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.


Winners of Student Poster Session at 2014 PHA Annual Meeting

1. Alex Tabor and Shelby Heisler, Slippery Rock University, "We Have had it Up to Here": Murder, Riot and Civil Rights in a Western Pennsylvania Industrial Town

2. Alexander Ames, University of Delaware, The Letter and the Spirit: Toward a Qualitative Method for the Study of Pennsylvania German Calligraphy and Manuscript Illumination, c. 1683-1855

3. James Kopaczewski, Villanova University, William White's War: An Irish-Philadelphian's Experiences in the American Civil War


Forthcoming in winter 2015 a joint issue of Pennsylvania History and Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography:


Along with the joint issue, supplemental materials will be available on this Web site.


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.