early fabric of our country and our city. As a symbol of justice, equality, and freedom, only the national flag is more familiar to Americans.

Sunday, 6/21/15
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

Monday, 6/15/15
Special Event
Get a taste of history’s favorite vintages! From the wine toasted after the signing of the Declaration of Independence to blends favored by modern-day presidents, guests will enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a unique blend of four different wines to taste, accompanied by a lively lecture from Vicki Miller of Vinocity exploring the history and revelance of each.
Wednesday, 6/3/15
Lecture/Panel Discussion

On July 4, 1965, 7 women and 33 men picketed in front of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall.  On the very spot where Americans first asserted their rights and liberties, this small group of activists demanded equality for gays and lesbians. From these humble beginnings would emerge the Annual Reminder picket, one of the first organized gay rights demonstrations in the country.

Wednesday, 5/13/15
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Freedom and liberty – How are they defined and for whom are they granted?

Tuesday, 5/12/15
Exhibit/Display

Recognizing the achievements of women in all facets of life – science, government, literature, and art – HSP’s newest document display showcases exceptional women from our collection.

From the “First Female Governor” Hannah Penn, through the experiences of Sumiko Kobayahsi and other Japanese-Americans interned during the Second World War, Exceptional Women in Pennsylvania encourages discovering stories about our mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers to help us better understand their lives, the challenges they faced, and ultimately, ourselves.

Tuesday, 4/28/15
Teacher Workshop

It wasn’t just men that were shaping scientific practices in the 19th century; women had a big impact, too! Discover how these savvy ladies’ handmade herbaria and school books influenced scientific thinking over a hundred years ago. Learn new ways to replicate their experiments and see some unique items from the Historical Society’s collections. Documents will include ready-made lesson plans, primary source materials, and texts, some created by women, with the opportunity to learn how they were used and why they are still important today.

Wednesday, 4/22/15
Exhibit/Display

Much of what we consider “history” focuses on mankind, leaving the study of the natural world to “science”.  But our understanding of the universe has changed drastically over time, and what we consider “science” has changed with it.