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Format: 2014-04-19
Format: 2014-04-19
Monday, 10/15/12
Teacher Workshop

Learn how Philadelphia’s Chinatown has evolved over time and its ongoing struggle to maintain its geographic and cultural integrity. This community offer lessons to understand the role of community organizing in social change and how social change happens. This teacher workshop will be taught by Debbie Wei, the director of the Office of Multilingual Curriculum and Programs in the School District of Philadelphia. Attendees will receive a copy of Pennsylvania Legacies.

 

Wednesday, 10/10/12
Genealogy Workshop

Trying to track down ancestors who didn’t leave much of a historical record? Genealogist Gerald Smith will teach you how to use city directories, military records, and more obscure sources that researchers may not be familiar with. Smith is a professional genealogist who specializes in Pennsylvania families prior to 1900 and has published numerous articles about Pennsylvania genealogy. This workshop is designed for intemediate level genealogists.

Wednesday, 10/3/12
Genealogy Workshop

Ever wondered how to get into the Daughters of the American Revolution? Or Mayflower Society? Or more obscure groups such as the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick? James M. Beidler, author of an award-winning weekly newspaper column on genealogy, will discuss the qualifications for various groups and the types of documentary proof needed to complete applications. Beidler is the former vice president for development for the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the former executive director of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.

Monday, 10/1/12
Exhibit/Display

Each year, more than half a million students nationwide participate in National History Day, a unique program in which students choose a topic related to the annual theme, conduct primary and secondary research, and present their findings. Learn about the program, how to introduce it into your classroom, and NHD resources available in Philadelphia. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, 9/27/12
Special Event

At this event, presented by the Young Friends of HSP, guests will trace the history of cocktails from the ubiquitous rum punch of the 17th century all the way to the flirtini of 2012. Guest speaker Joseph Carlin, native Philadelphian and author of the newly released Cocktails: A Global History, will educate you on everything from liquor to mixers to ice, including how to make a classic punch.

Sunday, 9/23/12
Special Event

Treasures Society and 1824 Legacy Society members and their guests are invited to a cocktail reception at the Chestnut Hill home of HSP President Kim Sajet. By invitation only.

Tuesday, 9/18/12
Exhibit/Display

This September marks the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. The Historical Society has several versions of the Constitution, including the earliest surviving draft handwritten by Constitutional Convention delegate James Wilson and the first newspaper printing by The Pennsylvania Packet. HSP will display six original versions in its library, so visitors can see the evolution of this national treasure.

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 www.phillyhoneyfest.com

Wednesday, 8/1/12
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.