Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon – October 12, 2017

The 2017 Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon will showcase glass lantern slides from the special collections of several Philadelphia institutions projected from an historic lantern projector in the Wagner’s Victorian-era lecture hall.


Photo taken by Henry Janvier of his dog, Snooks, sitting with a child in China in 1898. Courtesy Hagley Museum & Library.

6pm – 8pm on Thursday, October 12, 2017

Wagner Free Insitute of Science
1700 West Montgomery Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19121
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Celebrate Archives Month Philly at the Wagner Free Institute of Science as we showcase glass lantern slides from area special collections and learn about the conservation of this unique medium. The American Philosophical Society, Bryn Athyn College-Swedenborg Library, the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, Founder’s Hall, Girard College, Hagley Museum & Library, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Wagner Free Institute of Science will present an exciting evening of education and entertainment at the 5th annual Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon.


From the John Wanamaker collection, Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

In the spirit of lantern exhibition culture, this salon will bring together unique and rarely-seen images presented in the context for which they were created. Sit back and relax as we take historic tours of Girard College and Wanamaker’s department store; travel to the Hopei and Sichuan provinces of China; learn about the murals of Violet Oakley, and Emanuel Swedenborg and the Swedenborgian Church; the conservation of glass lantern slides; and more!

Predating the motion picture, lantern slides were used for entertainment and to illustrate educational programs. The Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon will be held in the Wagner’s Victorian-era lecture hall using an historic lantern projector. Please join us for a rare treat as we revive an old technology in order to see culturally significant lantern slide collections from the libraries and archives of Philadelphia’s most distinguished institutions.

Oakley Penn's Vision

Violet Oakley, “Penn’s Vision” from the Governor’s Reception Room mural series. Pennsylvania State Capitol, 1902-06. Philadelphia Museum of Art.