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Banner Image: 233-245 S. 6th St., Dec. 1959.

The Athenaeum will be closed on February 16 for President's Day.

Reminder: The Athenaeum's inclement weather policy is to close when the Philadelphia Public Schools close.  


Upcoming Events

Lecture: "Looking Backward, Looking Forward: a Comparison of the Athenaeumís 19th & 21st Century Architectural Competitions"

Wednesday, February 4, 6:00PM.  Curator of Architecture Bruce Laverty will compare the 19th century competition to design the Athenaeum's current building with the conceptual Looking Forward: Re-Imagining The Athenaeum of Philadelphia competition, the results of which make up our current exhibition. Co-Sponsored by ICAA and SAH. For more information about Looking Forward, click here. ICAA, SAH and Athenaeum Members Free. RSVP to or 215-925-2688. All Others $10. Online payment.

Socrates Cafe Discussion Group

Tuesday, February 10, 11:00AM. More Information. RSVP to

Lecture and Book Signing: Cordelia Biddle, Saint Katharine: The Life of Katharine Drexel.

Wednesday, February 25, 5:30PM.  Athenaeum Members Free. RSVP to or 215-925-2688. All Others $10. Online payment.

Member News

Athenaeum member Cynthia Connolly will participate in this One Book One Philadelphia symposium.

The U.S. Response to Throwaway Children: From Orphan Trains to the Current Migrant Crisis

Monday, February 9, 2015 at 8:30A
University of Pennsylvania Law School, 3501 Sansom St.

The †Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice & Research is hosting a community symposium which explores how Orphan Train provides a historical context for todayís social, moral, and legal crisis created by large numbers of unaccompanied migrant children arriving at U.S. borders. The symposium will feature three of the nationís leading experts on this topic: Chris James-Brown, CEO of Child Welfare League of America; Cindy Connolly, Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and Field Center Faculty Director; and Howard Davidson, Director of the American Bar Associationís Center on Children and the Law. This symposium is free and open to the public; however pre-registration is required. For more information, visit†

On January 16th, Athenaeum member Susan Wetherill carried the banner for the Benjamin Franklin Birthday Celebration.

Susan Wetherill is on the right.


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