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LECTURE: Conor Lucey, “New Light on Owen Biddle, House Carpenter (1774-1806)”

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 1:30 PM

Owen Biddle (1774-1806) was elected to The Carpenters’ Company in 1800 and designed the Arch Street Meeting House in 1803. Described as “an ingenious carpenter and architect” for his work on the Schuylkill Permanent Bridge, Biddle nonetheless has remained an illusive figure for architectural historians. Conor Lucey’s investigation of Biddle will illuminate his work and life. Conor Lucey is a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. His research project, co-funded by the Irish Research Council and Marie Curie Actions, focuses on urban domestic architecture in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world. Light refreshments served.

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

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Lucey Program Non-Member


An armchair discussion with Peter Binzen, Jonathan Binzen and Deborah Dilworth Bishop. Richardson Dilworth: Last of the Bare Knuckled Aristocrats

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 5:30 PM

Peter Binzen was a reporter, editor, and columnist for more than 30 years at The Philadelphia Bulletin, and for more than 20 years at The Philadelphia Inquirer. He is the author of The Cop Who Would Be King. Jonathan Binzen is a writer, editor, and photographer. A senior editor at Fine Woodworking magazine, he is the coauthor of Arts and Crafts Furniture, a history tracing the international scope of the Arts and Crafts movement. Reception and book signing to follow. RSVP Required.

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

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Binzen Program Non-Member


THE ANNUAL ALVIN HOLM LECTURE: Co-sponsored with the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, Philadelphia Chapter. Peter Pennoyer and Anne Walker, New York Transformed: The Architecture of Cross & Cross

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 6:00 PM

Join architect Peter Pennoyer and architectural historian Anne Walker for a look at two of the early 1900s’ most important, but largely forgotten architects. Brothers John and Eliot Cross helped reshape New York City’s skyline from the 1910s into the 1940s with such iconic buildings as the RCA Victor Building as well as other major commercial projects and real estate developments. As the economy boomed in the 1920s, buildings became advertisements of commercial success. Cross & Cross capitalized upon this trend designing the City Bank Farmers Trust at 20 Exchange Place, the Revillon Freres warehouse, Tiffany’s, Lee Higginson, Chickering Hall, and others. Pennoyer and Walker will take you on a tour of these buildings, sharing modern and historical photos and plans, as well as insight into the Cross brothers’ influences and shrewd business dealings, including their real estate business Webb & Knapp that was behind the revolutionary Sutton Place development. Reception and book signing to follow. RSVP Required.

Free for Athenaeum and ICAA Members, All others $10.  Members may RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing events@philaathenaeum.org

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Alvin Holm Lecture Non-Member


SOCIETY HILL-HOT AND HEALTHY!: Andrew B. Newberg, M.D., “How to Keep your Brain Healthy!”

Friday, March 20, 2015, 2:30 PM

Dr. Andrew Newberg is the director of research at the Jefferson Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine and nuclear medicine. His research projects have included the study of dementia, epilepsy, other neurological and psychiatric disorders, meditation, alternative therapies, mystical and religious experiences. Dr. Newberg is the author of several books and has been featured on television as well as in a number of media articles. Light refreshments served. RSVP Required.

Free RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing events@philaathenaeum.org

 


WORKSHOP: Amanda D’Amico, “Fun, Folded Instant Books”– Children’s Book Arts Workshop

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 1:00-3:00 PM

Co-sponsored with the Philadelphia Center for the Book. Books come in all shapes and sizes, and in this workshop we will learn a variety of structures using a single sheet of paper. In this workshop we’ll fold paper, make a few cuts, and create sculptural book structures that are ready for your pictures, drawings, and stories!
Age group: 5 years and up. FREE, but space is limited. Advance registration required, please register early.
The workshop will begin promptly at 1pm, and all materials will be provided.

Free. RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing events@philaathenaeum.org



LECTURE: Sue Eisenfeld, Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 5:30 PM

For fifteen years Sue Eisenfeld hiked in Shenandoah National Park in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains, unaware of the tragic history behind the creation of the park. In this travel narrative, she tells the story of her on-the-ground discovery of the relics and memories a few thousand mountain residents left behind when the government used eminent domain to kick the people off their land to create the park. Kirkus Reviews notes: “Eisenfeld writes about Shenandoah the way Annie Proulx writes about Wyoming or Edward Abbey about the deserts of the Southwest: pristine, unsentimental, eloquent prose.” Sue Eisenfeld is a freelance writer, communications consultant, and faculty member in the Johns Hopkins University MA in Writing Program. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Gettysburg Review, and other publications. Reception and book signing to follow. RSVP Required.

