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Privacy Policy

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) strives to protect the privacy of its patrons. We are committed to delivering a safe and valuable experience when visiting our website. We collect both statistical and personal information on our site.


HSP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Information on this website is presented purely for educational and informational purposes. Your use of this website is subject to the provisions of this privacy policy.

We cannot guarantee the website will be error-free. However, we will make every reasonable effort to make content accurate, reliable and complete. This includes correcting any errors that are brought to our attention. You may contact us at

Statistical Information

Like many other websites, HSP collects statistical information as users navigate the site. This information is analyzed in aggregate – that is we collect information about thousands of site visits and analyze it as a whole. We use these statistics to help make our site more useful to visitors and to improve the services we offer. We may share aggregated information, which does not contain personal information, with other organizations.

Personal Information

When you visit our site, we do not collect any personal information about you unless you voluntarily choose to provide us with the information. You may visit many of our pages anonymously. However there are some portions of the site that ask for personal information. These include when you register on our site, place an order, subscribe to our newsletter, respond to a survey, or fill out a form.

When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, e-mail address, mailing address, phone number, or credit card information. Credit card information is used only for your intended purchase (i.e., store purchase or donation). Contact information is used to respond to your inquiries and to send products and services requested from our website. We may also use it to contact you to provide information about other HSP activities, programs, fundraising opportunities, products, and special events that may interest you.

We keep constituent data in secure online databases including Raiser’s Edge, HSP’s Shop and Discover sites, and in third-party services such as MailChimp, WealthEngine, Eventbrite, and Blackbaud’s Online Express, and PayPal.

If you are interested in:

  • opting out of having your information used by the Historical Society for these purposes;
  • updating or deleting your personal information; or
  • having your personal data delivered to you,

Please contact us at or 215-732-6200. Moreover, when we send you communications regarding HSP programs and activities, you will always have an immediate opportunity to decline further communications by clicking “unsubscribe from this list.”


The security of your personal information is a primary concern of HSP. We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you place an order or enter, submit, or access your personal information.

While HSP has endeavored to create a secure and reliable website, please be advised that the confidentiality of any communication or material transmitted to/from this website over the Internet cannot be guaranteed. Accordingly, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and its employees, agents, officers, directors, legal representatives, predecessors, successors, and assigns are not responsible for the security of any information transmitted via the Internet. You assume the sole and complete risk for using this website and must make your own determination as to these matters.


Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser (if you allow) that enables the sites or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information.

We use cookies to help us remember and process the items in your shopping cart, understand and save your preferences for future visits, and compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future.


We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others' rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

Third-Party Links

Our site may contain links to third-party websites. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

Revisions to Our Web Policies

Please note that HSP may revise its privacy policy at any time. Occasionally, changes in technology, functionality, content we provide, laws and/or HSP policy may require us to revise policies and practices on this page. We encourage you to periodically visit this page to review our most current policy. Your continued use of the site shall constitute your acceptance of any such changes to this policy.

This policy was last modified on 5/24/18