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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

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. 

Tuesday, 10/3/17

To coincide with the dedication of a historic marker commemorating the work of Dr. John Fryer, HSP will have original documents on display from the Fryer collection.  The dedication will take place on Tuesday, October 3rd, at 1:00 p.m. on the northeast corner of 13th and Locust streets, diagonally across from HSP. The documents will be available to view from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. 

Sunday, 10/1/17

Behind five sets of locks – including a 19th century bank vault door – rest some of the most treasured items in HSP’s collection of over 21 million manuscripts, graphics, and books.

The roster of items kept in HSP's most secure vault provides a narrative of the complicated, messy history of America and its citizens.

Through the Behind-the-Scenes Vault Tours, HSP offers the opportunity to see these documents closer than ever before. Some of our most valuable treasures include:

Wednesday, 9/27/17
Lecture/Panel Discussion

On 27 September, James Thompson, author of Painting America’s Portrait – How Illustrators Created America, will present a program about Philadelphia artist George Matthews Harding. Harding studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art and with Howard Pyle in Chadds Form and Wilmington before launching his career as an illustrator, which he did in 1904.

Saturday, 9/23/17
Teacher Workshop

In partnership with the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, this teacher workshop uncovers the Philadelphia monuments of the past and questions what makes a monument in the 21st century.  The workshop begins at HSP to see primary sources about monuments of past centuries. After a walking tour of some monuments in Center City, the workshop reconvenes at PAFA, situated as the central hub for the Mural Arts Monuments Lab project.  Teachers will participate in a workshop to develop classroom projects that encourage civic engagement and student leadership.

Thursday, 9/21/17
Lecture/Panel Discussion

Warner Mifflin—energetic, uncompromising, and reviled—was the key figure connecting the abolitionist movements before and after the American Revolution. A descendant of one of the pioneering families of William Penn's "Holy Experiment," Mifflin upheld the Quaker pacifist doctrine, carrying the peace testimony to Generals Howe and Washington across the blood-soaked Germantown battlefield and traveling several thousand miles by horse up and down the Atlantic seaboard to stiffen the spines of the beleaguered Quakers, harried and exiled for their neutrality during the war for independence.

Tuesday, 8/8/17

HSP is pleased to announce a brand-new document display for summer: Sports of All Sorts. Take a break from the summer heat (or mild weather) and head to HSP to see what’s on display!

The materials on display covers a range of sports, from cricket (yes, cricket is played in America too!) to baseball, from rowing to cycling.

Wednesday, 6/28/17

“Bring me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.” The essence of the American dream is rooted in the tales of immigrants. Their stories of overcoming  adversity are profound examples of the American dream: freedom and equal opportunity for all who pursue a better life for themselves and their families.

Tuesday, 6/20/17

James Monroe became the fifth president of the United States in March, 1817. Three months later he embarked on a fifteen-week tour of the northern states, traveling up the east coast from Washington, DC to Portland, Maine; west to Detroit; and back to Washington via Ohio, western Pennsylvania, and Maryland, totaling some 2,000 miles.