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Wednesday, 11/30/16
Special Event

Explore the complex – and changing – notions surrounding the concepts of “citizen,” “immigrant,” and “refugee,” with leaders from various ethnic backgrounds as they discuss ways immigrants maintain cultural identities within a diverse culture. 

Saturday, 11/19/16
Teacher Workshop

Partnering with the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA), HSP is excited to host a teacher workshop that will focus on the impact of the First World War and the visual culture that the conflict inspired. 

Wednesday, 11/16/16

Delve into the historical background of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and discuss the event’s continuing impact on American public memory with West Chester University's Dr. Robert Kodosky, Ph.D.

Saturday, 11/12/16
Teacher Workshop

The Second World War was about patriotism, community, and sacrifice for both the men and women abroad and those at home. With the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor this December, this workshop will discuss ways to incorporate the stories of Philadelphians during the war into classroom lesson plans.

Thursday, 11/10/16

Join the Young Friends of HSP as they throwback Philadelphia's proud sports history!

A one night pop-up document display will feature images from our historic sports collection including baseball, rowing, bicycling, basketball, football, and track and field.

Show up wearing throwback sports attire OR your favorite jersey for a chance to win a prize!

We're tailgating, so expect fierce competition over cornhole and suds from two of Philly's favorites: Yards Brewing Co. and Philadelphia Brewing Co., and malt beverages from Quaker City Malting Co.

Tuesday, 11/8/16

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, HSP will display a selection of letters, photographs, ephemera, and printed materials documenting Philadelphians’ varied reactions to the event.

Wednesday, 10/26/16
Genealogy Workshop

Google Earth is only one example of geographic information available online. The internet contains several projects featuring spatial and historical data which can assist with genealogical research.

Thursday, 10/20/16

One of the prevalent themes found in early literature that focuses on the immigrant experience is that of assimilation and identity. Often, the reader is introduced to a main protagonist, who in his metaphorical journey from youth to adulthood, struggles with the beliefs and traditions of the old world, contradicting those of the new.  However, the struggle of identity is no longer limited to assimilation as it also highlights themes of race, gender, and sexuality.  

Monday, 10/17/16
Teacher Workshop

National History Day (NHD) is a great program to help students in grades 6-12 practice research and critical thinking skills, elements important to their future in the workplace and school.  This workshop is for teachers who have worked with the NHD program before as well as those who would like to learn about it for the first time. 

Thursday, 10/6/16
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 for teachers and students to explore this multicultural study of community history throughout the school year.

Wednesday, 10/5/16
Lecture/Panel Discussion

For those who think the current presidential election is a strange one, join HSP as we take a look back at the 1856 contest, perhaps the most consequential election in our nation’s history. There were two new parties: the Republicans and the Know-Nothings. The Republicans nominated a celebrity involved in land development with no elective experience, while the Know-Nothings had as their major party plank stopping immigration and even sending some immigrants back to their home country. The third party, the Democrats, nominated an old face with vast governmental experience.

Tuesday, 9/27/16

Debates about immigration and citizenship have played a major role in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. To complement our fall publications, this document display will highlight some of HSP’s collections on immigrant cultures, communities, reception, and acculturation from the 1700s to the present day.