Past Events

Thursday, 11/21/13
Special Event

“Don” your best Mad Men attire for a night of classic cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and music! Get a firsthand look at mid-century documents from our own collections, and immerse yourself in the glamorous world of commercial consumerism.

Tuesday, 11/19/13
Teacher Workshop

In this workshop, we will showcase resources for teaching about the Civil War and how to use them to meet Common Core Standards for improving literacy from informational texts.

Tuesday, 11/19/13
Exhibit/Display

HSP will commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address with a document display featuring items from its Civil War collection. The display will explore how the Civil War has been remembered through time.

Thursday, 11/14/13
Lecture/Panel Discussion

In November 1763, surveyors Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon arrived in Philadelphia to settle a dispute over the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland. Treasures Society members and their guests are invited to revisit this influential moment.

Thursday, 11/7/13
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Join us for a lecture by Jeff Bach, director of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, as he explores the illustrations and religious symbolism in the Ephrata Cloister’s music books.

Tuesday, 10/29/13
Exhibit/Display

This document display includes manuscripts and hymn books from the Ephrata Cloister, a rare diary of German mystic Johannes Kelpius, and beautiful examples of Pennsylvania German folk art and fraktur.

Thursday, 10/24/13
Special Event

Register now for the second annual History in Pennsylvania “HIP” Awards, which will be presented at the History Affiliates Reception on October 24, 2013.

Tuesday, 10/22/13
Teacher Workshop

HSP welcomes educators to come see its new spaces for learning and to discover the National History Day Philly program. See treasures of our collection, tour the library, meet representatives of the Philadelphia cultural community and attend short presentations about primary source research and the 2013-2014 National History Day competition. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, 10/16/13
Special Event

Join us as we celebrate the reopening of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s redesigned lobby, library, and collection vaults. There will be special promotions and free events throughout the day.

Wednesday, 10/16/13
Exhibit/Display

To coincide with our grand reopening, HSP will be displaying selected treasures from the collection. These rare and unique items span across four centuries of our nation's history, from the founding of Pennsylvania to the civil rights movement.

Tuesday, 10/1/13
Genealogy Workshop

Now that you’ve identified the ancestral village of your ancestor, how do you find more information? This lecture, given by award-winning author, researcher, lecturer, and teacher Nancy Lee Waters Lauer, will explore the next steps in researching ancestral homelands and overcoming barriers like language and an ocean.

Tuesday, 9/24/13
Genealogy Workshop

Discover the role African American soldiers played in the U.S. Civil War, and what can be learned from records about their military service. This workshop will be led by Michael Hait, a professional genealogical researcher, writer, and lecturer, specializing in African American genealogy and Civil War records.