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HSP is thrilled and thankful to announce it is a recipient of a grant from the COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL!


Black lives do matter. Knowing that and feeling that, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania joins public outrage at police brutality and vigilante violence against African Americans. As a repository of history, we know the importance of taking a hard look at our past so that we can build a better future. Making a clear-eyed analysis, it is certain that our nation has been too slow to address racial discrimination. Repression is wrong; every life has meaning.


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.