The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies

of The Historical Society of Pennsylvania

School Visits

This merger of the Balch Institute into the Historical Society of Pennsylvania provides an exciting opportunity to reinvent our institutions' educational activities, building on the strengths of established Balch programs while introducing new content and drawing on the power of emerging technologies. Balch school visit programs are currently on hiatus. We regret this interruption of service and want to assure our friends of our continuing commitment to educational programs. Staff are proceeding with development of new K-12 programming for the joint institution, working closely with members of the museum and educational community.

Exhibits and other Programs

Currently on display at 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:


First Person: Individual Lives in Historical Perspective

Drawing on diaries, letters, photographs, prints, scrapbooks, personal documents, and published biographies, this exhibit considers how the stories of individual lives illuminate and reflect larger historical themes and realities. Many of the collections displayed contrast the life stories of “great Americans” like George Washington with those of less mythologized people. Included are the stories of Philadelphia community leaders, women, and African Americans, as well as the ways in which individuals and families preserve and present their own histories through genealogy and memoirs. Exhibit will be open through March 2003 during regular hours of operation. $1 to view the exhibit.


HSP's spring and fall symposium series also continues, as does the Balch's book discussion group on local ethnic history and culture, co-sponsored with the Friends of the Independence Branch of the Free Library.


Questions about HSP and Balch programs as well as, specifically, the New Immigrants Initiative, should be directed to Kathryn Wilson at the Balch, 215-732-6200 x217, or

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The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies
of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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