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LECTURE: Paul Hardin Kapp with Todd Sanders, The Architecture of William Nichols: Building the Antebellum South in North Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 5:30 PM

Join Charles Peterson Fellow Paul Hardin Kapp for a presentation on the work of William Nichols (ca. 1777-1853), who designed three major university campuses--the University of North Carolina, the University of Alabama, and the University of Mississippi. He also designed the first state capitols of North Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi. Nichols’s architecture influenced the built landscape of the South but due to fire, neglect, and demolition, much of his work was lost and history has nearly forgotten his tremendous legacy. In rediscovering this overlooked architect Kapp and Sanders investigated his legacy through the archives in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and others, producing a fully illustrated testament to the importance of the architect.

Paul Hardin Kapp is director of the Historic Preservation Program and associate professor of architecture at the School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is co-editor of SynergiCity: Reinventing the Postindustrial City. From 2002 until 2008, he was the historical architect and campus historic preservation manager for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Reception and book signing to follow.

Free for Athenaeum Members, All others $10.  Members may RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing

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Kapp Program Non-Member

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

Thursday, June 25, 2015, 5:30 PM

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.

Free for Athenaeum Members, All others $10.  Members may RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing

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Moses Program Non-Member


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