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Celebrating Two Hundred Years

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1824-2024

Next year marks the 200th anniversary of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania! Since HSP’s founding in 1824, we have collected and preserved an astonishing array of documents that bring the people of the past into conversation with us today. We enter our third century eager to invite you to find yourself in history. To connect with the past and make meaningful discoveries about who you are and who we are together. Join us in this endeavor to explore our shared American history.

As part of our anniversary celebration, HSP is teaming up with five partners to develop collaborative programming and joint exhibits based on the strategic themes of our collection. 

The exhibits can be viewed free of charge anytime during library open hours. In addition to its schedule of special programming, HSP’s library is open for research Tuesday through Friday. Make an appointment to explore the countless stories that are told by its collections.

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Venture into our collection with Two Hundred Years: The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1824-2024 (Ed. David R. Brigham), the first book to survey the more than twenty-one million documents, newspapers, graphics, and rare books in HSP's archive.

Meet Our Partners

Association for Public Art

Upcoming Exhibit — Public Art in Philadelphia: A Legacy Shaped by Women

Strategic Theme — The Soul of America: Visual, Performing, and Literary Arts

January 30 - March 15, 2024

This display will highlight the historic accomplishments and recent contributions of women who have worked in the public art field as artists, benefactors, and leaders. Exploring the Association for Public Art’s archival collection at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, as well as contemporary materials housed at aPA, the exhibit will provide insight into the long-lasting impact of women’s contributions to the ongoing public art landscape both, locally and nationally.

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The Association for Public Art (aPA) plays a vital role in commissioning and preserving public art in Philadelphia, while promoting the part that art plays in the creation and enhancement of public spaces. Founded in 1872, 50 years younger than the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, aPA has helped to significantly shape Philadelphia’s urban environment through design and planning efforts. The organization continues to care for and maintain a large portion of the city’s historic sculptures, while producing new ambitious and engaging public art projects for everyone.

Science History Institute

Strategic Theme — Americans and Innovation: Science, Technology, and Enterprise

April 10 - May 24, 2024

The Science History Institute collects, preserves, interprets, and shares the lesser-known and sometimes overlooked stories from the history of science and technology. And we don’t just mean discoveries made in laboratories. We dive deep into the history of scientific successes and failures, with a focus on expanding knowledge and broadening our understanding of how science and society intersect. We tell the stories behind the science.

Independence Historical Trust

Strategic Theme — Pennsylvania: Crucible of the Nation

June 5 - July 26, 2024

Established in 1972, the Independence Historical Trust (formerly known as the Friends of Independence National Historical Park) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created to help Independence National Historical Park (INHP) prepare for the bicentennial celebration of the United States in 1976. In its 51-year history, the Trust has helped fund major capital improvement projects, as well as the acquisition and conservation of important documents and artifacts.

Taller Puertorriqueno

Strategic Theme — America’s Promise and Its Many Voices

August 21 - October 7, 2024

Taller Puertorriqueño, a community based cultural organization whose primary purpose is to preserve, develop, and promote Puerto Rican arts and culture, grounded in the conviction that embracing one’s cultural heritage is empowering. Taller is also committed to the representation and support of other Latino cultural expressions and our common roots.

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Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania

Strategic Theme — What’s Your Story? Chronicling Families and Communities

October 14 - November 22, 2024

Founded in 1892, the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania (GSP) is one of the earliest genealogical societies in the United States, among the first to recognize the value of collecting and preserving the vital and personal records of people whose lives comprise much of our American history. GSP provides leadership and support in promoting genealogy through education, preservation, and access to Pennsylvania-related genealogical information.

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