Check out what’s behind the wall at Girard College and explore treasures ranging from a letter from President Monroe asking for a loan to records of school dining hall cuisine.
6pm – 8pm on Thursday, October 5, 2017
Founder’s Hall, Girard College
2101 S. College Ave.
Philadelphia PA 19121
“A room most suitable for the purpose, shall be set apart for the reception and preservation of my books and papers, and I direct that they shall be placed there by my executors, and carefully preserved therein.”– Stephen Girard’s Will, 1831
Check out what’s behind the wall at Girard College. This unique collection, housed in a monumental Greek Revival landmark building, contains over 100,000 pages of papers left by the school’s founder, Stephen Girard, the richest man in America at the time of his death, as well as 170 years of documents from the unique school he established. Originally endowed to educate poor, white, male orphans ages 6-18, Girard College continues to educate a diverse pool of economically disadvantaged youth into the 21st century. Explore treasures ranging from a letter from President Monroe asking for a loan to records of school dining hall cuisine.
Join us for a collections tour at 6pm, including documents displayed especially for this event, and take a peek into storage. Light snacks will follow.
Please note that stairs are unavoidable at Founder’s Hall.