On November 7,8 and 9th, 2017 the Jewish History Museum will be the site of the 26th annual conference of the Society for Crypto Judaic Studies annual Conference and the first time since its founding in 1991 it will be in Philadelphia. Pa. Conference attendees will stay at the Wyndham Hotel in the Colonial Historic District. And yes, Spanish Jews were settled in Philadelphia from 1735, and even Dr. Benjamin Franklin contributed 3 British Stirling pounds. A considerable amount at the time. Most of the Spanish Jews were Portuguese having fled from Spain during the expulsions.