NEWS: March 2011

Vol. 4, No. 3

In This Issue:

Banner Image: Detail from King Alexander and the Stag.  Charles Robert Leslie after Benjamin West, 1814. Located on the Grand Stair of the Athenaeum.



With this issue of our e-newsletter you can follow the link below to the Athenaeum Annual Report for fiscal year 2009/2010, with essays from Board President Lea Carson Sherk, Athenaeum Executive Director Sandra L. Tatman, and Curator of Architecture Bruce Laverty. Those of you who requested paper copies of the report should have received one by now, and we also offer the Annual Report via the Athenaeum website, where you will find a printable and downloadable version. 





View the Annual Report



News from our gallery artist Colette Fu: Congratulations to Colette! On February 5th the International Animated Film Society held the 38th Annual Annie Awards for excellence in animation. It was announced that "Brooke's Broken Heart" [seen on the link below] won for best animated TV commercial demonstrating an exciting combination of Colette's pop-up work with animation from Duck Studios. See some of her other work here. 


The Athenaeum will be open for First Friday from 5:00-7:00pm on March 4th for those who have not had a chance to see Colette's "Haunted Philadelphia" exhibition.


Banner Image: Detail from King Alexander and the Stag.  Charles Robert Leslie after Benjamin West, 1814. Located on the Grand Stair of the Athenaeum.


New Books for March

Athenaeum Bookshelf  03-2011

Brad Parks Lecture and Book Signing

Brad Parks, Eyes of the Innocent.


Former Star Ledger reporter and New Jersey native Brad Parks won the Shamus Award for Best First Crime Novel for his Faces of the Gone. Now he returns with a new installment in the adventures of Carter Ross, a Newark-based newspaper reporter. A fast-moving fire guts a house in Newark, killing two young boys whose mother is nowhere to be found. Newark Eagle-Examiner investigative reporter Carter Ross is dispensed to write a follow up story about his editor’s favorite pet peeve: malfunctioning space heaters, but then the plot thickens. Soon, Carter is on the trail of a murderer who’s a lot more dangerous than an overactive space heater. 


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

5:30 PM

Free to members. RSVP to Susan Gallo at 215-925-2688 or

All others $10, Pay online.

Annual Alvin Holm Lecture: Calder Loth, "Palladio and America"

Calder Loth, "Palladio and America"

Although Palladio is a name unfamiliar to most Americans, he has had an immeasurable impact on our country’s architecture. Thomas Jefferson declared Palladio’s treatise I Quattro Libri to be the “Bible” for architecture. In his own works, such as Monticello, Jefferson provided the nation with precedent-setting models based on Palladian principles. Even five hundred years following his birth, Palladio continues to offer us lessons for a civil and timeless architecture. Calder Loth is Senior Architectural Historian of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and a curator of the exhibition Palladio and His Legacy, a Transatlantic Journey. Co-sponsored with The Institute of Classical Architecture &  Classical America.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

5:30 PM

Free to Athenaeum and ICA&CA members. RSVP to Susan Gallo at 215-925-2688 or

All others $10, Pay online.

Athenaeum Collections Featured Prominently In New Book on Architectural Drawings

The Athenaeum is pleased to note the publication of Line, Shade & Shadow,
The Fabrication and Preservation of Architectural Drawings
, Oak Knoll Press, by Lois Olcott Price, Director of Conservation at the Winterthur Museum.
More than two decades in the making this seminal publication has been
substantially supported by the Athenaeum's Charles E. Peterson Fellowship and features dozens of illustrations from our drawing and trade catalog collections. In addition, many of the illustrations from other collections were scanned on the Cruse ST-220 Scanner in the Athenaeum's Regional Digital Imaging Center. In his foreword to the book, emeritus Athenaeum trustee, James F. O'Gorman said, "Here is a publication so fundamental it should be called the bible of its subject. That said, one wonders how anyone could have written architectural history, at least the history of high-style architecture in the United States, without this book."

Bicentennial Committee of Paraguay

On Saturday, February 5th, Ambassador Rigoberto Gauto Vielman and the Bicentennial Committee of Paraguay in the United States held a press conference in the Athenaeum to announce that in May 2011 Paraguay will honor 200 years of Independence with the Paraguayan community in the United States launching a series of events in celebration. In Philadelphia an evening of song (Festival de la Cancion) will be held on May 14th at the Kimmel Center. For a complete list of events and a link for donations please follow this link to the Bicentennial website. The Athenaeum was honored to host this important event. 


Above: Rigoberto Gauto Vielman, Paraguayan Ambassador to the United States.


Save the Date:  

March 5: First Saturday, Athenaeum open, 10:00am-2:00pm

March 8: Socrates Cafe, 11:00am

March 9: Brad Parks, Eyes of the Innocent, 5:30pm

March 30: Calder Loth, "Palladio and America," 5:30pm


See the Event Calendar for details and additional events.


The Athenaeum is open 9:00AM to 5:00PM, Monday-Friday and the first Saturday of the month from 10:00AM to 2:00PM (excluding the summer months). The building is accessible to persons with disabilities.  Group tours and research visits are by appointment only. Please visit our website for more information, or call 215-925-2688.


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