Historical Society of Pennsylvania Spring 2017 Programs

Spring 2017 Programs

From the city's first elderly care organization to foreign-born soldiers serving in the "War to End All Wars," discover hidden stories from Philadelphia's 300-plus-year history this spring with HSP.

View Spring 2017 Programs.

HSP News 

HSP is pleased to announce the addition of two new databases to its HSP Encounters system: the Russian Brotherhood insurance claim records and the Philadelphia public school records, the first of a twelve-volume set.





The 1763 Conestoga Massacre was the brutal murder of 21 Susquehannock men, women, and children by a vigilante group of Scotch-Irish frontiersmen known as the Paxton Boys. Learn more with HSP's latest FREE document display.



  From the history of the Liberty Bell to how Philadelphia streets got their names, HSP's Lee Arnold knows a thing or two about the City of Brotherly Love. How much do you know?




HSP's Education team is proud to have contributed the curriculum guide for “The Founders and Us: The Relevance of Our Origins”




New Blog Posts

Perhaps best known today as Broadway's answer to "How can history be made relevant," to contemporaries Alexander Hamilton was notorious for his support of central banking. In the 19th century, however, it was another banker that stole the spotlight: Philadelphian Nicholas Biddle.






8c7ad6d0 bc00 406e b350 ae740b8f2791This month 200 years ago, one woman set out to solve a problem vexing Philadelphia then as now: how to compassionately care for the city's aged population




Walloped on the battlefield and with morale sinking in tandem with the temperature, Washington was in a bad way heading into that first Revolut ionary Christmas.




On Dec. 17, 113 years ago, two bicycle manufacturers from Dayton, Ohio, solved that which had beguiled humanity's greatest minds for millennia: "The Flying Problem."





Genealogy @ HSP

HSP is partnering with the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History (ISBGFH) to explore various educational venues to research your British Isles family history.





Foundations of Genealogy II is designed for researchers seeking to further develop and strengthen their genealogy skills. The 8-week class is the follow-up to Foundations of Genealogy I, a course offered in 2015 and 2016 at HSP. Only a few spots remain, register now!




Researching Family in Pennsylvania, a week-long genealogy course designed to explore and explain the records and repositories available to family historians researching ancestors in Pennsylvania, will take place at HSP July 31 - August 4, 2017.















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