100 years in Nursing History & Open House and Tour, Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing on October 12th – Ongoing Exhibit, 2015

Exhibit will be ongoing for month of October, Open House Event and Tour of the Center will be on October 12th from 5-7 PM

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
418 Curie Boulevard, Floor 2U, Philadelphia, PA 19104

100 Years in Nursing History will be an ongoing exhibit that explores the rich history of the nursing profession beginning in 1915 and will include photos and selections from the archives of the Bates Center.

Open House and Tour Description for 10/12/15: Come explore the archives of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing at Penn Nursing. As one of the oldest and largest archives dedicated to preserving nursing’s rich history, the Bates Center is a rich resource for researchers from across the globe who are interested in the historical development of nursing.

The open house will be held on October 12th from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM and will feature the Center’s ongoing exhibit “100 Years in Nursing History,” as well as select items from the archives.

Follow the Bates Center on Twitter @Penn_Bateshx
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PennNursingBatesHistoryCenter
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/nursinghistory/

Rosenbach Hands-On Tour: Banned Books – October 2, 2015

Ulysses & JoyceFriday, October 2, 2015 – 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Rosenbach Museum & Library
2008 Delancey Place, Philadelphia PA, 19103
$5 + general admission
Advanced registration strongly recommended

From the Canterbury Tales to Ulysses, the Rosenbach’s collection is full of books that have been banned, challenged, or censored. Take your rights and the books back into your own hands, discuss the controversies surrounding them, and celebrate your freedom to read.

About Hands-On Tours
Created especially for visitors who seek an in-depth and focused look at our collection, Hands-On Tours allow you unparalleled access to rare and important items that are not usually on view to the public. Depending on the tour, you will have the chance to handle historic items, be it by turning the page of a rare book, testing the weight of a delicate teacup, or reading from a manuscript. Click here for a list of all themes and an up-to-date schedule.

Advance Registration
Hands-On Tours are offered almost every Friday and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Advance registration is strongly recommended, as there are a limited number of spots on each tour and tours without registrants 48 hours in advance will be cancelled. To register, call (215)732-1600, ext. 100 or e-mail rsvp@rosenbach.org.

Drop-in Visitors
Any open spots on a tour will become available to drop-in visitors on a first-come first-served basis at noon on the day of the tour. If you plan to drop-in for a Hands-On Tour, please call (215)732-1600 and dial “0” to confirm that the tour is being offered.

$5 per person (in addition to the cost of general admission).

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Monmouth County Archives and History Day – October 3, 2015

October 3, 2015, 9am-3pm

Monmouth County Library HQ
125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan, NJ 07726
RSVP required for tour of Monmouth County Archives

Archives Day 2014-39_long_viewThe event includes a History Forum, 62 exhibit tables hosted by history organizations, awards presentations, and a history game with prizes, as well as a tour of the Monmouth County Archives, for which reservation is required. Attendees will be able to view the exhibit, “New Jersey in Focus: The World War I Era, 1910-1920,” which will be on view in the library’s gallery for the month of October, after which it will be hung in the hallway outside the Archives office on the lower level of the building.

Also during the week preceding the main event:

Tuesday, September 29, 2pm, movie, WWI era, “The Water Diviner”

Wednesday, September 30, 9:30-11:45am: Seminar, Newspaper Photo Collections in New Jersey
Sarah Hull, Plainfield Public Library (Courier News)
Gary D. Saretzky, Monmouth County Archives (Red Bank Register)
Boris Von Faust, Passaic County Historical Society (Paterson Evening News)

Wednesday, September 30, 1-2:30pm: Lecture by Joe Grabas, “Monmouth County Land Holdings”

Thursday, October 1, 2pm, movie, WWI, “Lawrence of Arabia: The Battle for the Arab World”

Complete program and details

DIY Archives Workshop – October 05, 2015

diyarchivesMonday, October 5, 6 pm to 8 pm

William Way Community Center
1315 Spruce St 
Philadelphia, PA 19107
For more information or to RSVP, please email archives@waygay.org

A fun, hands on workshop on how to assess, arrange, restore and archive your personal memorabilia, photos and objects.

