The Pennsylvania Historical Association advances knowledge about the heritage and culture of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, because understanding how the past informs the present helps us shape a better future.

The Pennsylvania Historical Association achieves its mission by:

The PHA holds its annual meeting in a different Pennsylvania location each fall. The annual meetings bring together historians, educators and history buffs to participate in a wide variety of panel discussions, to hear speakers, and to enjoy meeting others interested in Pennsylvania history.

The PHA is also a proud sponsor of History Day and the exciting, www.explorepahistory.com web site. We are pleased to have partnerships with other organizations throughout the Commonwealth to promote an interest in Pennsylvania history.



William Pencak, professor emeritus of history at Penn State University, distinguished historian of early American history, historian of Pennsylvania, and twice editor of Pennsylvania History, died Monday, December 9, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia, of cardiac failure following heart surgery. Read more ...



Call for Papers: Special Issue on Immigration and Ethnicity Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography. Guest Edited by Kathryn E. Wilson and Rosalind J. Beiler (October 2016)

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Energy Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography. Guest Edited by Brian Black and Donna Rilling (October 2015)

Now available from Pennsylvania Historical Association: Keystone State in Crisis: Pennsylvania in the Civil War by Judith Giesberg More info on the Publications page