Event Documents

Below are sets of digitized images that appeared in onsite exhibits at the Historical Society of Pennsylvanian.
Almost 200 years ago, Francis Scott Key, a young poet and lawyer, was aboard a small ship in the Patapsco River as he watc...
From Ben Franklin’s birthday on January 17 through the next week, we celebrate Thrift Week with a document display about...
The Great Central Fair, also known as the Philadelphia Sanitary Fair, was a charity festival held to raise money for Union...
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is celebrating our nation’s lively political discourse with a special document di...
Immediately upon George Washington’s death on December 14, 1799, people began to revere him for his part in the founding...
The Ephrata religious community was founded by Conrad Beissel (1691–1768), a German Pietist who was exiled from Germany ...
The items in this gallery, from HSP’s collection, include Washington's pocket diary, Martha Washington's cookbook, and t...
July 1, 2013, marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. More than 150,000 troops clashed in the three-day b...
In appreciation of our members and visitors, we've collated some of our favorite winter-themed images from our archiv...
The Civil War lasted from 1861 to 1865 and claimed more than 620,000 lives, equal to 2 percent of the population, making ...
Behind battle lines, the everyday experiences of civilian men and women during the Civil War reveal fascinating accounts o...
The School Savings Banks program was part of the thrift reform movement of the late 1800s and early 1900s. While the move...
Thrift is defined as an ethic of hard work, savings, and stewardship. The idea of “teaching thrift” dates back to the ...
While there are numerous factors that pushed a fledgling United States and Great Britain toward another war, three main re...
Founded in 1824, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania has been collecting material of the people and places of Pennsylva...