Your story is important! This workshop, co-sponsored by the William Way Community Center, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts is open to anyone.You can bring in samples of the kinds of things that document your own life, your family and your community. We’ll give you tips on how to store that memorabilia, how to maintain it, repair it and handle it. We’ll even point you toward local libraries and archives that might be interested in accepting your treasures when you’re ready to give them up, or just can’t move them one more time.

Nerd Nite: Archives Edition – October 7, 2015

NEW-NN-Logo-2015October 7, 2015. Doors open at 4pm, show starts at 7:30pm.

Frankford Hall
1210 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
$5 cover gets you admission plus happy hour specials all night

Archivists take over the popular bar-based monthly lecture series, Nerd Nite Philly.

Lisa Berry Drago [Chemical Heritage Foundation] will present “You’ve Got Some Gall: Early Modern Inks and Pigments”

So, you’re a monk in the fourteenth century, and you want to copy a few pages of your favorite hymnal. No problem! First, you catch a goat. Then you skin a goat. Then you find some gall nuts on an oak tree, and some good red wine… okay, you get the idea. Writing and book-making were highly specialized arts requiring patience and expertise. This Nerd Nite, you’ll learn about the process of making manuscripts, and even get to try your hand at writing with real iron-gall ink and feather quills.

Tara O’Brien [Historical Society of Pennsylvania] will discuss the history of cursive writing. Maybe we can get her take on the importance of teaching penmanship in Philly public schools?

And Matt Herbison [Drexel University College of Medicine Legacy Center] will talk about “She-Doctors and Shameless Non-Blushers: Women Physicians in the US”

Philly has always been a big medical school town, including the Female Medical College of PA, the first med school for women in the world, founded in 1850 by Quakers (naturally).  Women working outside their accepted sphere of home and family and getting elbows-deep into unwomanly medical situations was far from universally accepted – in fact, over 160 years later, the gender imbalance for doctors is still significant.  To do up Archives Month the way it deserves, we’ll get our own hands dirty with this turbulent history and uncover juicy original documents that reveal the struggles these women faced when they deigned to enter the men’s world of science and medicine

What is Nerd Nite?
Nerd Nite is a monthly lecture event that strives for an inebriated, salacious, yet deeply academic vibe. It’s often about science or technology, but by no means is it limited to such topics. And it’s definitely entertaining. Our unofficial tag line is “It’s like the Discovery Channel – with beer!” There are Nerd Nites around the world, Philadelphia is just one of them. Take a gander at http://philadelphia.nerdnite.com/welcome/ for more info.

Unlacing the Victorian Woman – October 8, 2015

+Worcester-1975-F-1011Thursday, October 8, 6:15 pm

Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Free for LCP members or $12 for nonmembers
Please RSVP here

This interactive performance will unveil the mystique of ladies fashion in the Victorian era. The “Victorian Striptease” is an exclusive opportunity to experience first-hand the trials and tribulations of women’s fashion.

An eye opening performance, provided by historian and performer Barbara Darlin, will provide a historical perspective on women’s fashion, the female body image, and how fashion impacted daily life at the turn of the 20th century. Unlacing the Victorian Woman is a program of Fashioning Philadelphia, the Library Company’s latest exhibit examining the style of the City of Philadelphia from 1720 – 1940. Dessert reception to follow performance.

Dessert reception to follow event.

Before the event, please take advantage of Nomad Roman’s (1305 Locust Street) happy hour from 4-6 pm: 20% of proceeds will go back to Library Company.


bathtub ginOctober 13, 2015 – 3:30pm Tour, 4:30pm pop-up exhibit at Heritage Center

The Heritage Center of The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Registration required; call Jes Rudderow at 215-587-5596 or foundations@unionleague.org

Prohibition-themed walking tour led by Bob Skiba and pop-up exhibit. Begin at City Hall, end at the Heritage Center of the Union League of Philadelphia. Free snacks, cash bar (no bathtub gin). Sponsors: Heritage Center, William Way LGBT Center, MARAC-PA, PACSCL.

Tour is limited to 25 people and will be approximately one hour. Heritage Center portion of the event open to 50 people. Registration is required. Please contact Jes Russerow at 215-587-5596 or foundations@unionleague.org to register or with any questions. More information (including the exact location to meet for the tour) will be emailed to attendees as the event approaches.

