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.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Come celebrate the memory and legacy of Bill Pencak at a plenary session at the upcoming annual meeting in Philadelphia. Bill's contributions to scholarship, teaching, mentoring and the PHA will be discussed by his friends and colleagues. A reception will immediately follow the plenary session.


Plenary Session in Honor of Bill Pencak
Thursday, November 6, 2014
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Patterson Room
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA


New Initiative by PHA: History Bibliographies

A new series of bibliographies on various on Pennsyvania and mid-Atlantic topics. The first, on labor history, is a collaborative effort of the PHA and the Pennsylvania Labor History Society.

A Bibliography of Labor History in Pennsylvania



The 2015 PHA Annual Meeting Call For Papers is now available.


A new book by Dan Barr is available: A Colony Sprung from Hell: Pittsburgh and the Struggle for Authority on the Western Pennsylvania Frontier.