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Saturday, 6/14/14

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is proud to be a National Audience Partner with the Smithsonian for Anthem for America. To give Philadelphia a leading voice in the “Song Heard Round the World”, the U.S. Army Voices will be leading group-sing of the national anthem at 4:00pm on Saturday, June 14, 2014, on the front lawn of the National Constitution Center.

Friday, 6/13/14
Special Event

Join the Young Friends for an evening of hors d’oeuvres and drinks from our friends at Tria Café and Narragansett Brewing Company on June 13 from 6 – 8 pm as we pay homage to Philadelphia’s own WWII Stage Door Canteen! Get in the spirit with a performance from the renowned Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus, then enjoy our collection of photos from the Stage Door Canteen, and purchase raffle tickets for $5 each - or $20 for 5 - for a chance to win prizes provided by local businesses and cultural attractions.

Tuesday, 6/10/14


In commemoration of Flag Day and the bicentennial of the Star-Spangled Banner, HSP will display collection highlights relating to both of our national standards: the anthem and flag. This includes Key’s handwritten copy of the Star-Spangled Banner, one of only three in existence. 

Tuesday, 5/6/14
Teacher Workshop

Learn how to teach about American labor history at this workshop, led by Karalyn McGrorty-Derstine, HSP’s 2013 Beneficial NHD Teacher Fellow. 

Thursday, 5/1/14

HSP honored presidential historian and best-selling author Michael Beschloss with the Founder’s Award at its annual gala at The Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia.

Tuesday, 4/22/14

HSP will have on display a selection of its most interesting and entertaining political cartoons, many produced by masters of American political cartooning. This display also includes a special same-day printing offer on selected political cartoons in-person at HSP's Front Desk!

Thursday, 4/3/14
Lecture/Panel Discussion

The Pythians black baseball team in Philadelphia had its first full season here in Philadelphia in 1867. The Pythians' story is about more than just baseball. Their games spawned social gatherings where players and their supporters discussed segregation and voting rights.

Wednesday, 3/26/14
Genealogy Workshop

Join us for two genealogy workshops, led by German American genealogy expert James M. Beidler.

Saturday, 3/15/14

Whether you are new to or a longtime user, Ancestry Day is an event you don’t want to miss. This full day of classes will help you take your genealogy research further than ever before.

Tuesday, 3/4/14

This display will include some of the most historic and decorative family trees and genealogical charts from our collection, including a chart showing Benjamin Franklin and his 16 siblings.

Friday, 2/28/14
Lecture/Panel Discussion

The reverse underground railroad—the black market underworld in which legally free people were kidnapped and traded as slaves—has been thrust into the public spotlight with the recent release of the critically acclaimed film 12 Years a Slave

Tuesday, 2/18/14

In honor of Presidents' Day, HSP presents a selection of George Washington related materials from our collection including a first hand account of the death of Washington, and a memorabilia case that contains a lock of Washington's hair! The display also features an autographed letter, handwritten by Washington, celebrating the liberation of Philadelphia from British forces in 1778.