Sociedad Hispana de Doylestown
Hispanic Society of Doylestown
A Bit of Background
Who we are is really tied into how we got started.
Terry, our founder, spent a good part of his career living in places outside the USA -mainly in South America- with his bride Jane (both from Janesville, WI). Now, if you've ever met Terry, you'd know that he loves to talk to people. It’s beyond a passion! It’s a need! Like breathing!
When Terry and Jane retired to Doylestown, PA, both missed having the opportunity to converse in Spanish. Although Doylestown hosted German and French language clubs, there was no Spanish language club; Terry took matters in his own hands. He posted a sign at a public bulletin board: “If you want to speak Spanish, give me a call.” And he left the address. Doylestown is like that, you’d like it here!
The first person to respond was our co-founder Melissa (along with her mother who was born in Spain) who also wanted to practice her language skills. So, the Spanish Society of Doylestown (or "Sociedad Hispana", as we like to call it) is really based on two things: enjoying each other’s company and speaking Spanish.
What began as a small, social group has grown over the years to more than 90 members and has a much more organized structure. Sociedad Hispana Doylestown is now a 501c(3) approved, non-profit organization. Founded in Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 2007, we are dedicated to facilitating cross cultural understanding among the Hispanic and non-Hispanic communities in our area through language, literature and the arts.
Sociedad Hispana implements its mission statement through cross cultural exchanges including weekly conversation groups, Spanish and English language learning opportunities, a Spanish book club, Tertulia gatherings, school presentations, cultural trips to NYC and Philadelphia, local and global community outreach and more! Feel free to contact us with any questions.
Membership donations support our student scholarships and community outreach programs. All dues are tax-deductible and eligible for corporate matching.
2020 Annual Dues:
$50 = Couple
$35 = Individual (age 18 to 65)
$30 = Senior (above 65)
$5 = Student (below 25)
Current members can renew online by completing this form:
New members, please complete the membership form here,
and mail it with your check (payable to "Sociedad Hispana Doylestown") to:
P.O. Box 153
Doylestown, PA 18901
We are grateful for the generosity of individuals and area businesses who sponsor Sociedad Hispana! Almost 100% of the donations we receive go directly back to the community in the form of student scholarships and outreach programs.
A detailed list of our current sponsors is available here.
Thank you for your support!
To learn more about becoming a sponsor, please contact us.
($1000 and more)
(up to $99)
2020 SHD Scholarship Application is now available here!
The deadline to submit the application is February 15, 2020.
In 2012, Sociedad Hispana Doylestown began offering scholarships to local high school students. Each year, we award thousands of dollars to students who have taken the highest level of Spanish at their school and who plan to continue studying Spanish in higher education.
Anyone who meets the criteria outlined in the current scholarship application may apply. Due to the high volume of applicants that we receive, the scholarship process is divided into two rounds: finalist selection and scholarship selection. The first round is based on a written essay, while the second round is based on both a timed writing sample and a series of interviews in Spanish. An awards ceremony is held in May.
SHD is very thankful to all its members and sponsors
for providing this scholarship opportunity every year!
For more details about the SHD scholarship program, please click here.
SPANISH BOOK CLUB
At 7:00pm each 4th Wednesday of the month members and invited guest speakers meet and greet at the Doylestown Free Public Library to discuss the book selection of the month. This is a Spanish language book club.
Periodically, Sociedad Hispana travels to NYC to attend off Broadway productions in Spanish, at Repertorio Español, when book club selections are acted out on stage.
For a current book club schedule, please click here.
Sociedad Hispana offers the following resources for learning / practicing either
SPANISH –or– ENGLISH:
Free Weekly Conversation Group
Free Weekly ESL Class
Monthly Spanish Book Club
Monthly Tertulia Circle
Guest speakers for classroom and/or school presentations
List of local Spanish tutors available for private classes
Networking for families interested in bilingual playdates
Native speakers available to answer questions about language + culture
Volunteer opportunities to use your Spanish / English skills to help others
For more information, please click here.
If you have a specific question, related to Spanish or English learning,
you may email us at email@example.com. Thank you! ¡Gracias!
Many parents with young children are members of Sociedad Hispana. Whether your family speaks Spanish at home, or your kids are just starting to learn the language, connecting with other bilingual / multilingual families is a wonderful opportunity!
Some of our past kids' activities include:
Bilingual Story Time
For more information, click here.
Sociedad Hispana offers a great variety of social and cultural events to the benefit of our members, friends and general public.
Some of our past events include:
Theater at Repertorio Español, New York
Exhibits at the Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Spanish films at the County Theater, Doylestown
Group trip to Cuba
Milonga night with tango lessons
Cultural discussions on various topics
Lunch or dinner at local restaurants
To view our current calendar of events, please click here.
Free Events for Members
Awards Ceremony for Scholarships
Family Gathering at Local Park
Hispanic Heritage Celebration / BBQ
Festive End-of-Year Party!
Email is usually the best way to contact us quickly. We are an organization run by volunteers and will do our best to answer all inquiries in a timely manner. ¡Gracias!
To become a member, click HERE.
To make a tax-deductible donation, click HERE.
Sociedad Hispana Doylestown
P.O. Box 153
Doylestown, PA 18901