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Now’s the time to live HSP's slogan. We are in unprecedented times and we must document our experiences. This is where you come in! More than 200 years ago Dr. Benjamin Rush tirelessly studied the Yellow Fever epidemic that swept through Philadelphia. His writings can be studied here and at our sister organization, the Library Company of Philadelphia.


As we continue to adjust and adapt to life in the COVID-19 pandemic, judging for National History Day Philadelphia 2020 went virtual! Congratulations to everyone involved! We're pleased to announce the winners (linked below):


This display runs through March 27. In conjunction with the Free Library of Philadelphia’s One Book One City initiative, we offer this display that recognizes Native Americans’ past struggles as well as contributions they have made to America throughout history. The display is free and open to the public during regular library hours.



HSP and Taller Puertorriqueño are proud to announce the launch of the website “Neighbors/Vecinos.” The website documents 200 years of Puerto Rican heritage in Philadelphia and is the end product of a project to explore how communities can create cultural programs of meaning for their members

A new document display features books, photographs, and manuscripts documenting the complex history of Philadelphia’s labor movement.