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Thursday, 9/13/12
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Mrs. Goodfellow was a cook and confectioner who conducted cooking classes in her pastry shop in early 19th-century Philadelphia. Becky Diamond, author of Mrs. Goodfellow: The Story of America’s First Cooking School, will discuss what it was like to be a student under her tutelage and Philadelphia’s role as the premiere food city of its day. The lecture will be accompanied by a display of documents from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s collection, including several historic cookbooks.

Tuesday, 9/11/12
Special Event

Sheila Connolly is currently the author of two mystery series, the Orchard Mysteries and the Museum Mysteries, and she will soon be introducing the County Cork Mysteries set in Ireland. She is also a former staff member at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Connolly will lead a lively discussion about how real events and people inspired her first Museum Mystery novel Fundraising the Dead, which is set at the fictional Society for the Preservation of Pennsylvania Antiquities.

Saturday, 9/8/12
Lecture/Panel Discussion

HSP staff will discuss the history of beekeeping in Philadelphia and the early beekeeping records from the Society’s collection, including those of Francis Daniel Pastorius, the founder of Germantown. This event is part of the Philadelphia Honey Festival. For more information about the festival, visit

Thursday, 8/2/12
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Join us for a lively debate between two historians who take opposing views on the need for thrift in America today. Princeton historian Sheldon Garon, author of Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves, and Rutgers historian James Livingston, author of Against Thrift: Why Consumer Culture Is Good for the Economy, the Environment and Your Soul, will argue their respective cases for and against thrift.

Sunday, 7/29/12
Teacher Workshop

Say the word "thrift" and people think of Benjamin Franklin and sayings like "a penny saved is a penny earned."  Or they might think about grandparents who suffered through the Great Depression and never stopped saving baggies and rubber bands.

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.