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Exhibits at HSP

Step into the past and explore the countless stories in our collection with curated exhibits at HSP. 

Exhibits are open to both researchers and the public. They can be viewed free of charge anytime during library open hours

Current Exhibits

Whisper to Me: A Conversation through Time 

On view November 8, 2023 - January 12, 2024

In Collaboration with the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers

In 1773, Phillis Wheatley became the first African American to publish a book of poetry making this year the 250th anniversary of the publication. In celebration, the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, commissioned the 2022-23 Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate, Telicia Darius to write a poem in response. Members of the DVCGBW were invited to create new work to celebrate these two poets. The works are exhibited at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania through mid-January 2024. 

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Upcoming Exhibits

Public Art in Philadelphia: A Legacy Shaped By Women​

On view January 30, 2024 - March 15, 2024

In Collaboration with the Association for Public Art

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.

Penny Lunches and Nutrition History

On view January 30, 2024 - March 15, 2024

In Collaboration with the Science History Institute

Satire as Political Speech: Cartoons in Early America​

On view June 5 - July 26, 2024

In Collaboration with the Independence Historical Trust

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