The Historical Society of Pennsylvania kicks off its 200th Anniversary programming with the first of five themed exhibits celebrating its diverse collection of documents and art reflecting our national history.

In partnership with the Association for Public Art, Public Art in Philadelphia: A Legacy Shaped by Women is on display at HSP from January 30 to March 15.

The exhibit highlights the historic accomplishments and recent contributions of women who have worked in the public art field as artists, benefactors, and leaders. Exploring the Association for Public Art’s archival collection at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and contemporary materials housed at aPA, the exhibit at HSP provides insight into the long-lasting impact of women’s contributions to the ongoing public art landscape locally and nationally.

A public reception unveiling the new exhibit takes place at HSP on Thursday, February 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event features opening remarks from David R. Brigham, Librarian and CEO of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and Charlotte Cohen, Executive Director of the Association for Public Art (aPA), with light refreshments to follow the program. Guests may register for the free event and find more anniversary programming information at