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44 years ago, homosexuality was classified as a mental illness. One man changed everything.

The new play exploring the life of John Fryer, i.e. Dr. Anonymous, premieres this Thursday at the Painted Bride Art Center. A reception sponsored by the William Way LGBT Community Center and Equality Forum will follow the opening night performance.

When: May 5, 6, & 7


PHILADELPHIA, PA - The April 2016 issue of the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (PMHB) has now been published.


PHILADELPHIA, PA – In 1972, Dr. John Fryer dons an oversize tuxedo and rubber joke shop mask to become Dr. Henry Anonymous and confront the American Psychiatric Association with these words: “I am a homosexual, I am a psychiatrist.” Obie Award-winning writer and director Ain Gordon explores Fryer’s story in his new play, 217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous, running May 5 – 7 at the Painted Bride Art Center.


PHILADELPHIA, PA – Every issue has a history. Learn new ways to help students understand the value of historical perspectives to policymaking with The National History Center's Mock Policy Briefing, a workshop for educators at the high school and university level. 

Hosted by HSP and The Library Company of Philadelphia, the Mock Policy Briefing Program workshop will feature speakers from The National History Center as well as Jessica Roney speaking about her successful experience piloting this program at Temple University.


PHILADELPHIA, PA—The National Endowment for the Humanities today announced that it has awarded the Historical Society of Pennsylvania a planning grant of $39,500 to identify material documenting the early struggle for women’s rights in the collections of members of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) and to share a sampling of them online. 







With the generous support of Southwest Airlines Co., the official airline of HSP, we are proud to announce two free round-trip tickets will be randomly awarded to two Family History Days attendees. Register now for your chance to win! 

Here's how it works:

All attendees registered for both days of the conference, March 18 and 19, will automatically be entered for a chance to win. 



Listen close: Libraries are louder than you’ve heard. Sitting silent in the stacks and vaults are the booming soundscapes of the past: scores of sheet music, recordings, concert posters, songbooks, and more.


PHILADELPHIA, PA - The January 2016 issue of the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (PMHB) has now been published. The issue features essays exploring various facets of Pennsylvania history, an overview of recently processed collections at HSP, and book reviews. 

From January 27 through February 3, the new issue of PMHB will be freely available to readClick here to start exploring the issue.


PHILADELPHIA, PA - As family history and genealogy have emerged as global phenomena, millions of Americans are delving into the past to discover their families, their stories, and themselves.

For many, however, the first step is the most daunting: Where to begin? Researching in a library or online present their own unique challenges for beginner and experienced genealogists alike.


Threading together centuries of trends and tastes, HSP's newest document display Fashion: “The Fastest Moving, Most Fragile, and Fickle Fleeting Business” explores the many ways fashion is marketed and promoted, from French fashion plates to American window displays. The display runs Tuesday, January 12, through Friday, February 12. Free and open to the public.