Design in the Archives – October 30, 2019

Join us Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm for Design in the Archives. The Free Library of Philadelphia, in coordination with the Delaware Valley Archivists Group, is celebrating American Archives Month with an evening of free activities and entertainment focused on archives and design.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

6:00pm – 8:00pm
Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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More than twenty local archives, museums, and special collections will fill the lobby with pop-up exhibits and activities. Stop by to learn about the 1833 architectural competition that determined Girard College’s design, the history of LGBTQ pride flags in the United States and Philadelphia, the founding of the Universal Design movement, the construction of the Ben Franklin Bridge, and so much more! You’ll also have the opportunity to get crafty by making your very own woman’s suffrage pin, coloring 19th century advertisements, designing a bookplate with stencils, and working with printmakers from Lead Graffiti to design a Werkman-style letterpress print.

This night the Library will also be celebrating its new and engaging architectural spaces at Parkway Central with a series of a free events, including live music spontaneously designed by Philadelphia’s very own Chuck Zyl; a cooking workshop in the newly designed Culinary Literacy Center of the Free Library; Free Turbo Talks on the importance of design and its impact on community engagement; and Discover Design, a treasure hunt, for your chance to win free prizes.

Participating Philadelphia institutions include: (Hover for more detail)

Architectural Archives-University of Pennsylvania – “Mapping to Design Urban Environments”

Bryn Athyn Historic District Archives at Glencairn Museum – “20th Century Medievalism”

Catholic Historical Research Center – “Art in Architecture”

Chester County Archives – “Designing Chester County”

City of Philadelphia Archives – “Designing the First World’s Fair in the United States: Selections from the Philadelphia City Archives Centennial Collection”

Chronicling Resistance – “Design in Dialogue”

Drexel University Archives – “Design at Drexel”

Founder’s Hall, Girard College – “Monumental Design: Creating Girard College”

Free Library of Philadelphia – “Discover Design”

— The Art Department
— The Business, Research and Innovation Center (BRIC)
— The Children’s Literature Research Collection
— The Culinary Literacy Center
— The Map Collection
— The Music Collection
— The Print and Picture Collection
— The Rare Book Department
— The Theatre Collection

Hagley Library – “Designing for Disability”

Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia – “Ex Libris: Curious and Remarkable Bookplates”

John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives at William Way LGBT Community Center – “Pride By Design: LGBTQ Symbols and Their Meanings”

PACSCL (Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries) – “Designing for Suffrage”

Paul Robeson Library, Rutgers University, Camden – “Building Bridges: Designing the Ben Franklin Bridge”

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Archives – “Centennial to Millennial: Design from 1876 to Today”

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania – “The Art of a Sale: Graphic Design in Advertising”

The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia – “Designing a Transformative Visitor Experience: Herman Melville at 200”

The Stoogeum – “Adver-Stooging”

University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press – “Design in the Archives: a Werkman Experience”

University of Pennsylvania, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts – “The Cat’s Whisker—Atha Tehon and the Design of Children’s Books”