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HSP Hosts Birmingham’s “Behind the Ballot” Civil Rights Exhibit During PoliticalFest

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The City of Birmingham will be a part of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia later this month with an exhibit titled, “Behind the Ballot: Fighting for the Right to Vote.” The exhibit will be hosted at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) as part of PoliticalFest.

Historic Library and Archive Now Hosts Boutique Weddings, Parties

PHILADELPHIA, PA – For the first time in over 20 years, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) is making its world-renowned Reading Room available to the public for rental for special occasions such as weddings and Bat Mitzvahs.

Home to several of the nation’s founding documents, HSP has expanded its event rental offerings to better share its historic, easily-accessible 90,000 square foot Center City library with those desiring a unique setting for their next wedding, private party, or reception.

HSP Launches Two New Databases for Genealogists, Scholars

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) is pleased to announce the addition of two new databases to its HSP Encounters system: The Tavern and Liquor License Records (1746-1863), and the Huguenot Society Applications (Arrivals 1517-1885).

To genealogists, family historians, and scholars, these new databases are a boon for historical research into business practices governing bars and taverns in Philadelphia, as well as into the experiences of Huguenots in the United States.

Mormonism: Early History and Connections to Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley

In conjunction with the opening of Philadelphia's Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, this display will explore the local history of Mormonism in the Greater Philadelphia Area.

Pennsylvania in general continues to be a tremendously important part of the LDS church. It was at Harmony, Pa., where 15 sections of the Doctrine and Covenant book of scripture were written (now Oakland Township, Susquehanna County). Additionally, the priesthood restoration site where Joseph Smith and his wife resided continues to be a sacred place to members of the church. 

PoliticalFest Only Two Weeks Away!

In celebration of the Democratic National Convention, join HSP for PoliticalFest, a one-of-a-kind festival celebrating political history, government and the road to the White House.

The experience will consist of exhibits at seven participating locations (including HSP!), each centered around a specific theme related to American politics, government, and history.

HSP's FREE #SummerBookChats

Join the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) for its FREE #SummerBookChats as local authors Kathryn Wilson and Elizabeth Milroy discuss their recent works on Philadelphia history. The programs are free but registration is required.


Ethnic Renewal in Philadelphia’s Chinatown



HSP Joins 2016 Blue Star Museums

HSP is proud to join more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.

Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2016.


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