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Wednesday, 2/12/20
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Following the 2019 release of the popular biopic Harriet and the success of Colson Whitehead’s 2016 novel The Underground Railroad, it is evident that the Underground Railroad continues to influence our nation’s culture. Yet, the realities of the Underground Railroad are often conflated with myth, folklore, and legend. This event will feature a panel discussion on the myths surrounding the Underground Railroad, as well as a discussion of the Underground Railroad’s continued presence in American memory, media, and culture as HSP celebrates Black History Month.

Friday, 2/7/20
Special Event

Sex. Cards. Duels. Murder.

Philadelphia in the 1800s was the City of Brotherly Love and a haven of sin. Unlock the closets that hide our city's skeletons and discover this era was more arsenic than old lace. Join the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Young Friends for decadent bites, lush cocktails, and wicked entertainment at Victorian Vice. Don't forget to enter the raffle where you can win Urban Adventures gift certificates, Southwest Airlines plane tickets and more!

Wednesday, 12/18/19
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.
Wednesday, 12/4/19
Lecture/Panel Discussion
Join in on a cross-cultural dialogue about immigrant experiences and discuss the economic and social drivers that lead people to migrate.
Wednesday, 11/13/19
Special Event

Love history? Then join the Young Friends Board of the HSP at Love City Brewing. Grab a free drink and bar snacks, and learn about who we are and how we preserve the priceless collections of the Historical Society. And, prospective members can enter our raffle for a last-minute getaway: two Southwest Airline tickets, usable through 2019.

If you enjoy history and want to get involved in an active nonprofit, we'd love to meet you! 

Wednesday, 11/13/19
Lecture/Panel Discussion
Pennsylvania has long been a center of prison reform movements, yet today it stands out as a state with one of the highest incarceration rates in the nation. In conjunction with the October issue of PMHB, join a group of scholars for a conversation about how imprisonment has changed in the state, as well as how it connects to today’s crisis of mass incarceration. Teachers, activists, and interested members of the public are encouraged to attend.
Tuesday, 11/5/19
Lecture/Panel Discussion
Explore the early years of American furniture-making and artisan craftwork with historian and author Jay Robert Stiefel.
Tuesday, 10/22/19
Genealogy Workshop
In this hands-on workshop we will explore the major genealogy websites—Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, FindMyPast, and more—to ensure you understand and are utilizing all the software applications these genealogy resources offer.
Monday, 10/21/19
Teacher Workshop

Learn about how to integrate National History Day into your classroom and hear the details of this year’s theme: Breaking Barriers in History. Meet representatives from many of the libraries and museums who will be available to assist your students throughout the school year.  Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, 10/9/19
Lecture/Panel Discussion
In collaboration with Global Philadelphia, we’re reflecting on the city’s medical heritage with a talk featuring public historians and public health specialists, including Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley.
Wednesday, 10/2/19
Lecture/Panel Discussion
Explore immigration from a public health perspective through the stories of three local panelists.
Saturday, 9/28/19
Teacher Workshop
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania and Global Philadelphia Association are co-sponsoring an educators’ workshop using primary sources to teach about Philadelphia’s global medical heritage.

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