forget to sign up for upcoming Literary May programs. Create a pop-up card
on May 7th with Colette Fu at her pop-up
workshops for children and adults. Then on May 11th, join
members of the Mystery Writers of America for the Cliffhangers Mystery Writers
here for the full schedule of Literary May events.
Image: South Washington Square, c. 1900.
New Books for May
Receives Philadelphia Cultural Fund Grant
The Athenaeum is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a grant for $8674.00 from the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. With the Fund’s reduction in budget this year, the Athenaeum’s prospects for a grant were in jeopardy, but again the Cultural Fund has recognized the programs that the Athenaeum mounts through its lecture series and gallery offerings. This support, which goes into the general operating budget, is sorely needed this year when so many other grant sources have also felt the pinch of the economy.
As we near the end of our fiscal year on June 30, 2011, we are still encountering unexpected costs for the building. These have stretched our budget beyond what was expected. Your generous assistance at this point would be most appreciated. If you would prefer to make a donation by check or through a transfer of stock , please contact Eileen Magee
Please consider making your own donation to the Athenaeum
by clicking here.
Celeste A. Morello, MS, MA,
the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization
Corporation and the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission are pleased to invite Athenaeum members and friends to the dedication of an Official State Marker honoring the Moyamensing
Prison. The marker commemorates the site of Walter’s first major public commission. The Gothic and Egyptian Revival-style Moyamensing Prison stood at
1400 E. Passyunk Ave. between 1832 and 1968. The Athenaeum owns more than a dozen original Walter drawings for the Prison as well as the Egyptian-style cast-iron
“winged orb” that was installed above the entrance to the Debtors Prison.
Wednesday May 4, 2011
1400 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Above: Moyamensing Prison,
Perspective Rendering, T. U. Walter, Architect, 1831.
of Book Workers Exhibition
Delaware Valley Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers Members’ Exhibition:
“Philadelphia Artists’ Books Travel to Venice”
Alice Austin will curate, transport, and install the exhibit.
Athenaeum of Philadelphia
June 3 - 30, 2011
Opening: June 3, 5-7 pm
Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy
October 5 - 28, 2011
by Todd Pattison.
Society Hill 33rd Annual Open House & Garden Tour
Tickets are now on sale for this most enjoyable, self-guided tour of over 10 private homes and gardens in one of our nation’s most historic neighborhoods. Imagine walking on the same brick sidewalks frequented by Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.
Each year, the Society Hill Tour offers a new selection of exceptional homes and gardens that range in style and décor from the 18th and 19th century periods to the most contemporary. This year, something new has been added: six area restaurants have partnered with the tour and will offer discounts for lunch or dinner for ticket holders only.
Sponsored by the Society Hill Civic Association, in Center City Philadelphia, the tour’s proceeds are used for neighborhood improvement and beautification projects.
Advance ticket purchases are encouraged. To purchase a ticket, to receive a brochure, or to get more information, please contact Society Hill Civic Association at 215-629-1288, or email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets can also be
purchased on the day of the tour—at Old Pine Street Church, 412 Pine Street, Philadelphia.
Date: Sunday, May 22, 2011
Time: 1 to 5 PM.
Cost: $25 per ticket in advance, $30 at the door
Complimentary light refreshments
Rest rooms available
Comfortable shoes encouraged
Moore, The Sherlockian. (New York and Boston:
are indeed scholars who tread the mythic paths of Sherlock
Holmes, but are generally unarmed and likely never shoot each
other. However, in Graham Moore's cleverly written and
generally amusing novel, The Sherlockian, there seems to
be open season on would-be victims and amateur detectives.
And should you find them a bloody bloody lot (this is England,
you know) then you'd best watch out for the murderous
feminists as well. Yet the story is so nicely constructed
that it all seems plausible and capable of a Neo- Holmesian
solution. The young man and woman who survive the mayhem
better than he) are extremely likable (again, she better than
he). How about a TV series?
by Dr. Harold Rashkis.
you have a book that you loved (or hated), and would you be
willing to share that opinion on the Athenaeum e-newsletter?
If so, please send your short essay to email@example.com.
May 4:Shakespeare Workshop: A
Midsummer Night's Dream, 3:00-5:00pm
May 4: Literary Award Program,
May 6: First Friday, Bastille to
Broad St. gallery talk, 5:30pm
7: First Saturday, Athenaeum open, 10:00am-2:00pm
7: Book Arts Workshops with Colette Fu, 10:00am-4:00pm
10: Socrates Cafe, 11:00am
11: Cliffhangers Mystery Writers Forum, 6:00pm
19: Poetry Reading with Elyse Fenton, 7:00pm
26: Saturnalia Books Poetry Reading, 6:00pm
Calendar for details and additional