Sponsors: The Heritage Center of The Union League of Philadlephia; The John J. Wilcox, Jr., Archives at the William Way LGBT Community Center; The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference Pennsylvania Caucus, and the Philadelphia Area Consortium for Special Collections Libraries.

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Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon – October 14, 2015

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 6:00-8:00PM

Wagner Free Institute of Science
1700 W. Montgomery Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19121

The 2015 Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon will showcase glass lantern slides from the special collections of 7 Philadelphia institutions projected from an historic lantern projector in the Wagner’s Victorian-era lecture hall.

WagnerforAMPGlass lantern slides are wonderful artifacts in and of themselves, but they are most interesting when we discuss the context for which they were originally created. In the spirit of lantern exhibition culture, this year’s salon participants will present a narrative story with their slides. The American Philosophical Society, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, the Franklin Institute, the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, the Scott Memorial Library of Thomas Jefferson University, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the Wagner Free Institute of Science will present an exciting evening of education and entertainment. Sit back and relax as we travel to the American West and the Lesser Antilles, delve into the destruction and relief efforts of WWI, get early 20th century lessons in social studies and science, and learn the benefits of abstinence from alcohol.

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.

More information: http://www.wagnerfreeinstitute.org/syllabi%202015-16/LanternSlideSalon2015.htm

The Paper Menagerie: Animals on the Page in the Kislak Center’s Special Collections – October 15, 2015

Thursday, October 15, 5:30-7:30 PMarchives15_300

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, 6th Floor
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)
Registration for this talk is appreciated but not required. Please RSVP HERE or contact rbml@pobox.upenn.edu or 215.898.7088

Human fascination with animals has always inspired us to recreate their form in a variety of media; from cave paintings of prehistoric creatures to plush teddy bears, we surround ourselves with them. They are loyal companions and bloodthirsty predators, and they intrigue us with their strength and beauty. As part of Archives Month Philly, fearsome beasts and fluffy friends alike will leap from the pages of the Kislak Center’s collections. Join the cataloging staff for an evening safari that will include vicious lions, colorful fish, beautiful bugs, and perhaps even a few zoological mysteries!

Fresh Air Archives – October 16, 2015


October 16, 2015 at 3:30 – 5pm

150 N. 6th Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, an award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is produced by WHYY in Philadelphia and distributed nationally by National Public Radio (NPR). The hour-long interview show is currently adding metadata to its archives to make it more widely available for research and scholarship. Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of WHYY studios, listen to selected “gems” from Fresh Air Archives, and talk to the producers of the program about their use of archives for research and production.

Philly History Quizzo – October 20, 2015

quizzo2014Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 7:00 pm to approximately 9:00 pm

National Mechanics Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant
22 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Entry is free, pay-as-you-go for food and drink
No advance registration required, but arrive early to claim a table!

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. 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.

What is quizzo? 

Bring your buddies – or make some new friends! – and form a team of up to six players. While the program starts at 7:00 pm, we advise you to arrive early in order to claim your table. The night’s Quizmaster, a local archivist, will ask three rounds of ten questions each about Philadelphia history. You’ll write your answers on response sheets that will be collected after each round. Prizes will be awarded to the highest scoring teams and to the team with the Quizmaster’s favorite team name.

Big thanks to our prize sponsors!
Chemical Heritage Foundation
Heritage Center at the Union League
National Mechanics
Philadelphia History Museum
Bob Skiba and Ed Mauger


Celebrating PhillyHistory’s 10th Birthday! – October 21, 2015

FeaturedAssetStreamWednesday, October 21, 2015 | 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Philadelphia City Hall, Broad and Market Street
Enter at the northeast corner of City Hall. You will need a picture ID to sign in. Guard will direct you to Conversation Hall, Room 201
RSVP to jill.rawnsley@phila.gov

Celebrate ten years of PhillyHistory.org by joining us for a panel discussion featuring PhillyHistory staff, bloggers, and public users. We’ll discuss PhillyHistory’s creation and development, lessons learned from ten years of maintaining a digital history project, and our plans for making historic images available online for years to come.

