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Wednesday, 10/16/13

To coincide with our grand reopening, HSP will be displaying selected treasures from the collection. These rare and unique items span across four centuries of our nation's history, from the founding of Pennsylvania to the civil rights movement.

Wednesday, 10/16/13
Special Event

Join us as we celebrate the reopening of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s redesigned lobby, library, and collection vaults. There will be special promotions and free events throughout the day.

Tuesday, 10/1/13
Genealogy Workshop

Now that you’ve identified the ancestral village of your ancestor, how do you find more information? This lecture, given by award-winning author, researcher, lecturer, and teacher Nancy Lee Waters Lauer, will explore the next steps in researching ancestral homelands and overcoming barriers like language and an ocean.

Tuesday, 9/24/13
Genealogy Workshop

Discover the role African American soldiers played in the U.S. Civil War, and what can be learned from records about their military service. This workshop will be led by Michael Hait, a professional genealogical researcher, writer, and lecturer, specializing in African American genealogy and Civil War records.

Tuesday, 9/17/13
Genealogy Workshop

Female ancestors are often the keepers of family traditions, heirlooms, photographs, memories, and records. Finding and identifying them, however, can be difficult since women lose their surname and property through marriage.

Friday, 6/7/13
Special Event

Politicians by day and beer drinkers by night, our Founding Fathers clearly appreciated a good brew. Philadelphia’s own Yard's Brewing Company has created ales based on 18th-century recipes made by eminent figures like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

Thursday, 5/30/13
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Samuel Powel has the distinction of being the last mayor of Philadelphia under British rule and the first after American Independence. Often referred to as Philadelphia’s “Patriot Mayor,” he is depicted as an early ardent supporter of the American cause. Join us as author David Maxey journeys back to the early years of the Revolution to take a closer look at Powel and his allegiance.

Monday, 5/13/13
Special Event

Does your Chester County-based historical organization hold archival materials (such as papers, letters, maps, ledgers, and photographs)? Would you like your archival collections surveyed by professional archivists and descriptions of your collections made accessible online?

Monday, 5/6/13
Genealogy Workshop

Learn how to verify family stories—from oral tradition to fact. Jeanie Chooey Low, author of China Connection: Finding Ancestral Roots for Chinese in America, will provide techniques for interviewing family members and deciphering gravestone inscriptions. She will discuss U.S. 20th-century immigration and naturalization case files, how to find and visit ancestral villages, and how to research war and census records. The presentation is for all levels of researchers and will be presented in English.

Thursday, 4/25/13

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham will be the honoree at this year’s Founder’s Award Dinner on April 25.

Monday, 4/22/13

Are you having trouble finding, training and retaining volunteers? Join us on April 22 and May 13 at the Bucks County Historical Society's Mercer Museum as we look at the challenges of volunteerism today and discuss strategies for meeting those challenges.

Saturday, 4/13/13
Special Event

Explore the archive at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania through the puppetry and theatrical performance of artist Sebastienne Mundheim. HSP has partnered with Mundheim to participate in the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA). This year the festival celebrates time travel...what better way to do that than through the magic of an archive—a paper time machine.