Events – Past

PAST EVENTS
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Speaker Series
May 19 2022 at 6:00 PM
The Sign for Home
Blair Fell
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Virtual Speaker Series
May 18 2022 at 2:00 PM
Le Cercle Francophone d'Histoire: Jacques Cartier
Eric Simonis
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Book Club
May 17 2022 at 12:00 PM
Books with Beth: The Address Book by Deirdre Mask
Beth Hessel
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Course
May 16 2022 at 5:00 PM
Record of Strangers Workshop
Jill LeMin Lee
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Speaker Series
May 11 2022 at 6:00 PM
Women Healers: Essential Workers from Philadelphia's Founding
Susan Brandt
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Noon Talk
May 10 2022 at 12:00 PM
Lombard Street's Black Activists: Antislavery, Business and Advancement
Michael Clemmons and Donna Rilling
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First Friday
May 6 2022 at 5:00 PM
Multi-Artist Pop Up
Various Artists
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Book Club
May 5 2022 at 3:00 PM
Athenaeum Mystery Book Club: Desolation Canyon by P.J. Tracy
Lois Reibach
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Speaker Series
May 4 2022 at 6:00 PM
How America's Best Idea--National Parks--Came to Fruition
Dennis Drabelle and Shaun Eyring
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Virtual Speaker Series
April 28 2022 at 6:00 PM
Index, A History of the
Dennis Duncan
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Course
April 26 2022 at 2:00 PM
Writings From the Anti-Slavery Fight
Richard Bell
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Special Event
April 21 2022 at 3:00 PM
Taste of the Opera: Rigoletto
Dr. Lily Kass
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Course
April 20 2022 at 6:00 PM
The Books Behind the Declaration (Libraries & Liberty Seminar 1)
Michael Barsanti
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Noon Talk
April 19 2022 at 12:00 PM
The Poison Book Project: Arsenic in Mass-Produced 19th-Century Cloth Bookbinding
Dr. Melissa Tedone
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Speaker Series
April 19 2022 at 6:00 PM
You Can Have It All But Not At The Same Time
Marjorie Margolies
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Book Club
April 18 2022 at 5:00 PM
Books with Beth: How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue (In Person)
Beth Hessel
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Book Club
April 14 2022 at 3:00 PM
Athenaeum Mystery Book Club: The Madness of Crowds
Lois Reibach
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Course
April 13 2022 at 2:00 PM
Record of Strangers Workshop
Jill LeMin Lee
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Course
April 9 2022 at 11:00 AM
Record of Strangers Workshop
Jill LeMin Lee
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Virtual Speaker Series
April 6 2022 at 2:00 PM
Le Cercle Francophone d'Histoire: George Sand
Eric Simonis
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Special Event
April 4 2022 at 6:00 PM
SOLD OUT 207th Annual Meeting of Shareholders
KieranTimberlake and Athenaeum Staff
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First Friday
April 1 2022 at 5:00 PM
First Friday: 19th Century Ornithology
Athenaeum Staff
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Virtual Speaker Series
March 30 2022 at 6:00 PM
Professional Pic(k)s: Favorites from the Jerome Lukowicz Collection
Various
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Film Screening
March 28 2022 at 2:00 PM
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Carrie Rickey
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Course
March 26 2022 at 11:00 AM
Open Collage Workshop
Athenaeum Staff
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Noon Talk
March 22 2022 at 12:00 PM
Pennsylvania Forum Building: Restoring a Place of Knowledge
Aaron Warkentin
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Speaker Series
March 22 2022 at 6:00 PM
The Nature of Organic Nationalism: A Revisionist History of Euro-American Architecture Theory
Charles Davis II
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Concert
March 18 2022 at 6:00 PM
Allegro Music Presents: The Sounds of Gut and Steel
Katie Hyun
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Book Club
March 15 2022 at 12:00 PM
Books with Beth: The Color of Law (Virtual)
Beth Hessel
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Special Event
March 12 2022 at 10:00 AM
Story Explorers Book Fest
Authors Talks and Workshops
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Course
March 10 2022 at 2:00 PM
The Visual and Material Culture of the Site of Rayy, Iran
Renata Holod
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Speaker Series
March 10 2022 at 6:00 PM
The Roots of Educational Inequality: Philadelphia's Germantown High School, 1907 -2014
Erika Kitzmiller
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Noon Talk
March 8 2022 at 12:00 PM
Inside 219: From Robert Cornelius to Jerome Lukowicz
Bruce Laverty
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First Friday
March 4 2022 at 5:00 PM
First Friday: Charles Cushing
Artist
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Speaker Series
March 3 2022 at 6:00 PM
Exploring Early Ideas of the Marvelous Natural World
Rebecca Bushnell
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Book Club
March 3 2022 at 3:00 PM
Athenaeum Mystery Book Club: The Heron's Cry by Ann Cleeves
Lois Reibach
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Book Club
February 28 2022 at 5:00 PM
Books with Beth: Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell (In Person)
Beth Hessel
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Film Screening
February 28 2022 at 2:00 PM
Contempt
Carrie Rickey
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Speaker Series
February 24 2022 at 6:00 PM
Read Until You Understand
Farah Jasmine Griffin
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Virtual Speaker Series
February 23 2022 at 2:00 PM
Le Cercle Francophone d'Histoire: Olympe de Gouges
Eric Simonis
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Course
February 22 2022 at 2:00 PM
SOLD OUT- Rembrandt's Holland Course
Larry Silver
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Speaker Series
February 22 2022 at 6:00 PM
Our American Friend
Anna Pitoniak and Jo Piazza
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Concert
February 18 2022 at 6:00 PM
SOLD OUT- Allegro Presents: New York City Guitar Quartet
Jordan Dodson, Phil Goldenberg, Tom Clippinger and John Marcel Williams
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Special Event
February 16 2022 at 6:00 PM
Words and Pictures
Sean O'Rourke
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Film Screening
February 12 2022 at 2:00 PM
Gradually, Then Suddenly: The Bankruptcy of Detroit
Sam Katz and Jim Gardner
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Virtual Speaker Series
February 10 2022 at 6:00 PM
How Do We See the Human in Biodiversity and Extinction Narratives?
