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Tuesday, 4/3/18
Exhibit/Display
Fifty years ago this country was at war—both at home and abroad. During this time of conflict, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. championed civil rights through nonviolent protest in the face of oppression, ignorance, fear, and violence. A new document display examines his legacy.
Wednesday, 3/28/18
Special Event

A Women's History Month Program:  Deborah Samson [Sampson], the first woman to enlist, to fight, and to be honorably discharged from the American Military captivates audiences in an hour-long program chronicling her life. An indentured servant by age five, Deborah grew up in a man's world, where women were naught but second-class citizens. Without the ability to vote or to own property, Deborah knew her options were limited; breaking the rules may be necessary to accomplish a greater goal in life.

Tuesday, 3/6/18
Workshop

Join culinary historian Michael Twitty as he prepares his grandmother's version of Country Captain, a chicken dish that draws inspiration from South Asian curries and the cuisines of southern plantation kitchens. Learn about the process of researching African American histories through cooking.

Monday, 3/5/18
Lecture/Panel Discussion

In the stories of Jacqueline Woodson, cooking traces the roots and routes of families and memories. Join pre-eminent scholars Dr. Jessica Harris and Michael Twitty for a discussion faciltated by local chef and food writer Valerie Erwin. They will explore the food traditions that inspire contemporary African American cuisines.

Thursday, 2/22/18
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust St.
19107 Philadelphia , PA
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Tigermilk to GiggleJuice: A History of Prohibition Cocktails (SOLD OUT)
 
Join the Young Friends of HSP on February 22, 2018 for a Prohib
Thursday, 2/15/18
Lecture/Panel Discussion

An African American History Month Program:  Philadelphia exploded in violence in 1910. The general strike that year claimed the lives of some two dozen people and made Philadelphia a prominent point in the tumultuous national conflict over workers’ rights. That strike was a notable point, but not a unique one, in the history of Philadelphia’s transit system. In this presentation, author James Wolfinger recounts the history of Philadelphia’s sprawling public transportation system to explore how labor relations shifted from the 1880s to the 1960s.

Thursday, 2/15/18

An African American History Month Program:  As part of our spring programming featuring a presentation from author James Wolfinger recounting the history of Philadelphia’s sprawling public transportation system from the 1880s to the 1960s., HSP is offering a Teacher Workshop and educational resources.

Wednesday, 1/31/18
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Tuesday, 1/2/18
Exhibit/Display

Wednesday, 11/15/17
Lecture/Panel Discussion

This program commemorates the 30th anniversary of the closing of Pennhurst State School and Hospital (November 1987), a state-funded and managed institution for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  In the age of eugenics, Pennhurst was imagined as a model facility, and a solution to the problem of hereditary 'feeblemindedness.'  Instead it became a nightmare institution where exploitation, abuse, and medical experimentation were commonplace.  Over eight decades (1908-1987), more than 10,600 citizens were incarcerated at Pennhurst. 

Wednesday, 11/15/17
Teacher Workshop

As part of our fall programming commemorating the 30th anniversary of the closing of Pennhurst State School and Hospital (November 1987), a state-funded and managed institution for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, HSP is offering a Teacher Workshop and educational resources. 

Tuesday, 11/7/17
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Join us for an exciting panel discussion on the art of political cartooning!

 

Political cartoons have played a vibrant role facilitating public dialogue throughout American history. From Benjamin Franklin’s “Join, or Die” snake to the widely syndicated Brother Jonathan character, cartoonists have used caricature and symbolism to capture the political and social climate they inhabited. This election night, join a panel discussion at HSP to learn more about this vivid history while checking out cartoons pulled from the HSP archives.

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