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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

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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

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Moak Program Non-Member

LECTURE: Lonnie Hovey, Lafayette Square

Saturday, May 2, 2015, 7:00 PM

Lafayette Square in Washington, DC, was settled in 1685 as farmland, but by the 1820s the Square had become one of the first public parks designed in DC. Across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, the park’s neighborhood became home to presidents, vice presidents, cabinet members, diplomats, inventors, journalists, heroes, authors, scientists, law breakers, and scoundrels. The publication draws upon photographs from the Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs Division and others to impart the story of this important square.

Lonnie J. Hovey, AIA, is a restoration architect and former director of preservation for the Executive Office of the President. In that position, Hovey and the General Services Administration oversaw the 2002 exterior restoration of the Jackson Place town houses, which border Lafayette Square’s western edge and served as a springboard to learn the compelling stories of other buildings on the square. Reception and book signing to follow.

Free.  RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing


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


LITERARY AWARD: Jessica Choppin Roney, Governed By A Spirit Of Opposition: The Origins of Colonial Philadelphia

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 5:30 PM

This title is part of the Studies in Early American Economy and Society from the Library Company. It explores the political dynamics of Philadelphia in the colonial period when civic organizations held considerable political power in the city and encouraged individuals, regardless of income, to take responsibility for education, poverty relief, church governance, fire protection, and even taxation and military defense. Men representing many business levels, including merchants and shoemakers, served as churchwardens, street commissioners, constables, and Overseers of the Poor. Dr. Roney’s research supports the argument that the origins of political volunteerism and civic engagement came before the American Revolution.

Jessica Choppin Roney received her BA at Swarthmore College, her MA at the College of William and Mary, and her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. She is an assistant professor of early American history at Temple University and is working on a second book, tentatively titled, A Revolutionary Inheritance, about settler societies on the U.S. frontier and in Canada in the first decades after the American Revolution. Reception and book signing to follow.

Free.  RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing


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



Workshop: Crafty Crazy Nag Hammadi! with Erin Sweeney.

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 10:00AM-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

WRITERS' MIXER led by Concha Alborg

Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 6:00 PM

Are you interested in joining a writers’ group or connecting with other writers? Come to this networking hour and learn about local writers’ groups currently looking for new members and meet other writers who are interested in forming a group.

Dr. Concha Alborg is the author of Divorce after Death: A Widow’s Memoir (2014), American in Translation: A Novel in Three Novellas (2011), and Beyond Jet-Lag: Other Stories, among other titles both general and academic. She has recently retired from Saint Joseph’s University so that she can devote herself to her writing.

Free.  RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing

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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