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

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Eisenfeld Program Non-Member


LECTURE: Joan DeJean, How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City
 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 5:30 PM

From Booklist: “Within a century after the medieval period, Paris had moved beyond the old model of a scattering of village dwellings behind fortified walls to become a well-planned urban space of public parks, boulevards, street grids, street lighting, public transportation, and modern bridges. As early as the 1600s, Henry IV and his successors Louis XIII and Louis XIV set in motion the design for a city that would incorporate the arts, entertainment, commerce, and government in the capital city, facilitating the whole life of Paris citizens. With public spaces that encouraged social interchange, with both the high-born and the low-born circulating together, Paris became one of Europe’s first great walking cities. DeJean details the planning behind the Pont Neuf, the Louvre, and other iconic sights as she offers a historical perspective on the forces that created Paris and led the way to a new conception of urban living.” Athenaeum member Joan DeJean is Trustee Professor of French at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has taught for the past 15 years. She has also held positions at both Princeton and Yale University, where she earned her Ph.D. She is the author of ten books on French literature, history, and material culture. Reception and book signing to follow.

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

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DeJean Program Non-Member


LECTURE: Mary Bergstein, In Looking Back One Learns to See: Marcel Proust and Photography
 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 5:30 PM

In Looking Back One Learns to See: Marcel Proust and Photography is an intellectual adventure that brings to light Proust’s visual imagination, his visual metaphors, and his photographic resources and imaginings. The book features over 90 illustrations which highlight various kinds of photography: daguerreotypes, stereoscopic cards, cartes-de-visite, postcards, book illustrations, and other photographic media. Portraiture, medical photography, spirit photography, architectural photography, Orientalism, ethnographic photography, and fin-de-siècle studies of Botticelli, Leonardo, and Vermeer, are considered in terms of Proust’s life and work. Mary Bergstein received her BFA. at Alfred University, her M.A. at Hunter College, and her Ph.D. at Columbia. Although trained as a historian of Italian Renaissance art and architecture, she has written widely on the cultural history of photography. She teaches at RISD in the History of Art + Visual Culture Department. Reception and book signing to follow. RSVP Required.

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

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Bergstein Program Non-Member


LECTURE: Jefferson M. Moak, “A Harmony of Talents: The Philadelphia Map Publishing Industry in the 19th Century”

Saturday, May 2, 2015, 1:30 PM

Jefferson M. Moak is an Archivist with the National Archives in Philadelphia. His extensive and in-depth research on Philadelphia maps, genealogy, history and street names has added immensely to what we know about Philadelphia history. His talk will give the audience a preview of a manuscript in preparation which will focus on map publishing in Philadelphia. Light refreshments served. RSVP Required.

Free for Athenaeum and Philadelphia Map Society Members, All others $10.  Members may RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing events@philaathenaeum.org

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Moak Program Non-Member


SOCIETY HILL-HOT AND HEALTHY!: Peter C. Vitanzo, Jr., M.D., “Hip and Knee Arthritis: The Next Steps.”

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 2:30 PM

Dr. Peter Vitanzo is a board certified, non-surgical sports medicine specialist at the Rothman Institute. He serves as Head Team Medical Physician for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Philadelphia 76ers. He is the author of several articles and book chapters. He has lectured locally and nationally on orthopedic conditions, particularly sports-related. Dr. Vitanzo is actively involved in research. He is recognized as a “Top Sports Physician” both locally and nationally. Light refreshments served. RSVP Required.

Free RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing events@philaathenaeum.org

 


Saturnalia Books Poetry Reading

Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 6:00 PM

This annual event allows poetry-lovers an opportunity to meet and hear the latest poets in the Saturnalia network. This year presents readings by Jay Nebel, author of Neighbors, which was chosen by Gerald Stern for the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize 2014; Timothy Liu, author of 10 books of poetry, including most recently, Don’t Go Back to Sleep (Saturnalia Books, 2014); Laurie Saurborn Young, author of Industry of Brief Distraction (Saturnalia Books, 2015); and Kristi Maxwell, author of four collections of poetry including from Saturnalia Books, 2014, That Our Eyes Be Rigged. Reception included. Free.

Free RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing events@philaathenaeum.org

 

 


Workshop: Crafty Crazy Nag Hammadi! with Erin Sweeney.

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 1:00-5:00 PM

Using a simple long-stitch binding typically hidden underneath the case of a book, and a simple one-section binding, we will create wild sculptural books by sewing up pages made of crumpled prints that have been smoothed out. Students will learn two simple binding techniques, and learn how to create texture and form by manipulating your text papers. Additionally, we’ll combine materials by using over-sewn canvas and laminated paste papers for our covers, furthering the experimentation with material, all the while discussing ways to incorporate text and image into these structures. Co-sponsored with the Philadelphia Center for the Book.

All materials will be supplied. The workshop will begin promptly at 10am. We recommend that you bring your lunch. Class size is limited. Advance registration required, please register early.

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Sweeney Workshop Athenaeum and Center Members
Sweeney Workshop-Non-Member


TOUR: “Lovers of Learning: The 200th Anniversary of the Athenaeum” A Tour of Laurel Hill Cemetery with an emphasis on Athenæum members, led by Athenæum member and Laurel Hill volunteer Kerry Bryan.

Sunday, June 7, 2015, 1:00 PM-Approx. 3:30PM

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. Cost: $12

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


 



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