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Wednesday, 9/23/09
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Kim Sajet, president of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, will examine the relationship between artists William Birch and David Kennedy. This is one in a five-part series of free lectures related to the exhibition West Philadelphia: Building a Community, which is on display at the Arthur Ross Gallery through October 11.

Thursday, 9/10/09

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has partnered with the Arthur Ross Gallery to present the exhibition West Philadelphia: Building a Community. The exhibition, which runs through October 11, explores the 19th-century architectural and urban development of West Philadelphia, as well as the highlights of today’s dynamic, multicultural community. Featured in the exhibit are more than a dozen watercolors from HSP’s collection by self-taught artist David J. Kennedy. Join us for a members-only lecture presented by Dr. Jeffrey Cohen of Bryn Mawr College, followed by a members’ reception.

Wednesday, 7/29/09

As many small historical societies do not have an in-house conservator, this workshop will introduce archivists to conservation basics. Learn how to identify materials and make minor repairs. The three-hour course will also address adhesive basics, housing materials, and tape and mold issues. Participants will receive a take-home tool kit, including a micro spatula, water brush, chemical sponge, bone folder, pH test pen, and paper samples. The workshop will be taught by Tara O'Brien, director of preservation and conservation at HSP.

Friday, 6/5/09
Lecture/Panel Discussion

The Multicultural Collaborative at Drexel University invites you to a lecture and dialogue with Professor Scott Kurashige. Kurashige, a professor at the University of Michigan, is an award-winning historian and community organizer. His book, The Shifting Grounds of Race: Black and Japanese Americans in the Making of Multiethnic Los Angeles, received the American Historical Association’s 2008 Albert J. Beveridge Award “for the best book in English on the history of the United States, Latin America, or Canada from 1492 to the present.”

Wednesday, 5/20/09

This PhilaPlace project workshop will suggest approaches for developing local history mapping lessons and discuss ways to incorporate immigration and oral history into such projects.

Tuesday, 5/19/09
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Join us for the opening preview of the India Merchants exhibit. Featuring a lecture by Susan S. Bean, author of Yankee India: American Commercial and Cultural Encounters with India in the Age of Sail 1784-1860 and curator of South Asian and Korean Art at the Peabody Essex Museum. Followed by an Indian music performance and a cocktail reception. Cosponsored by the Council of Indian Organizations in Greater Philadelphia.

Wednesday, 5/6/09
Teacher Workshop

This PhilaPlace project workshop will introduce teachers to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping and show how it can be a valuable tool to assess immigration and ethnic change over time.

Wednesday, 4/22/09
Lecture/Panel Discussion

A lecture by Harvey Kaye on Thomas Paine and the promise of America, looking at Paine’s influence throughout American history. This June marks the 200th anniversary of Paine's death. Presented by Moonstone Inc.

Wednesday, 4/15/09
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Philadelphia has been a major manufacturer of creative neon signage since the 1930s. Len Davidson, curator of the Neon Museum of Philadelphia and author of Vintage Neon, has collected and/or preserved more than 200 vintage signs. Through slides and discussion, he will delve into the story of this electrifying folk art.

Wednesday, 4/1/09
Lecture/Panel Discussion

David Haugaard, director of research services at HSP, tells the story of the rise and fall of the flamboyant Pennsylvania governor, Sir William Keith. His strong support for the rights of Quakers, his advocacy of paper money, and his apparent sympathy for ordinary Pennsylvanians made him a truly popular governor during most of his administration.

Wednesday, 3/25/09
Lecture/Panel Discussion

What were the roles of Betsy Ross, George Washington, and Francis Hopkinson in the creation of our symbolic circle of stars flag? John Balderston Harker, a fifth-generation descendent of Betsy Ross and author of Betsy Ross's Five Pointed Star, will question the long-standing belief that Hopkinson was the designer of our First Flag. Christian Johnson of American Historic Theater will argue on behalf of Hopkinson.

Wednesday, 3/11/09

Join HSP’s Director of Conservation Tara O’Brien as she shares her expertise on conserving and preserving many of the precious documents that are housed at HSP. Ms. O'Brien will share some tricks of the trade that you can use at home, as well as more complex techniques that she uses on site.