In 2005, the City of Philadelphia Department of Records launched the Photo Archives Website to support public viewing and geographic search of over 1,000 historic photographs taken throughout Philadelphia. Ten years later, PhillyHistory.org features over 130,000 historic photographs and maps from five organizations, includes almost thousands of data edits submitted by members of the public, maintains a regularly updated blog with over eight years of entries, and has received several large grants.

Personal Digital Archiving Day at Bryn Mawr College, October 21, 2015

PDAD2015October 21, 2015 4:30-6pm

Bryn Mawr College
Seminar Room 205, Canaday Library, Bryn Mawr College

Is Instagram the new scrapbook? Increasingly our possessions and our communications are no longer physical material, they’re digital and they are dependent on technology to make them accessible. As new technology emerges and current technology becomes obsolete, we need to actively manage our digital possessions to help protect them and keep them available for years to come. Personal digital archiving means taking steps (small or big) to ensure your family memories, personal and professional papers are safe from disaster, human error, or everyday digital wear and tear.

LITS and SGA’s Personal Digital Archiving Day workshop will focus on best practices for managing personal digital archives as well as issues and challenges surrounding digital archiving, culminating in a hands-on mystery game.


Personal Digital Archiving Workshop at Swarthmore – October 21, 2015

pdadSwat1:30-2:30 pm on October 21, 2015

Swarthmore College
McCabe Library, Computer Classroom
500 College Ave., Swarthmore, PA 19081
No registration required

What happens to your email when you graduate or retire from Swarthmore College? Will you be able to open today’s photos in five years? As new technology emerges and current technology becomes obsolete, we need to actively manage our digital possessions to keep them available for years to come. Don’t worry – friendly campus archivists, librarians, and ITS staff are here to help!

Personal digital archiving means taking steps (small or big) to ensure your family memories, personal and professional papers are safe from disaster, human error, or everyday digital wear and tear. This workshop will introduce key issues and best practices for preserving your digital possessions.

Snacks provided.

Sponsored by: Friends Historical Library, Information Technology Services, and Digital Initiatives & Scholarship.

Othmer Library Open House – October 22, 2015

dow_teaser_croppedOctober 22, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Registration required. RSVP here

For one night only, discover hidden treasures from the Othmer Library of Chemical History as we open our vaults in celebration of American Archives Month! Visitors will have the opportunity to browse a selection of our most unique and interesting materials, from alchemical manuscripts and alternative versions of the periodic table, to vintage chemistry notebooks and advertisements from the Dow Chemical Company. Enjoy light refreshments while chatting with our archivists and librarians about these remarkable collections. You won’t want to miss this exclusive peek at everything you never knew about the history of chemistry – RSVP today!

About the Othmer Library of Chemical History
The Othmer Library of Chemical History, part of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, collects, preserves, and makes accessible materials relating to the history of science, technology, and medicine, with an emphasis on chemistry and chemical engineering from ancient to modern times. The Library houses approximately 160,000 printed volumes, rare books and manuscripts, significant archival materials, and a rich collection of historical photographs. Together, these collections span nearly six miles of shelves and form an unrivaled resource for the history of chemistry and related sciences, technologies, and industries.

Follow the Chemical Heritage Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

Personal Digital Archiving Workshop at Haverford College, October 26, 2015

October 26th 4:30-6:00

Haverford College, Magill Library Phillips Wing
370 Lancaster Avenue Haverford, PA 19041

Our personal and professional records are now primarily digital, and our lives are geared toward constant sharing of these works ­­ from our own scholarly output to family photos. The complexity of these growing collections in every sphere of our lives cannot be overstated. The Quaker and Special Collection’s Personal Digital Archiving Day Workshop welcomes anyone that is interested in ensuring long-term access to these personal collections and archives. The workshop will share best practices for creating, managing, and preserving your personal digital records, discuss issues affecting personal digital archiving practices such as copyright, privacy, and security as well as provide some hands-on activities.

The workshop will take place in the Phillips Wing in Magill Library

The Monstrous, Fabled & Factual: Exploring the Meaning of ‘Monster,’ 1500-1900 – October 26, 2015

Monday, October 26, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Reservations required. RSVP here

https://i1.wp.com/www.cppdigitallibrary.org/files/fullsize/75ad72cef934227a643571d86182c9c6.jpgWhat is a monster? Today, one often thinks of large, fantastical – and often frightening – creatures when one hears the word ‘monster.’ The meaning of ‘monster’ has changed seemingly little over the years. However, at one time, ‘monster’ was used also to describe people with medical anomalies, not just fabulous creatures out of legends.

