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TOUR: “Lovers of Learning: The Athenaeum and Laurel Hill Cemetery" A Tour of Laurel Hill Cemetery with an emphasis on Athenaeum members, led by Athenaeum member and Laurel Hill volunteer Kerry Bryan.

Sunday, September 13, 2015, 2:00-4:00 PM

The Athenaeum has many connections to Laurel Hill Cemetery, including architect John Notman, who designed the Cemetery’s layout, gatehouse, superintendent’s house, and chapel. Furthermore, many early Athenaeum members were interred there. Laurel Hill Cemetery, like the Athenaeum itself, is closely tied to Philadelphia history and, like the Athenaeum’s own building, was an innovative effort, featuring a picturesque setting in contrast to the crowded and sometimes disorganized older burial grounds in the city. Today the 78-acre tract is a National Historic Landmark. Light refreshments served. $12.00 registration fee.

Drive yourself and park in the lot across Ridge Avenue from the cemetery. Laurel Hill Cemetery’s main entrance is located at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Need a ride? Contact the Athenaeum to arrange for carpooling and rides.

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Laurel Hill Tour

LECTURE: Vincent D. Feldman, City Abandoned: Charting the Loss of Civic Institutions in Philadelphia

Saturday, September 19, 2015, 1:30 PM

With the photographs in this book, Vincent Feldman offers Philadelphians a testament of who we were, who we are, and who we are likely to become. Some of his subjects have succumbed to neglect or demolition (the Ridge Avenue Farmers' Market, for example); some have been successfully rehabilitated to new uses (the Victory Building); while others remain in limbo in their ruined states—their futures far from secure.  Yet besides recording the current state of the buildings, Feldman's photographs can play an active role in their preservation and renovation. His photos can serve, not only as documentary records, but also as catalysts for the rescue and rehabilitation of some of Philadelphia's most significant and neglected "abandoned" city architecture.

Vincent D. Feldman, a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, has been photographing architecture and the urban landscape for three decades.  In the early 1990s his photography came to concentrate on the conflicts and questions that often surround historic buildings in Philadelphia. Feldman's photography helps uncover the stories attached to buildings, thus revealing the nature of the societies in which these structures were built—and then neglected.  Feldman received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2001. His work is held in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and in museums and private collections internationally. He is a Master Lecturer in photography at the University of the Arts.

Book signing and light refreshments to follow.  Free for Athenaeum Members, All others $10.  Members may RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing

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Feldman Program Non-Member


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