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Banner Image: Athenaeum c.1957 after demolition of neighboring houses.

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Banner Image: Athenaeum c.1957 after demolition of neighboring houses.

Please Note

The Athenaeum will not be open for third Saturday this month.  The next Saturday opening will be the first Saturday of September.

Athenaeum Genealogy Group

Athenaeum Genealogy Group
Wednesday, June 24, 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.

Exhibition Opening Reception: Sharing The Page: Mary McCarthy and Shirley Veenema

The Athenaeum presents a collaborative exhibition featuring the work of Boston-based artists Mary McCarthy and Shirley Veenema, longtime colleagues. Their collaboration began in 2009 while at a retreat for artists in New Mexico during which they visited sites and shared ideas. Returning to Boston, they decided to combine research and interests. Their first project drew on individual interests while in New Mexico: one was intrigued by the design of doors, the other drawn to stories of the saints. The resulting book, Doors to the Saints-2010, tells the stories of 12 female saints, one for each month of the year. They continued to focus on women in several subsequent pieces, while at the same time challenging new areas of content and technique. Dos-à-dos style book constructions, the integration of digital print processes with handwork, miniature books, and a series inspired by Emily Dickinson followed.

Exhibition Dates: June 22 - July 31, 2015

Reception and Meet the Artists: June 24, 5 to 7pm.  Free.  RSVP to 215-925-2688 or  

Lecture- Nancy Moses, Stolen, Smuggled, Sold: On the Hunt for Cultural Treasures

This revealing study of treasures lost and found begins with the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer (by Gustav Klimt), which was stolen by the Nazis, but it doesn’t stop there. Nancy Moses prowls through museum records, newspapers, and interviews to uncover the stories of such treasures as the typeset manuscript for Pearl Buck’s The Good Earth, a ceremonial Ghost Dance short from the massacre at Wounded Knee, the theft of 4,800 historical audio discs by a top official at the National Archives, a missing original copy of The Bill of Rights, the mummy of Ramses I, and an ancient treasure from Iraq – all objects that went astray but were eventually returned to the rightful owner.

Athenaeum shareholder Nancy Moses has previously published Lost in the Museum: Hidden Treasures and the Stories They Tell, which won the 2008 Gold Medal from ForeWord Magazine. Formerly Executive Director for the Atwater Kent Museum, Nancy Moses is now a consultant for museum, cultural institutions, and community organizations. Reception and book signing to follow.

Thursday, June 25, 2015, 5:30 PM.  Free for Athenaeum Members. RSVP to or 215-925-2688. All Others, $10. Program Description and online payment.

Member News

Athenaeum member Bernard Resnick will be playing in an upcoming concert with the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra. Black Pearl is a professional orchestra that is being augmented by amateur musician members of the community.

Fire and Ice
Dell Music Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Saturday, 27 June 2015 - 7:00 PM

In this exciting summer season opener at the Dell Music Center, Black Pearl will delight you with the coolest music from composers from the frozen north.

Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite no 1, Op. 46
Ensemble: Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Jeri Lynne Johnson

Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36
Ensemble: Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Jeri Lynne Johnson

For more information click here

Above: Bernard Resnick (L )and Joseph Conyers (R), 2011.


Monday-Friday:  9:00am-5:00pm

First three Saturdays of the month: 11:00am-3:00pm (excluding the summer months).

This June, the Athenaeum will be open the first two Saturdays.  Saturday openings will then resume in September.



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