As part of Archives Month Philly, The Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia will be displaying materials that explore what it meant to be a ‘monster’ in the 16th through the early 20th centuries and how the use of the term has changed – at least in the medical world.

This event is free, but reservations are required. Space is limited to 30 attendees. A behind-the-scenes tour of the library stacks is included with this event.

Meet the Free Library of Philadelphia Special Collections – October 27, 2015

October 27, 2015 at 6pm

burt00515Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street, 4th floor
Space is limited, so please RSVP here

The Free Library of Philadelphia invites you to learn more about the seven fantastic special collections at Parkway Central: the Automobile Reference Collection, the Children’s Literature Research Collection, the Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music, the Map Collection, the Print and Picture Collection, the Rare Book Department, and the Theatre Collection.

Treasures from each collection will be on view, and the collections’ curators will lead a special show-and-tell. A reception with light refreshments and drinks will follow.

Archives Month Philly Film Screening – October 28, 2015

screening01screening02October 28, 2015 at 7pm

531 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

A screening of 8 or 9 works, originally on film, that are housed in local Philadelphia repositories. Thanks to the generosity of NFL Films, five of these works were transferred to digital files and are now accessible to the public. They include home movie footage, documentaries and even Muppets! Representatives from all the organizations involved will be on hand to discuss the films and answer questions.

Films contributed by:
University of Pennsylvania, Kislak Center
Hagley Museum and Library
Penn Museum
History Making Productions
Philadelphia City Archives
German Society of Pennsylvania
Fairmount Park Historic Resource Archives

Coming Soon: Archives Month Philly 2015

images_logoOctober is American Archives Month, an opportunity for archives and archivists around the country to raise public awareness about the value of historical records and collections. Archives Month Philly is an annual celebration of archives, special collections and cultural institutions that draws inspiration from both the national American Archives Month effort and past Archives Week initiatives organized by the Delaware Valley Archivist Group.

Throughout the month there’s a diverse array of tours, workshops, screenings, exhibits and lectures. This Archives Month, discover, explore and get inspired by historical treasures and programs at Philadelphia’s most notable archives, special collections, repositories, and other cultural institutions. See you around at Archives Month Philly!

50th Anniversary Celebration of Lloyd Alexander’s “The Book of Three” – October 11 and Ongoing Exhibit, 2014

lloydalexanderEvent on October 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm in the Montgomery Auditorium
Exhibit on view all October, Monday – Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm in the Rare Book Department

Free Library of Philadelphia,
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA
No registration required

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of “The Book of Three,” the first book in Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles, the Rare Book Department is displaying a small exhibition of archival material relating to its creation and publication.

Philadelphia native Lloyd Alexander wrote more than 40 books for children and young adults, including the “exciting, highly imaginative, and sometimes profound” (New York Times) fantasy series The Chronicles of Prydain. In 1995, he donated his papers to the Children’s Literature Research Collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

On October 11, at 1pm in the Montgomery Auditorium, bestselling fantasy author Tamora Pierce will lecture on Lloyd Alexander, followed by a discussion with Alexander’s goddaughter Sharyn November, senior editor at Viking Children’s Books and Editorial Director at Firebird Books.

A screening of “The Black Cauldron” will follow the lecture and discussion.

Follow the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Rare Book Department on Facebook and Twitter. More event details at http://libwww.freelibrary.org/authorevents/index.cfm?ID=47433&type=2

Canonizing Homophile Sexual Respectability: Archives, History, and Memory – October 02, 2014

drummagThursday, 10/2/2014 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Free and open to the public.
Please RSVP here

Dr. Marc Stein will use Philadelphia LGBT history to explore the sexual dimensions of the past when historians, librarians, archivists, publishers, and others construct and reconstruct historical narratives.

Cosponsored by the Library Company of Philadelphia. Preceeded by a reception at Library Company of Philadelphia at 5:30, with the lecture to follow at HSP at 7 p.m.

