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Tuesday, 4/2/19
Teacher Workshop

In the 1790s, self-liberated slaves in Haiti fought for their independence from French colonial rule. While the Haitian people ultimately won their independence, hundreds of slaveholders fled from Santo Domingo to Philadelphia during the conflict, bringing their slaves with them and perpetuating their captivity.

Thursday, 3/28/19
Lecture/Panel Discussion
Chinese restaurants, Korean dry cleaners, Vietnamese nail salons: the phenomenon of immigrant work clusters is pervasive enough to elicit both stereotypes and serious study. What’s driving immigrants to these particular industries with long hours and low pay? We’ll bring together a panel of Philadelphians to share their own experiences.
Saturday, 3/16/19
Enjoy breakfast, in-depth genealogy courses for beginners and intermediate researchers, and take advantage of one-on-one service with our librarians and family history experts. This free event is open to Friends of HSP and graduates of Foundations of Genealogy I or II.
Thursday, 3/14/19
The 1800s and early 1900s were an era of both headway and urgency in Philadelphia, with nationally-known figures like Frederick Douglass and W.E.B. Du Bois agitating for equality alongside Philadelphians like Octavius Catto and Emiliee Davis. Join the Young Friends Board for a free special viewing of curated documents from this era, and hear from black history researchers about the historical significance of these items.
Tuesday, 3/12/19
Special Event
Celebrate Women’s History Month with a living history performance that pays homage the United States’ Teacher in Space program and the crew of NASA’s Space Shuttle. Suitable for all ages.
Tuesday, 3/5/19
Genealogy Workshop
Learn the basics of DNA research as well as its limitations in this instructive course for genealogists, which will equip participants with the knowledge necessary to integrate this exciting area of science into their own family research.
Saturday, 3/2/19
This summer HSP and Taller Puertorriqueño will launch an online exhibition about the development of distinct Puerto Rican neighborhoods in Philadelphia. Join us to provide feedback on the in-progress exhibition!
Thursday, 2/28/19
Special Event

Join HSP's Young Friends at Goose Island's Philly Brewhouse for beer, small plates, and food for thought.

Wednesday, 2/6/19
Genealogy Workshop
Join us for a presentation and discussion on conducting genealogical research for your African American ancestors. Hear personal stories of the journey to discovering family history and methods and resources through which you can trace your own family’s past. SOLD OUT!
Thursday, 1/17/19
Lecture/Panel Discussion
In celebration of Benjamin Franklin's 313th birthday, we're welcoming author Nick Bunker to present his new account of Franklin's early life.
Wednesday, 1/16/19
Teacher Workshop
This workshop is at capacity. Please put your name on the waitlist and you will be notified if a spot becomes available.
Saturday, 11/17/18
Special Event
Join us at for a celebration of Philadelphia’s vibrant food culture, with vendors, activities, and lectures happening throughout the day!