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

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
Free
Please REGISTER HERE

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

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
Free
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.