More information: http://hsp.org/calendar/canonizing-homophile-sexual-respectability-archives-history-and-memory

Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon – October 08, 2014

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“Iris Bowl” garden on the Lloyd estate, Haverford, PA circa 1930. Credit: McLean Library Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6-8 PM

The Wagner Free Institute of Science
1700 W. Montgomery Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19121
Please register here

The 2nd Annual Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon showcases glass lantern slides from the special collections of 6 Philadelphia institutions projected from an historic lantern projector in the Wagner’s Victorian-era lecture hall.

This encore of last year’s popular event will showcase historic lantern slide collections from the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, the Historical Society of Frankford, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Predating the motion picture, lantern slides were used for entertainment and to illustrate educational programs and courses. The salon will be held in the Wagner’s unchanged Victorian lecture hall using an original lantern slide projector. Join us for a rare treat as we revive an old technology in order to see globally significant lantern slide collections drawn from the libraries and archives of Philadelphia’s most distinguished institutions.

More info: http://www.wagnerfreeinstitute.org/syllabi%202014-15/LanternSlideSalon2014.htm

Hagley Library Open House & Behind the Scenes Tour – October 11, 2014

Saturday, October 11, 9:00 a.m. to noonhagley-open-house-conservators-web

Hagley Library, Copeland Room
298 Buck Road, Wilmington, DE 19807
Reservations are required for the tour but not necessary for the open house. RSVP to Cheryl Jackson, cjackson@hagley.org or 302-658-2400.

Staff will be on hand with carefully selected materials from Hagley’s vast historical research collections related to the history of enterprise and technology. The event will include an introductory presentation from Director of Library Services Erik Rau followed by behind-the-scenes tours.

Behind-the-scenes tours will give visitors a rare look at storage areas, where we keep millions of photographs as well as thousands of books and other historical publications. In addition, participants can see our conservation area, where library conservators will demonstrate some of their current work in protecting Hagley’s historical documents.

The open house does not require a reservation, but visitors interested in the behind-the-scenes tours are asked to reserve their spot by contacting Cheryl Jackson at cjackson@hagley.org or (302) 658-2400, ext. 239. Tours will be begin at 10 and 11 a.m., and additional tours will be scheduled if necessary.

About Hagley Museum and Library

Hagley’s Library is the nation’s leading business history library, archives, and research center. Current holdings comprise 37,000 linear feet in the Manuscripts and Archives Department, 290,000 printed volumes in the Published Collections Department, and 2 million visual items and 330,000 digital images and pages in the Audiovisual and Digital Initiatives Department

At Hagley, we invite people of all ages to investigate and experience the unfolding history of American business, technology, and innovation, and its impact on the world, from our home at the historic DuPont powder yards on the banks of the Brandywine.

For more information, call (302) 658-2400 weekdays or visit www.hagley.org.



Monmouth County (NJ) Archives and History Day – October 11, 2014


October 11, 2014, 9am-3pm
Monmouth County Library
125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan, NJ 07726
Attendance for individuals is free and pregistration not required except for Monmouth County Archives tour. Table registration required for history organizations. Registration: Shelagh Reilly, 732-308-3771 x3776.

Exhibition hall with 62 tables staffed by history-related organizations. Keynote, “Civil War Music,” by historian and musician Joe Becton, at 1pm. Other events during the day as listed in online program.

Link to Monmouth County website for more information

Sauerkraut-Making Workshop – October 14, 2014

Marisa McClellan author photo low resTuesday, October 14th at 7 PM

German Society Of Pennsylvania
611 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA
The cost of attending the workshop is $15
Attendance will be capped at 20 participants.  For registration and other information, please contact the GSP office or Chrissy Bellizzi (librarian@germansociety.org).

Beginning at 7 PM in the German Society of Pennsylvania’s Ratskeller, food writer and canning expert Marisa McClellan (http://foodinjars.com/) will demonstrate how to extend the shelf life of your Kohl with a sauerkraut-making workshop.  Highlights of the Horner Memorial Library’s cookbook collection will also be on display in the reading room for the viewing pleasure of participants.PreservingPint_cvr_PreservingPint_cvr

After Hours for Planners with Archival Planning Films – October 14, 2014

geophillyTuesday, October 14, 2014, 6:00 PM

531 N 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA
RSVP here

GeoPhilly, Philadelphia’s meetup group for map enthusiasts, is pleased to present After Hours for Planners with Archival Planning Films. This free event is held on the last day of the America Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter Annual Conference and features archival films from the 1950s-1960s about city planning and Philadelphia. A meet and greet with local urban planners and GeoPhilly members will follow the film screening at The Institute Bar.

