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Wednesday, 6/6/18
Lecture/Panel Discussion
Wednesday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. Even though English isn't the official language of the United States, knowing the language—or not—makes a difference in how someone navigates all the ins and outs of life in this country, from transportation to healthcare to civic engagement. Hear some firsthand experiences from our panelists and moderator Faye Allard.
Wednesday, 6/6/18
Teacher Workshop

An Immigrant Heritage Month Program:  How does the acquisition of English affect the immigrant experience in the U.S., especially across generations?  How is assimilation in all aspects of life affected by the language one speaks?  During the teacher workshop, we will consider how language acquisition affects life outcomes and the role schools have played in English language learning.  Leave with knowledge and resources for putting this hot topic into a historical context for students.

Wednesday, 5/23/18
Lecture/Panel Discussion
Wednesday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. Subject matter experts from the Japanese, Chinese, South Asian, and Southeast Asian American communities will discuss the unique circumstances that led each of their communities to call Philadelphia home.
Wednesday, 5/2/18
Lecture/Panel Discussion
A small pocket diary, with a plain brown cover and no identifying markings, holds the sole surviving firsthand account of the death of George Washington.
Friday, 4/20/18
Lecture/Panel Discussion

In 1968, Philadelphia and the world were rocked by war, protest, and social unrest. Fifty years later, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest convene a group of scholars to examine the legacy, resonance, and lasting impact of that tumultuous year.

Join us for this day-long program and revisit 1968 through the lens of four key themes: music, sports, war, and protest. Hear short talks from experts and share your own thoughts and questions in roundtable conversations.

Students are welcome!

Thursday, 4/19/18
Special Event
Join the Young Friends of HSP for a second round of Drunk-in-History! All proceeds from this event will directly benefit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Adopt-a-Collection program.
Wednesday, 4/18/18
Lecture/Panel Discussion

As the news cycle continues to bring stories about how the U.S. government defines and controls, immigration, discussion includes who should be allowed to become a citizen.  But what does it mean to be a citizen, and how do we test it? 

Dr. Faye Allard-Glass will lead an interactive workshop that has participants comparing their experiences with citizenship requirements here and in other countries. Can you pass a U.S. naturalization test?  Does it measure the qualities and knowledge you think citizens need?  Add your voice to the discussion.

Wednesday, 4/18/18
Teacher Workshop

As the news cycle continues to bring stories about how the U.S. government defines and controls immigration, there is debate about who should be allowed to become a citizen.  But what does it mean to be a citizen, and how do we test it?  Examine sources from the American past to see how citizenship has been defined and then participant in a public program with sociologist Dr. Faye Allard-Glass. She will lead an interactive workshop that has participants comparing their experiences with citizenship requirements here and in other countries. Can you pass a U.S.

Saturday, 4/14/18
Teacher Workshop

Students today need to understand Philadelphia’s role in the world both in the past and in the present in order to become career and college ready, living and working in a global economy.  This teacher workshop for those teaching U.S.

Wednesday, 4/11/18
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Tuesday, 4/10/18
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Hear about historic Strawberry Mansion's rise and fall and the sad life of architect Thomas Nevell who designed one of Philadelphia's greatest mansions, Mount Pleasant.(Nevell fell from grace after his marriage to the widow, Mrs. Weed). Learn why Philadelphia's historic Morris House on South 8th Street is the real 'Presidents' House. Preview the galloping life of Hope Montgomery Scott in and outside the gilded halls of Ardrossan.

Saturday, 4/7/18
Genealogy Workshop

This spring, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania in partnership with professional genealogist Sydney F. Cruice Dixon will host Foundations of Genealogy: Getting Started and Doing It Right the First Time, a 3-week course for family historians and genealogists seeking to become more effective and efficient researchers.

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