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Monday, 6/18/12

This summer marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.  Labeled as “Mr. Madison’s War,” this conflict ultimately helped to form policy and promote national self confidence. HSP will host a one day document display that includes letters, maps, diaries, and prints from both the American and British sides, including a copy of the "Star-Spangled Banner" handwritten by Francis Scott Key.

Thursday, 6/14/12
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Maps and mapmaking have played an important role in Pennsylvania’s history. Join us for a conversation about HSP’s extensive map collection, including such treasures as first map of Philadelphia, the Walking Purchase, and the John Wallis Map of the United States. The guest speaker will be Joseph Garver, Librarian for Research Services of the Harvard Map Collection. Followed by a reception and document viewing. Please RSVP to Aja Raymond via email at or call 215-732-6200 x214.

Friday, 6/1/12
Special Event

Join us for an authentic Civil War era dinner based on recipes from the 19th century cookbook by Ellen M. Emlen. The event will take place in the Founder’s Hall at the Union League of Philadelphia, and include discussion and commentary by Chef Martin during each of the four courses. Period music from HSP’s collection will accompany your dinner, and the original cookbook will be on display for the event.  Attendees will also receive a copy of the cookbook.

Please R.S.V.P. by May 28 to: 215-732-6200 Ext. 300 or

Thursday, 5/17/12

The Founder’s Award is HSP’s premier annual fundraising event, and recognizes individuals and/or organizations for their contributions to history and the preservation of cultural heritage. 

Thursday, 5/10/12

Proper archival procedures enable safe and effective management of collections.  Participants will learn about the fundamentals of archival appraisal, acquisition, and access; proper storage materials; and the most common preservation problems associated with paper-based archival collections.

Wednesday, 5/9/12
Lecture/Panel Discussion

This May marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Martin Delany, an African American abolitionist, Harvard-educated physician, and Civil War officer. Join us for a panel discussion about the history, science, and social ideologies surrounding Delany’s fascinating and powerful life story.

Tuesday, 4/17/12
Teacher Workshop

Explore the many neighborhoods of Philadelphia and the diversity of people who have lived and worked in the City through artifacts and documents.

Sunday, 4/15/12
Lecture/Panel Discussion

One hundred years ago the Titanic sunk to the astonishment of the world. On this anniversary we are taking a moment to honor and recognize two Philadelphia passengers, R. Norris Williams II and Harry Elkins Widener. One survived and one perished but both made an impact on the intellectual legacy of rare books and manuscripts in America.

Wednesday, 4/11/12
Lecture/Panel Discussion

HSP has a rich collection of photographs, from early daguerreotypes to rare crystoleums and even modern digital prints. At this event, HSP’s Photograph Conservator D’Arcy White will discuss the highlights of HSP’s fascinating photography archive—and the stories that they tell.

Tuesday, 4/3/12

Every institution struggles with pressure to be visible on the web and to make its collections accessible to wider audiences, and many face daunting hurdles to implementing digitization programs. This program will cover basic issues in digital preservation, including an introduction to digitization, and will provide information on handling guidelines for digitization, selection of materials, conducting pilot projects, creating access to digitized materials, funding sources, and the benefits of collaborating with other institutions.

Thursday, 3/29/12
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Treasures Society members and their guests are invited to a reception hosted by the Chairman of the Board of Councilors. Invitation to follow.

Wednesday, 3/28/12
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Philadelphia’s strong tradition of neighborhood distinctiveness has lasting power and deep roots.  In this culmination of the series, we look at the foundations of community experience. How do neighborhood ties unite and sometimes divide us? Across neighborhood boundaries, how do we form the common bonds of civic life?  This panel will be moderated by Carolyn Adams of Temple University with panelists including Linn Washington of Temple University, Domenic Vitiello of the University of Pennsylvania, and Thoai Nguyen of SEAMAAC, and Louis Massiah of Scribe Video.