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Banner Image: Lawrence Henry Gipson receives the 1953 Literary Award for The Great War for the Empire 1760-1763, vol. 8, The Culmination, 1760-1763.

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Banner Image: Lawrence Henry Gipson (R) receives the 1953 Literary Award for The Great War for the Empire 1760-1763, vol. 8, The Culmination, 1760-1763.

Upcoming Events

Lecture: Jefferson M. Moak, “A Harmony of Talents: The Philadelphia Map Publishing Industry in the 19th Century.”
Saturday, May 2, 1:30 PM.  Athenaeum and Philadelphia Map Society Members Free.  RSVP to or 215-925-2688.  All Others $10. Online payment

Lecture: Lonnie Hovey, Lafayette Square.
Saturday, May 2, 7:00 PM. RSVP to or 215-925-2688. Free. Program Description

Society Hill- Hot and Healthy!: Peter C. Vitanzo, Jr., M.D., “Hip and Knee Arthritis: The Next Steps.”
Wednesday, May 6, 2:30 PM. RSVP to or 215-925-2688. Free. Program Description

Literary Award: Jessica Choppin Roney, Governed By A Spirit Of Opposition: The Origins of American Political Practice in Colonial Philadelphia.
Wednesday, May 6, 5:30 PM. RSVP to or 215-925-2688. Free. Program Description

Socrates Cafe Discussion Group
Tuesday, May 12, 11:00 AM. More Information. RSVP to

Athenaeum Genealogy Group
Wednesday, May 13, 2:00-4:00 PM.  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 Librarian Jill 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.

Saturnalia Books Poetry Reading
Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 6:00 PM.  Free. RSVP to or 215-925-2688.  Program Description

Workshop: Crafty Crazy Nag Hammadi! with Erin Sweeney
Saturday, May 16, 2015, 10:00AM-5:00 PM.  Athenaeum and Philadelphia Center for the Book Members: $75.00, Non-members: $95.00.  Program Description and Payment.

Writers' Mixer led by Concha Alborg
Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 6:00 PM.  Free. RSVP to or 215-925-2688.  Program Description

John Quincy Adams:Nation Builder

If you attended the Annual Meeting on April 13th, then you enjoyed a dynamic and informative presentation on John Quincy Adams by Dr. Charles Edel. You may now purchase a signed copy of Edel's book on Adams through Island Books in Rhode Island. Charles has kindly offered to go to the bookstore and sign books and even inscribe to the person of your choice if you include that information in your order. If you want an inscription, you must order before the middle of June because Charles will be undertaking a fellowship in Washington, DC, at the end of June. To order, please do one of the following: - email Judy at, or call the bookstore directly at 401-849-2665, or order on the website.

Society Hill Open House and Garden Tour

The 37th Annual Society Hill Open House & Garden Tour will take place on Sunday, May 17th, from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are now on sale for this delightful self-guided walking tour of more than ten private homes and gardens in one of our nation’s most historic neighborhoods. 

Each year, the Society Hill Tour offers an all-new selection of exceptional homes and gardens that range in style and décor from the 18th and 19th-century period to the most contemporary styles. Many people attend these tours for inspirational design ideas they can use in their own homes. Come and get wonderful ideas for your home! Sponsored by the Society Hill Civic Association, (SHCA) the tour’s proceeds will be used for neighborhood improvement and beautification projects. 

For more info about SHCA visit

Registration Form
Sunday, May 17, 2015, 1- 5 PM 

$30 per ticket purchased in advance, $35 at the door

Yellowbacks Collection Now Online

An online version of our March exhibition Yellowbacks: Don't Judge These Victorian Books by their Covers is now available.  While the exhibition displayed only a small selection of the Athenaeum's yellowbacks, the online exhibit presents the entire collection with digital images of the front and back covers.

Click here to visit the online exhibit

Charles E. Peterson Fellowship of the Buildings of the United States and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

At its latest Annual Meeting the Society of Architectural Historians awarded graduate student Tonia Sing Chi the annual competitive Charles E. Peterson Fellowship of the Buildings of the United States. Ms. Chi will be researching and writing two pre-1860 buildings entries for New York State for SAH Archipedia, working with Prof. David Salomon of Ithaca College, who is the coordinator for the NY state entries for SAH. Tonia Sing Chi is a graduate student studying Architecture & Design at Columbia University in New York City. Dr. Tatman serves on the committee which chooses the recipient of the award each year. Charles E. Peterson was very active in the Society of Architectural Historians and was instrumental in establishing the Philadelphia Chapter, which first met at the Athenaeum in 1964, with a program honoring the recently deceased Harold Donaldson. James Dallett spoke at that program as did Charles E. Peterson who lectured on "The Monumental Patrimony: Some Observations on the Second International Congress for Architects and Technicians of Historic Monuments."


Proust in Philadelphia

Among the group attending Mary Goldstein's presentation on Proust and Photography in April were members of a Philadelphia Proust reading group. This group is currently located in the Hopkinson House and is reading In Search of Lost Time with a view to discussing recurring themes. They welcome newcomers, first-time readers and repeat readers interested in sharing their ideas with others. Contact Laura Jereski at





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