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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.

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.

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