About The Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Founded in 1824, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) is a provider of education and information about America’s history for the people of Philadelphia and beyond.  Its collection of manuscripts, graphics, and ephemera encompass more than 350 years of America’s history—from the stories of its 17th-century settlers to those of its most recent immigrants. With the holdings of The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies and The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, HSP is an international resource for the documentation and study of ethnic communities and immigrant experiences as well as one of the largest family history libraries in the United States.

HSP welcomes thousands of researchers onsite annually and serves millions more around the globe through its digital collections and online curricular materials. At its historic library in Philadelphia’s Gayborhood, HSP hosts workshops and lectures throughout the year, committed to being a voice that catalyzes informed dialogue on contemporary issues and inspires curiosity to delve into history and share its stories. For more information, visit http://www.hsp.org