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Inspired by the worldly and entrepreneurial spirit of the citizens of Princeton, and graced by the important legacy of the town, the Historical Society of Princeton develops signature programs of learning and discovery to connect the lessons of the past to the issues which inform our future. Using our historic sites and collections, we teach local and international visitors that history is relevant in daily life, and can be used to explore a shared connection among people; to celebrate a love of place; and to promote conversations on creating a better future.
The Historical Society of Princeton (HSP), headquartered at Updike Farmstead in Princeton, is dedicated to bringing the remarkable history of Princeton to life for diverse audiences. The core mission of HSP is history education, provided via stewardship of a vast historical collection, relevant and thought-provoking exhibitions, exciting, hands-on public programs, and robust co-curricular support for schools.
The Historical Society of Princeton was founded in 1938, one of the earliest local history institutions in the area. Today, HSP serves as a hub for experiential education and stewardship of collections and places, preserving and sharing Princeton’s history with the broadest possible audiences. HSP reaches over 10,000 people in person and over 100,000 people virtually with its history education programs each year. Among its varied and vast collections is one of the most notable collections of Albert Einstein's personal belongings in the world.