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.
A documentary about Philadelphia’s role in the invention of photography and motion pictures. Join History Making Productions for this free screening at PhillyCAM on October 8th at 6:30pm.
Please join the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia for a special pop-up exhibit, “From Oyntments & Salves to Kotex & Pills.” Continue reading
In the 1960s Philadelphia citizens took action to spur change, with consumer boycotts, pride groups, and street riots. Guest speakers will explore how this fiery period compares to today. Continue reading
Join us for an evening filled with fancy menus, the history of brewing and wine making, and recipes for non-alcoholic botanicals and teas – all based on drinks in the archives!
A literary-themed cocktail party, this month celebrating Frankenstein! Continue reading
In collaboration, the Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra Tempesta di Mare and the Museum of the American Revolution present a music and story round-robin based on the 1785 London publication, ‘Twenty-Four American Country as Danced by the British during their winter quarters at Philadelphia, New York and Charles Town.’ Continue reading
See behind-the-scenes at one of Philly’s most unique museums! Continue reading
The Special Collections Processing Center reveals written and visual accounts of extraordinary, independent women who were determined to forge their own paths–we welcome you for a one evening show-and-tell to see our rare books and manuscripts chronicling the exploits and adventures of these extraordinary women. Continue reading
John T. Morris has one purpose in mind when he buys a farm across the road from his Chestnut Hill estate in 1914: turn it into a state-of-the-art school. Continue reading
The 2018 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.
Come to the Presbyterian Historical Society for a one-night-only display of temperance items from the collection. Continue reading
A live, 24-plus-hour marathon reading of Moby-Dick, produced by the Rosenbach and the Independence Seaport Museum. Continue reading
Join Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia and the African American Museum in Philadelphia on a special tour of Mother Bethel’s landmark church building, museum, and special collections led by church archivist and educator Margaret Jerrido. Continue reading
Mennonite Heritage Center archivist Forrest Moyer will share tips on how and where to look for family stories in papers that can be found online and at historical society archives. Continue reading
Not just for entertainment, music, movies, and even comic books often reflect and address real societal issues. Guest speakers will explore the political role of art during one of the most turbulent periods of the 20th century. Continue reading
In celebration of Archives Month, join us for a screening of short films from Philadelphia’s most fascinating archives and libraries.
The International Sculpture Center (ISC) will hold the 28th International Sculpture Conference: Defining Moments in the Face of Change in Philadelphia, PA from October 25-28, 2018. This four-day conference will bring together a diverse audience of artists, educators, arts administrators, museum directors, collectors, patrons, students, and sculpture enthusiasts. Continue reading
Join us for a curator’s tour of the upcoming monuments exhibit, a tour of the League house, and displays from the collection. Continue reading
All welcome, with a focus on women, people of color, and trans folk! Continue reading
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. Continue reading
“Invisible, not insignificant” uses the Historical Medical Library’s collection of 19th- and early 20th-century photographs, case books, diaries, and pamphlets to look at ‘invisible’ conditions such as depression, and explores 19th-century asylum life. Continue reading
Hear the curators of this exhibit discuss their ideas and process. Continue reading
For one-night only, discover how STEM education has changed over the centuries as the Othmer Library of Chemical History opens its vaults for American Archives Month! Continue reading
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. Continue reading
Come find out more about one of Philadelphia’s richest and most influential citizens and the legacy of the unique school he founded. Continue reading
Think you know Philadelphia history? Test your knowledge of the City of Brotherly Love in this special pub quiz organized by the Delaware Valley Archivists Group and the Philadelphia History Museum. Questions plumbed from the annals of our city’s past by your friendly local archivists will challenge you to recall the people, places, and events that make Philadelphia unique. Continue reading
Come see the invisible sights and unheard sounds of the moments before the big moments … before the counter-attack is launched, the play performed, an execution ordered, a new bestseller published. Continue reading
Who do we want to honor in public space? What are the untold stories that need to be told, and who are the storytellers? Continue reading
Learn about Christopher Ludwick, gingerbread maker and baker for the Contintenal Army during the American Revolution with gingerbread cookies to sample! Continue reading
See curios and oddities from the collection, view the “Presbyterians and the American Revolution” exhibit, and take a behind-the-scenes tour! Continue reading
Explore the lives of Philadelphia’s saints–Mother Katherine Drexel and Bishop John Neumann–with one of the country’s leading experts. Continue reading
Come join us, and other museum professionals, for a curator’s tour of the new exhibit in the Heritage Center, Risk & Reward: Entrepreneurship & the Making of Philadelphia. Continue reading
An afternoon of hands-on history where you can learn to read old hand writing and see what people in the past really had to say. Continue reading
Join us for an evening filled with temporary tattoos, origami, a library-wide scavenger hunt, and more – all based on animals from the archives!
A one night only document display, highlighting marvels of science, engineering, medicine, and 19th century innovations. Continue reading
What Do A German Assassin and Robert E. Lee have in common? Continue reading
A “behind the scenes” session on the servants who experienced Compton (now known as the Morris Arboretum) as their workplace. Continue reading
A screening of rarely seen commercials and films from Hagley’s audiovisual collections, plus specially selected materials from our library and archival collections. Continue reading
Take a look at these authentic wood or metal molds, and sample the cookies you can make with them! (SOLD OUT) Continue reading
Seminars, archives tour, movies, history organization expo, awards, raffle Continue reading