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

PHA achieves its mission by fostering the teaching and study of Pennsylvania history and culture through:

  • Publishing Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies,
  • Publishing a book series on historical topics of interest in partnership with Temple University Press,
  • Hosting an annual conference,
  • Connecting and encouraging the networking of scholars.

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. We are pleased to have partnerships with other organizations throughout the Commonwealth to promote an interest in Pennsylvania history.