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
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
“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.
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.
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!
The Heritage Center of The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145
No RSVP needed.
“1865: Triumph and Tragedy”: On April 9, 1865 Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, ending the bloodiest conflict in American history. Six days later, John Wilkes Booth ended the life of President Abraham Lincoln. The year ended with the passage of the 13th amendment to the United States Constitution, ending slavery in America. On May 5, the Union League began a new chapter in its history with the opening of its new clubhouse on South Broad Street. These and other events of the year will be explored in the exhibit on Philadelphia and the Civil War.
“Love of Country Leads”: Titled after the motto of the Union League, this exhibit gives the visitor an overview of the League’s 150-year history and was designed to showcase some of the League’s historical collections. Foremost among these is a rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed with Abraham Lincoln’s full signature. It is one of an edition of about 48 that League members arranged to have printed and sold at the Great Central Fair in Philadelphia in June of 1864. (Only about 26 of these still exist.) The fair raised more than $1 million for sick and wounded Union soldiers. Love of Country Leads will remain on display indefinitely.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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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Heritage Center at the Union League (entrance at sidewalk level)
140 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19102
RSVP by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.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
Tuesday October 15, 5:00-7:00pm
The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia
This may be an RSVP event — check back soon
The event will begin with a tour of the exhibit, Philadelphia 1863: Turning the Tide. It includes some wonderful objects, including the podium at which Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address. After that, we can tour our new state-of-the-art collections storage space. To top off the visit, we’ll do a show-and-tell with three remarkable items from the collection: one of the 26 known copies of the Leland-Boker Emancipation Proclamation; the Tanner Manuscript, the only hand-written eyewitness testimony taken in connection with Lincoln’s assassination; and one of the six pieces cut from the undershirt Lincoln was wearing when he was shot and died. It is also the only one still known to exist.
More info on the Heritage Center of the Union League of Philadelphia here