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Wednesday, 5/29/19
Lecture/Panel Discussion
How can humanities—the study and practice of history, literature, and art—help veterans contextualize their role in armed conflict and to reintegrate into society? In this program, hear how participating in conversations about World War I, the Vietnam War, and the Global War on Terror through a humanities lens provided veterans, their family members, and civilians with avenues for discussion and shared understanding.
Wednesday, 5/15/19

Join HSP and WHYY for a screening of the new season of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. Enjoy light food and beverages, watch a special highlights reel of unbelievable moments from Season Five of the show, and listen to a panel discussion featuring genealogical experts.

Are you thinking about exploring your genealogy or family history? Come with questions and talk to the experts in the field!

Wednesday, 5/8/19
Lecture/Panel Discussion
This program has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience!
Friday, 5/3/19
Special Event
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania hosts the annual Founder's Award on Friday, May 3. Join us as we honor historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annette Gordon-Reed with the Founder's Award.
Wednesday, 4/24/19
Philadelphia has come a long way since horse-drawn carriages. Dive into the history of mass transit in Philadelphia from the 1800s to the present.
Thursday, 4/11/19
Lecture/Panel Discussion
This event will be rescheduled in Fall 2019. Through the story of a portrait of a woman in a silk dress, historian Zara Anishanslin explores and refines debates about the cultural history of the 18th-century British Atlantic world.
Tuesday, 4/2/19
In the 1790s, in the midst of the Haitian Revolution, hundreds of slaveholders relocated from Santo Domingo to Philadelphia, bringing their slaves with them. Under the guidance of historian Scott Heerman, you’ll use historical maps and documents to rethink what it meant to be enslaved at this time and reexamine what it meant to be an abolitionist.
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.