Presenting beautiful and curious specimens from five centuries of book collecting, The Art of Ownership delves into the stories of these bookplates, the rare editions behind them, and the lives of the men and women who owned them. Continue reading
Something’s Brewing: History of the Gay & Lesbian Coffeehouse of Philadelphia – Multi-day exhibit, 2016
For over a decade—at multiple locations and in several guises—the Gay and Lesbian Coffeehouse of Philadelphia served as a welcoming and inspiring anchor for LGBT community life in Philadelphia. Continue reading
“Sweep the Country: Political Conventions in Philadelphia” – Multi-day Exhibit, 2016
“Sweep the Country: Political Conventions in Philadelphia” is presented in partnership with the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, and covers the 12 political conventions held in Philadelphia between 1848 and 2016.
All the Presidents’ Flowers: Plants and Flowers for Presidents and First Ladies – Multi-day Exhibit, 2016
This exhibit of archival photographs and nursery catalogs from the library’s collections, features plants named in honor of U. S. presidents and first ladies, and also reflects aspects of the garden history of the White House, with some Philadelphia connections.
Vesalius On The Verge: The Book and The Body – Multi-day Exhibit, 2016
In 1543 Vesalius published De humani corporis fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body). The exhibit features an edition of the Fabrica book as well as other works by Vesalius and specimens highlighting his accomplishments in the field of anatomy.
Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind – Multi-day Exhibit, 2016
Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind is a multimedia exhibition that looks at historical embossed and raised-letter documents for the visually impaired as a starting point for a multi-sensory exploration of the nature of perception.
Springerle and more: 19th Century Cookie Molds from the Collection of Ryan Berley – October 3, 2016
Take a look at these authentic wood or metal molds, and sample the cookies you can make with them! (SOLD OUT) Continue reading
Monmouth County Archives Week – October 4-8, 2016
Seminars, archives tour, movies, history organization expo, awards, raffle Continue reading
Nerd Nite: Archives Take-Over – October 5, 2016
Archivists take over the popular bar-based monthly lecture series, Nerd Nite Philly. Continue reading
Fresh Air Archives Event – October 6, 2016
Join us for a Wikipedia event and a tour and talk on the Archives.
Hagley Library Open House – October 8, 2016
Selection of materials on display and a behind the scenes tour!
Building Tour and Curator’s Look of “Sweep the Country: Political Conventions in Philadelphia” – October 10, 2016
Join us for a tour of the Union League and a curatorial discussion of “Sweep the Country: Political Conventions in Philadelphia,” on display in The Heritage Center of The Union League of Philadelphia.
Exposed: Philadelphia Physicians in Photographs – October 11, 2016
The Library will be displaying highlights from its rarely shown collection of photographs featuring physicians, patients, and all things medicine in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon – October 13, 2016
The 2016 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
All the Presidents’ Gardens with Marta McDowell – October 13, 2016
Come hear author Marta McDowell talk about the fascinating history of the White House gardens.
Translating Across Time and Space: Endangered Languages, Cultural Revitalization, and the Work of History Symposium – October 13-15, 2016
“Translating Across Time and Space” will explore the ways archival collections and scholarly fieldwork help preserve and revitalize linguistic and cultural practices in indigenous communities throughout North America.
Collection Curios and Oddities – October 14, 2016
Visit our open house and see some of our favorite known unknowns. Continue reading
Philly History Quizzo – October 18, 2016
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. Continue reading
Redemptorist Archives Evening Lecture and Open House – October 19, 2016
Visit the newly constructed Redemptorist Archives during its open house and hear an evening lecture by a local historian on the value of religious archives. Continue reading
Othmer Library Open House: The Golden Age of Science Advertising – October 20, 2016
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!
By the Book: Making–and Breaking!–the Rules – October 25, 2016
Join the catalogers of the Kislak Center to meet the medieval to modern role models and scape graces who inhabit our collections and have influenced history by making, breaking, and enforcing the rules. Continue reading
Archives Hands-On History – October 24-28, 2016
In celebration of Archives Month, Eastern State Penitentiary’s Manager, Archives and Records, Erica Harman, will lead ten special Hands-On History (15-minute) tours of the historic site’s collection storage area. Continue reading
Archives Open House at William Way LGBT Community Center – October 26, 2016
Check out the sexiest archive in the city! Continue reading
Food from the Archives – October 27, 2016
Come learn about Parmesan making in Italy according to Thomas Jefferson, the history of food conservation in WWI, how tofu was made in the 18th century, William Glackens’ recipe for beer, and more!
Animals in the Archives Symposium – October 27-28, 2016
This symposium brings together scholars and archivists to theorize animal traces in historical archives, where they come to be represented textually, visually, and even materially—both dead (as in leather bindings, parchment, glues, and taxidermy specimens) and very much alive (as in bookworms, silverfish, mice, and other archival “pests”). Continue reading
Spirits and Rappings: Pageants of 19th Century Séances – October 31, 2016
Visit the Friends Historical Library this Halloween to learn about the Spiritualism movement that swept mid 19th century America. What did Quakers – some alive at the time, some already deceased and sending messages from the Spirit World – have to say about the trend? Continue reading