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Friends Day

Photograph of four men on a bicycle built for four. They are all wearing fake(?) mustaches and have checked trousers. The man in front is wearing a checked jacket. 1936. Philadelphia Record Photograph Morgue [V04].

Saturday, December 9

8:00am – 1:00pm


Enjoy breakfast with fellow history fans, take advantage of one-on-one service with our staff and genealogy experts, and tour HSP’s active processing, conservation, and digital labs.

This event is free and only open to Friends of HSP (Researcher level and above). Tickets are limited, so reserve yours today!

Friends Day Events

Research in the Library

Friends who are interested in researching in the library will be split into two waves to limit paging wait times. All researchers will have the opportunity to request collections to be paged in advance so your documents are waiting for you when you arrive! If you know what you’d like to see in advance, please submit a pre-paging request (below) and reserve a Wave 1 ticket. If you are not sure what collection materials you may want to see during your visit, please reserve a Wave 2 ticket so you have time to search through our card catalogs and fill out your call slips in the morning.

Tours of HSP

Take a 30 minute behind-the-scenes tour to see staff-only areas like our collections vaults, our Conservation Laboratory, our Digital Laboratory, and our Processing rooms.

Attend Lectures

Ever felt intimidated when approaching a Reference Librarian? Does the concept of Research make you faint? Well, get over it! Librarians are your friends; research is fun. Join HSP library director Dr. Lee Arnold as he explains it all to you. You’ll feel like a new person, ready to conquer the world.


8:00am- Doors open at HSP. Check in at our front desk, get a locker, sign up for a tour if you’re interested, and head upstairs to the Patterson Room for breakfast.

9:00am- First lecture begins in the Patterson Room.

9:00am- Library Wave 1. Attendees assigned to wave 1 will enter the Reading Room, present their name to library staff, and take an assigned seat and receive their pre-paged materials.

10:00am- First tour group departs.

10:00am- Attendees from Library Wave 1 exit the Reading Room.

11:00am- Second Lecture begins in Patterson Room.

11:00am- Second tour group departs.

11:00am- Library Wave 2 enter the Reading Room present their name to library staff, and take an assigned seat and receive their pre-paged materials.

12:00pm- Third tour group departs.

12:00pm- Attendees from Library Wave 2 exit the Reading Room.

12:30pm- Reading Room closes.


Questions about Friends Day? Contact Heidi Franklin at or 215-732-6200 x243.

Pre-paging requests are due by November 30th. E-mail your requests to