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Monday, 8/13/18
August 13 - August 16, 2018. HSP presents an in-depth, 4-day class series on researching family in the British Isles. Through these expert-taught classes, you’ll learn how to conduct genealogical research in Scotland, Ireland and England. Classes in using DNA to conduct research are also a part of the curriculum.
Monday, 7/30/18
July 30 – August 3, 2018. HSP presents a week-long genealogy course designed to explore the records and repositories available for researching ancestors in Pennsylvania. A complete “How to” course, training you to use the resources available at HSP and elsewhere to uncover your family’s story!
Tuesday, 7/24/18
From family photographs to soldiers' vivid accounts of life on the battlefield, see samples of the kinds of records used by family historians in their research: published family history books, immigration records, church records, and military records.
Friday, 7/13/18
Special Event
July 13, 2018, 5:00pm-8:30pm. Join us for an exciting around-the-town scavenger hunt that will get you racing through a decade of Philadelphia’s history while biking or walking down the city’s streets with friends and competitors.
Wednesday, 6/20/18
Lecture/Panel Discussion
Wednesday, June 20 at 6:00 p.m. This panel will bring together Muslim American community members who have witnessed the state’s changing landscape. Panelists will share their experiences and recount focal incidents that shaped their congregations and Muslim life in Pennsylvania.
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.