These archival films are a time capsule of mid-century Philadelphia life and historical planning practices. The films feature a variety of planning recommendations which are at times archaic and at others times innovative and progressive. We hope you will find these films as charming, entertaining and fun as we do!

Films Include:

No Time for Ugliness (1965): this film highlights case studies in urban renewal (like Detroit’s Lafayette Park) and historic preservation (like Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown). It also warns us of the uniformity of the American suburb and the thoughtless environment that results from car-related development.

Birth of a City (1950s): Educational / promotional film by the Turnpike Land Company showing how the city of Broomfield Heights, Colorado was planned and constructed. Scenic features of the area are highlighted to convince the viewer they should move to the new city.

Song of Philadelphia (1961): The “Song of Philadelphia” provides an overview of select people, places, and events in the city. The film was produced for the Office of the City Representative Division of Public Information Board of Trade and Conventions and is narrated by Dick Clark.

Important People (1960s): This Philadelphia Transportation Company film provides an overview of the many people who work together to provide mass transportation in the City of Philadelphia. There’s one group in particular, however, that is identified as “the most important people!”

Lost in the Great War, Resurrected from the Archives – October 15, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:00pm – 7:00pmWWI

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Please register in advance here

Over twenty-five hundred service people from Philadelphia lost their lives in the Great War, and each of them had a story. Some of their stories live on in the memories of their descendants, many of whom still live in the Philadelphia area today. But many left no descendants, having died young—often in their late teens or early twenties—before they had the opportunity to start a family. As a result, there was no one left to remember and share the story of their lives.

Now, a project is underway to identify and document the lives of those who fell. Inspired by a list of names and addresses discovered in the Pennsylvania State Archives, volunteers from the academic and genealogical communities have come together to create an online database, “The Fallen of the Great War.” Drawing on the energy and expertise of experienced volunteers, the project will produce a biographical encyclopedia, a social science dataset, and an interactive map of Philadelphia, displaying where the service people lived before they left for the Great War.

Learn more about the origins and future of the Fallen of the Great War project. Joyce Homan of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania and Ruth Martin of Heritage Reports will share some of the stories the volunteer researchers have uncovered so far and also discuss the perils and rewards of undertaking such a venture.

Link to more information on the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s website

Cataloging Conflict – October 16, 2014

archives14_300Thursday, October 16, 2014, 5:30 PM

Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)
Registration for this talk is appreciated but not required. Please RSVP HERE or contact rbml@pobox.upenn.edu or 215.898.7088

One hundred years ago, the first shots of World War I resonated around the world. The scale of conflict was unprecedented and affected soldiers, civilians, governments, the arts, and industry. But what many hoped would be the “War to End All Wars” instead launched a century of conflict and continued humankind’s long history of warfare.

As part of Philly Archives Month, the catalogers of the Special Collections Processing Center will display items from Penn’s collections that document, or were inspired by, conflict. Please join us to see propaganda toilet paper, letters to soldiers, 15th-century indulgences sold to raise money for papal armies, soldiers’ songs performed by Marian Anderson, sketchbooks from battlefronts, photograph albums, and … Penn’s famous Rocket Cats!

‘Staches and Spirits – October 16, 2014

fullstacheThursday, 10/16/2014 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Purchase tickets here

Brush, tease, and apply the pomade for a party all about hair! Guests will enjoy an evening of hors d’oeuvres, raffle prizes, a whiskey tasting from WhistlePig Whiskey, and an exclusive, one-night document display showing some of the best hairstyles through the centuries.

More information: http://hsp.org/calendar/staches-and-spirits

“The Greatest Musical Wonder in The World” talk at the Heritage Center of the Union League – October 21, 2014

SeifertPromolRSPSTuesday, October 21, 2014, 5:30 to 7PM

Heritage Center at the Union League (entrance at sidewalk level)
140 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19102
RSVP by e-mail to foundations@unionleague.org or by phone to 215-587-5596
There is not a dress code for this event.

