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Wednesday, 11/1/17
Lecture/Panel Discussion

In this continuing series of conversations, we share across ethnicity, race, and citizenship status what it means to be an immigrant in Philadelphia.  Panelists begin the discussion about transition and settlement, and then audience members add their own accounts in an effort to create a much more nuanced understanding of what it means to “become” an American.  Refreshments are served following the program. This program is made possible through the generous support of the Connelly Foundation.

Monday, 10/30/17
Teacher Workshop

National History Day is a career and college readiness program for 6th to 12th graders. Come to the Kick-Off program hosted at HSP to learn how it helps students develop research, literacy, presentation, and critical thinking skills.  

Thursday, 10/26/17
Special Event

Presented by the Young Friends of HSP

Join the Young Friends of HSP for a one-night only pop-up exhibition that will feature marvels of science, feats of engineering, and speculative stories from Philadelphia’s past!

Enjoy local food and drink as you take in the sights of the best of HSP’s science and engineering collection.

Thursday, 10/26/17

Join us at a workshop to piece together a story of how an assassin from Wurttemburg, Germany shows up with U.S. troops during the Mexican –American War.  Anne Marie Ackerman, author of the recently released book Death of an Assassin, will share sources she found in German and American libraries as we all put on our detective hats to solve the mystery of archival research.  Discover how the U.S. military relied upon recent immigrants for its soldiers, the fascinating Siege of Veracruz, and even a link with the infamous General E. Lee.

Thursday, 10/26/17
Teacher Workshop

During this workshop just for teachers, we will examine various methods for incorporating primary sources into the classroom.   After a discussion of a variety of strategies, we will join in on a workshop to piece together a story of how an assassin from Wurttemburg, Germany shows up with U.S.

Friday, 10/20/17
Genealogy Workshop

The Cumberland County Historical Society (CCHS), the Army Heritage Center Foundation, the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau, Dickinson College, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania offer you the opportunity to explore your family history at Cumberland Pathways, October 20-22, 2017 in beautiful and historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  These institutions are home to unique archives and special collections.

Thursday, 10/19/17
Genealogy Workshop

Measuring Your Pennsylvania Ancestors: Using State and County Land Records is a five-module/week (10 hour) program designed for genealogists to explore the land records of Pennsylvania, understand the procedures used to distribute land, and how that distribution impacts modern day genealogical research.

Thursday, 10/19/17
Teacher Workshop

The two hour workshop will provide teachers with in-depth background on the rich history of Germantown, as represented by five exceptional historic and cultural museums. It will provide resources (e.g., the Germantown Historical Society, museum educator-consultants, literature lists and websites) for teachers and students to explore this multicultural study of community history throughout the school year.

Monday, 10/16/17
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Carol Buck, History Curator at The State Museum of Pennsylvania and author of “Violet Oakley, American Artist, Modern Day Activist,”   will discuss the Red Rose Girls: Elizabeth Shippen Green (1871-1954), Jessie Willcox Smith (1863-1935), and Violet Oakley (1874-1961).  This group of artists became life-long friends, lived, worked and inspired one another and challenged the art world’s gender bias to become successful artists in their own right. Light refreshments will be served and original documents will be on display.


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Wednesday, 10/11/17
Join Tara O’Brien, Director of Preservation and Conservation Services, for a lecture on preserving your family history, traditions and treasures. Learn tips and tricks to ensure your family’s history for generations to come!
Tuesday, 10/10/17
Exhibit/Display

In this document display, see historic sources paired with contemporary artistic translations that speak to how college students today consider issues around immigration.  Seniors from the Visual Studies Department at Tyler School of Art studied a variety of kinds of sources from HSP’s collections – scrapbooks, journals, letters, flyers and pamphlets – to learn about experiences of immigrants and citizens in the U.S. from the early 1800s through the late 1900s.  The students then created responses in a variety of media that melded the historic with contemporary concerns. 

Thursday, 10/5/17
Lecture/Panel Discussion

People across the nation are raising questions of who should be commemorated with monuments and the meanings of these monuments to different groups of people and at different times in history.  Here in Philadelphia, the Rizzo statue has been at the nexus of discussion and protest, but there are many conversations to have about appropriateness - from William Penn and George Washington to Columbus and Octavius Catto. 

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