Holiday and Snow Closing reminders
Please remember that the Athenaeum will be closed for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and December 26th. We will also close for New Year’s Day, but will re-open for January 2nd and 3rd (First Saturday, 10am to 2pm). Although we haven’t had any major snowfalls yet, please also remember that if the Philadelphia public schools close, so does the Athenaeum.
Reference Room to close from December 22 – January 20
The Athenaeum's Reference Department will close at the end of business on Friday, December 19th and will reopen on Tuesday, January 20, 2009. During this time, there will be no appointments available for research, but the reference staff will respond to inquiries made by mail and email. The Regional Digital Imaging Center will remain open during this time.
We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.
Banner Image: Athenaeum in December 1955.
Lois R. Reibach has joined the Athenaeum as Part-Time Cataloger. Prior to coming to the Athenaeum staff, she worked as Technical Services and Catalog Librarian at the Lutheran Theological Seminary. For all of you interested in the business of libraries and of cataloging, Lois is also the author of a blog on cataloging, “Collocate and Disambiguate” at
by Jim Carroll.
Decorative Arts Detectives
University of the Arts graduate student Christine
McMonagle and Athenaeum volunteer Mary Ellen Weber have been entering Athenaeum decorative arts records into Past Perfect, a program that will allow the Athenaeum to
better manage its decorative and fine arts collections and share them with the
world. Both Christine and Mary Ellen have been acting as decorative arts detectives, tracking down objects, matching them to their accession numbers, and making new digital images of each. They have based their work on the detailed records compiled by former Executive Director Roger W.
Moss, whose research has greatly aided this project. Christine
McMonagle comes to us this semester as a graduate assistant in the Museum
Communications program at the University of the Arts.
Chiron & Apollo, bronze, late 19th century. Photo by Jim
"Kelty" Open House, Tour and
Designed in 1897 by William L. Price as his own residence,
Kelty is a wonderful example of Tudor Revival style and combines many of the features of the Arts & Crafts style that would soon become the focus of Price’s life and work. One of the most unusual features of the house is the 1500 square foot third floor that encompasses Price’s studio, a ballroom and a stage where his “Seekers After Knowledge” performed. Since 1973, Kelty has been the home of Athenaeum Literary Award Winner, the late Chaim Potok and his wife, Adena.
Architectural Historian George E. Thomas, author of Arts and Crafts to Modern Design William L. Price, will speak on the importance of the house in Price’s nationally influential career.
December 13, 2008
Lecture at 2:00
Guided Tours at 1:30 and 2:45
Light Refreshments will be served
Location: 20 Berwick Road, Merion Station, PA
Cost: $25 per person
benefit The Athenaeum of Philadelphia.
here for additional information and registration information.
Sponsored by Athenaeum member J. Scott Laughlin of Prudential Fox & Roach
"Kelty" Courtesy Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors, 2008.
6: First Saturday (Athenaeum Open 10:00-2:00).
9: Socrates Cafe, 11:00AM
13: "Kelty" House Tour
Event Calendar for
details and additional events.