This virtual gallery talk focuses on the companion exhibition to “Medieval Life: European Manuscripts in Philadelphia Collections” which looks at universal themes from *outside* medieval Europe. Continue reading
Learn more about the Mercer Museum Research Library in this virtual Zoom lecture. Continue reading
Join Archivist Chrissie Perella for a look at some of the Historical Medical Library’s collection of recipe books! Continue reading
Calling all library/archives/museum/education workers! Continue reading
Join the Athenaeum Curator for a brief history lesson on the Athenaeum of Philadelphia Continue reading
The PACSCL DEI committee invites you to attend a panel discussion about confronting and dismantling long-standing pejorative language in library cataloging and description, centering around the documentary, Change the Subject. Continue reading
“Debating Woman’s Place in America, 1860-1880” will offer a companion to the Library Company’s latest exhibition, “Women Get Things Done,” and a crash course on the activism that enabled the passage of the 19th Amendment. Continue reading
This presentation will introduce “German Heritage in Letters,” (germanletters.org), an initiative to find, collect, and share online, correspondence that sheds light on the effects of immigration from German-speaking lands to the United States on families and communities on both sides of the Atlantic. Continue reading
Discover Mercer Museum Research Library archives relating to African American history in Bucks County. Continue reading
Join us as we meet some of the folks who were key to winning and protecting women’s suffrage from the 19th century through the Civil Rights Era, who were gender variant or in same-sex relationships. Continue reading
Join the Catholic Historical Research Center of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for a digital exhibit premier! Continue reading
Virtual collection review by Rachel D’Agostino, Curator of Printed Books. Continue reading
This seminar will consider the innovative contributions of John Dickinson to the creation of the United States Constitution through his work on the Articles of Confederation (1776), the Annapolis Convention (1786) that met to consider the shortcomings of the Articles, the ensuing Federal Convention (1787), and the debate over ratification (1788). Continue reading
To celebrate Archives Month Philly, join PHS McLean Library staff as we examine an intriguing photo album from our archives. Continue reading
The 2020 Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon will showcase recently digitized glass lantern slides from the special collections of several Philadelphia area institutions. Continue reading
Emerging from an extraordinary conversation held at Library Company last year in conjunction with the annual conference of the Organization of American Historians, this round table conversation will reflect upon that conversation and assess recent developments related to voter disenfranchisement and the voting barriers that ostracize the poor, Black, and Latino communities. Continue reading
Join library staff members and students, who will describe how we spent this summer transcribing the letters of renowned botanist William Darlington (1782-1863). Continue reading
Join us online for a live virtual tour of Founder’s Hall and its museum with Director of Historical Resources, Kathy Haas. Continue reading
Locked safely away in Eastern State Penitentiary’s climate-controlled darkroom, hundreds of artifacts rest in neatly organized drawers. Thousands of photographs fill museum storage boxes. Rare books line the shelves. Each object is an irreplaceable historic treasure that tells part of Eastern State’s complex story. Continue reading
Curator’s talk for the exhibit “‘Scraps for Keeps’: Scrapbooks and Photo Albums from Distinctive Collections.” Continue reading
Once upon a time before computers, nifty little machines were used in classrooms and museums to make lectures visual; come engage with our film strip viewers! Continue reading
Spice Cookies vs. Oreos: which is more “Quaker”? Continue reading
One night only: Archival images projected through storefront windows and onto walls along Germantown Avenue. Continue reading
Come to Haverford to play Quaker-based and Quaker invented games! Continue reading
Archivists take over the popular bar-based monthly lecture series, Nerd Nite Philly. Continue reading
Archives & History Day is an annual gathering for archivists, local historians, and others interested in New Jersey History.
Experience Williamson College’s unique history by enjoying our display of materials in the George F. Heckler Archives during our Homecoming event. Continue reading
Explore original special collections and learn to identify states of literary manuscripts in the publishing process, highlighting formats that predate the use of computers in writing and publishing. Continue reading
Join the Redemptorist Archives for an open house with archive tours throughout the day and the unveiling of a new exhibit, “Pulling Back the Curtain: Portraits of Redemptorist Life,” revealing personal accounts from this Catholic order of priests and brothers who have been ministering in the United States since 1832. Continue reading
The Print Center is pleased to present two exhibitions this fall in conjunction with the Whitman at 200 initiative: “Keith Carter: Seek & Find” and “The Politics of Rhetoric.” The Print Center is also hosting numerous public programs related to the exhibits. Continue reading
In celebration of Archives Month, join us for a screening of short films from Philadelphia’s most fascinating archives and libraries. This year includes rarely screened clips of musical puppets, travel on the high seas, 1990s Ben Franklin, the magic of Saran Wrap, mimes, a soap opera about polymer, and more!
Explore some of the most intriguing and “hidden” items in the Mercer Museum Library during this evening program. Continue reading
Gather at Chester County Historical Society for a day of family fun and surprising opportunity to make history. Continue reading
Come behind the wall and find out more about one of Philadelphia’s richest and most influential citizens and the legacy of the unique school he founded. Continue reading
A dastardly villain is tinkering with time and changing the history of science. Let’s do some archival detective work to stop the crime! Continue reading
Go behind the scenes at the world’s largest museum of Three Stooges memorabilia.
NOTE: This event has sold out!
Join us in the Horner Library for a presentation by Philadelphia-based artist and book restorer Ruth Scott Blackson. Continue reading
The 2019 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. 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 originally created.
Take a voyage through the far-flung geographical corners of our collections; the catalogers of the Kislak Center will be your guides. Continue reading
Solve the mystery of what is behind the doors to the secret rooms. Continue reading
A maps & images open house to welcome local archivists into the newly renovated Quaker & Special Collections at Haverford College Continue reading
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.
Enjoy some tricks and treats with Villanova’s Distinctive Collections staff! Continue reading
Find out how the values of Quakerism shaped the defining social movements of the 1960s, including the Civil Rights Movement, the Freedom Summer of 1964, and the Anti-War protests. Continue reading
For one-night only, browse treasures from the Othmer Library’s collections and hone your skills in archival detective work at the Othmer Library Open House: Escape the Archives! Continue reading
Animal Cracker v. Meringue: which cookie is more ʺQuakerʺ? Continue reading
This innovative public art exhibit will transform Chestnut Hill’s familiar commercial corridor into an interactive exhibit of local history and architecture. Continue reading
The Historical Society of Frankford’s event is a free-form conference of members and friends of the Society who have researched various aspects of Northeast Philadelphia history and can bring the lore to bear in explaining the importance of maps, deeds, prints, and other documents from our special collections, plus a few items from our museum. The public is cordially invited to come, enjoy the occasion, and interact with the featured researchers.