PHS McLean Library is pleased to present two virtual exhibitions: “The Acacia Chronicle: Joseph Widener, Thomas Roland, and the United States Botanic Garden” and “Two Women, One Garden: Selections from the Castaña Portfolio.” Continue reading
To celebrate Archives Month Philly, join PHS McLean Library staff as we examine an intriguing photo album from our archives. Continue reading
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.
Come hear author Marta McDowell talk about the fascinating history of the White House gardens.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6-8 PM
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.