Mr. Richard L. Seifert’s acclaimed musical documentary on the history of the Wanamaker Organ, humbly titled “The Greatest Musical Wonder in The World,” a history of the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ, has earned positive reviews and support.

Called a “riveting presentation on the Wanamaker Organ” by Friends of The Wanamaker Organ Executive Director, Mr. Ray Biswanger, it also received a favorable nod from Macy’s Grand Court Organist, Mr. Peter Richard Conte, and enthusiastic support from Dr. William Allan Zulker, author of “John Wanamaker King of Merchants.” It is a visual window into the former glory of the Wanamaker department store, with a unique perspective on Philadelphia’s famous retail pioneer John Wanamaker.

About Richard L. Seifert

Mr. Seifert is a native of Merion, PA. He studied music in Philadelphia at the former New School of Music and Philadelphia College of Bible. He is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA, with a degree in Applied Piano, and earned his Teaching Certification in Music Education from Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA. He taught Piano, Choral and Elementary Music in the Seattle area schools for many years, and was President of The Snohomish County Music Teachers Association, where he developed a variety of music festivals and programs for local youth. In 2012 Mr. Seifert relocated back to Philadelphia and currently teaches privately at Lower Merion Piano. Passionate about Philadelphia history, Mr. Seifert volunteers as a historian/archivist for the Friends of The Wanamaker Organ.

The Heritage Center at the Union League

Hours open to the public: Tuesday and Thursday, 3:00pm until 6:00pm


Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at Bryn Mawr College – October 22, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 4:00 – 7:30 pm

Canaday Library, Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
RSVP on the Wikipedia project page or to GreenfieldHWE@brynmawr.edu

Bryn Mawr College Special Collections will host a Wikipedia edit-a-thon in honor of American Archives Month and Ada Lovelace Day, celebrating women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Join a group of students, staff, faculty, and members of the public for an opportunity to learn the skills of Wikipedia editing and contribute to accessible information about women in STEM fields. Mary Mark Ockerbloom, Wikipedian in Residence at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, will open the session with an hour-long instructional lecture covering the basics of setting up an account, beginning to edit, and positioning your articles for success on the site. The talk will be followed by an editing session from 5:00 – 7:30 in which participants can work on projects individually or collaboratively. No experience necessary, and attendees may feel free to come and go as needed. Please bring a laptop and charger for editing. RSVP on the Wikipedia project page or to GreenfieldHWE@brynmawr.edu.

Bryn Mawr is on the Paoli-Thorndale SEPTA line. Coming from Center City Philadelphia by car: From Center City Philadelphia Take I-76 west (Schuykill Expressway) to the City Avenue exit 339 (Route 1 South). Once on City Avenue, travel about 2.5 miles and turn right onto Lancaster Avenue (Route 30 West). Travel about 4 miles to reach the center of Bryn Mawr. Turn right onto Morris Avenue; a Sunoco station will be on your right and a Starbucks on your left. Follow Morris Avenue as it curves left under the train-track bridge then bears right. Cross Montgomery Avenue (at the traffic light). Continue on Morris Avenue past the Office of Admissions on the corner of Yarrow Street and enter the parking lot between the two stone pillars on the left. Canaday Library is a ten minute walk from the visitor parking lot; refer to a campus map for directions. Handicap parking spots are available adjacent to the library building: please contact the event organizer for information if necessary.

Personal Digital Archiving Day – October 23, 2014

BrynMawrOctober 23rd, 3-5 pm

Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Ave. Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

This event is to provide outreach and education for Bryn Mawr students on digital preservation.

Personal digital archiving is taking steps (small or big) to ensure your family memories, personal and professional papers are safe from disaster, human error, or everyday digital wear and tear. Think about how helpful and meaningful preserving your student club or activity files will be for future Mawrters.

Topics to be addressed at the workshops include best practices for:

  • Archiving digital photography and working with metadata
  • Preserving e-mail correspondence
  • Preserving digital documents/records
  • Preserving personal Web sites, blogs, and social media