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Banner Image: Tall Case Clock, Seneca Lukens, 1828.

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Banner Image: Tall Case Clock, Seneca Lukens, 1828.


Exhibition Opening: The Atlas Imagined: A Collaborative Project

39 Members of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers made an edition of maps of a place, real or imagined. Meeting in September 2014, participating members exchanged maps to make into an individual book or house in a unique box. This exhibition will reveal the range of artistic creation brought to this collaborative effort. The Delaware Valley Chapter one of 10 regional chapters of the Guild of Book Workers is located in the the tri-state area with activities centered in Philadelphia. The GBW promotes interest in and awareness of the tradition of the book and paper arts. Its diverse membership includes book artists, book conservators, fine binders, calligraphers, librarians, paper marblers, teachers, photographers, printmakers, and graphic designers.

Exhibition Dates: April 10 - June 6, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, April 10, 2015, 5:00-7:00pm  Free.  RSVP to or 215-925-2688.

Upcoming Events

Lecture: Joan DeJean, How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City.
Wednesday, April 1, 5:30PM.  Athenaeum Members Free.  RSVP to or 215-925-2688.  All Others $10. Online payment

Athenaeum Annual Stockholders Meeting (Invitation Only)
Monday, April 13, 5:30PM.

Socrates Cafe Discussion Group
Tuesday, April 14, 11:00AM. More Information. RSVP to

Athenaeum Genealogy Group
Wednesday, April 15, 2:00-4:00PM.  Athenaeum members who are at any stage of their family history research from beginner to advanced are welcome to participate in this group, facilitated by Circulation Librarian Jill LeMin Lee. Bring your own laptop or tablet computer to log in to the Athenaeum's subscription to Ancestry Library Edition and trade tips with your fellow genealogy enthusiasts.  Free.  RSVP to or 215-925-2688.

Lecture: Mary Bergstein, In Looking Back One Learns to See: Marcel Proust and Photography.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 5:30 PM.  Athenaeum Members Free. RSVP to or 215-925-2688. All Others $10. Online payment.

Philadelphia: The Great Experiment--The Storm, 1765-1790

Mark your calendars for the next episode of Philadelphia: The Great Experiment, the Emmy Award-winning television documentary series produced by civic entrepreneur Sam Katz. In this latest installment, airing at 7:30 PM on Thursday, April 2nd on 6abc, we find the city at war with itself. The struggle for American independence has divided Philadelphians, who must fight to protect themselves, and the city, from the destruction of the Revolutionary War. Discover the real stories of characters like Betsy Ross, Thomas Paine, and the other Philadelphians who helped create the nation.

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Overbrook Farms Club Open House Tour & Tea

This year's tour takes place on Sunday, May 3, from 1:00pm to 5:00 pm and offers visitors a peek inside of magnificent buildings in this celebrated community. From extraordinary private homes to notable historic churches, the self guided walking tour acquaints visitors with the outstanding architecture of this planned turn-of-the-century railroad suburb. Tickets are $30 if purchased in advance at and $35 if purchased the day of the tour. Included in the ticket is a formal afternoon tea service held at Ivy Hall, an elegant Georgian Revival style mansion with paired chimneys, Palladian windows, and a grand ballroom.

There are also opportunities for volunteers to serve as docent guides and in return to participate in the tour for free. Individuals who are interested should email:

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