Timothy Sweet
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Speaker Series
February 7 2022 at 6:00 PM
Camera Man: Buster Keaton and the Dawn of Cinema
Dana Stevens
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Special Event
February 4 2022 at 6:00 PM
The Lukowicz Legacy: A Conversation
Sean O'Rourke and William Williams
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Book Club
February 3 2022 at 3:00 PM
Athenaeum Mystery Book Club: The Night of Fire by Kjell Eriksson
Lois Reibach
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Speaker Series
January 31 2022 at 6:00 PM
Contemporary Urban Landscape in the Making
Giulia de Appolonia
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Film Screening
January 31 2022 at 2:00 PM
Cleo from 5 to 7
Carrie Rickey
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Virtual Speaker Series
January 27 2022 at 3:00 PM
VIRTUAL: A Kind of Private Princedome: The Story of the Country House
Clive Aslet
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Concert
January 21 2022 at 6:00 PM
POSTPONED Allegro Music Presents: Multi-Dimensional Sounds Concert
Chrystal E Williams and Jordan Dodson
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Book Club
January 19 2022 at 2:00 PM
The Founding Era Book Club
Richard Bell
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Book Club
January 18 2022 at 12:00 PM
Books with Beth: Shakespeare in a Divided America (Virtual)
Beth Hessel
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Virtual Speaker Series
January 14 2022 at 12:00 PM
Magnificent Residences for Philadelphians Near and Far
David B. Rowland
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Virtual Speaker Series
January 12 2022 at 2:00 PM
Le Cercle Francophone d'Histoire: Madame de Staël
Eric Simonis
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Noon Talk
January 11 2022 at 12:00 PM
James Stirling: An Architect Part Two
Ed Jakmauh
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Virtual Speaker Series
January 10 2022 at 6:00 PM
Love in the Time of Travel Bans
Yara Zgheib
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Book Club
January 6 2022 at 3:00 PM
Athenaeum Mystery Book Club: The Sorbonne Affair by Mark Pryor
Lois Reibach
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Speaker Series
January 5 2022 at 6:00 PM
Star Territory: Printing the Universe in Nineteenth-Century America
Gordon Fraser
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Book Club
December 21 2021 at 12:00 PM
Books with Beth: Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang
Beth Hessel
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Speaker Series
December 16 2021 at 6:00 PM
Immigration and Metropolitan Revitalization in Philadelphia and Nationwide
Domenic Vitiello & A. K. Sandoval-Strausz
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Noon Talk
December 7 2021 at 12:00 PM
219 in the 21st Century: The Athenaeum Embraces the Digital
Bruce Laverty
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Speaker Series
December 6 2021 at 6:00 PM
The Origins of the Universe
Dr. Federico Nati
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First Friday
December 3 2021 at 5:00 PM
First Friday: Athenaeum Lithophane Collection
Athenaeum Staff
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Book Club
December 2 2021 at 3:00 PM
Athenaeum Mystery Book Club: Havana heat by Carolina Garcia-Aguilera
Lois Reibach
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Speaker Series
December 1 2021 at 6:00 PM
Why Food Matters
Paul Freedman
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Virtual Speaker Series
December 1 2021 at 2:00 PM
Le Cercle Francophone d'Histoire: La Comtesse de la Fayette
Eric Simonis
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Film Screening
November 29 2021 at 2:00 PM
MONDAY MOVIE MATINEE: Unfaithfully Yours (1948)
Carrie Rickey
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Special Event
November 22 2021 at 6:00 PM
The Future of the Organ
Opera Philadelphia & Panel
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Concert
November 19 2021 at 6:00 PM
Soar to New Heights
Allegro Music
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Speaker Series
November 18 2021 at 6:00 PM
Lady Editor: Sarah Josepha Hale and the Making of the Modern American Woman
Melanie Kirkpatrick
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Book Club
November 16 2021 at 12:00 PM
SOLD OUT Books with Beth: Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
Beth Hessel
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Speaker Series
November 11 2021 at 6:00 PM
SOLD OUT: Vive la France! The Art and Architecture of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Therese Dolan and Lynn Miller
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Noon Talk
November 9 2021 at 12:00 PM
James Stirling, An Architect Who Challenged and Embraced What Came Before
Ed Jakmauh
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First Friday
November 5 2021 at 5:00 PM
Pat Singer & Phillip Singer Pop Up
Athenaeum Staff
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Speaker Series
November 4 2021 at 6:00 PM
Against the Loveless World
Susan Abulhawa and Ania Loomba
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Book Club
November 4 2021 at 3:00 PM
Athenaeum Mystery Book Club: So Say the Fallen
Lois Reibach
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Speaker Series
October 27 2021 at 6:00 PM
Modern Spaces of Electric Light
Sandy Isenstadt
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Trip
October 27 2021 at 1:00 PM
St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church Tour and Organ Recital
Richard Van Fossen, Jr.
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Virtual Speaker Series
October 26 2021 at 12:00 PM
Lost Heroes of WWII. We will not forget.
Shalom E. Lamm
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Film Screening
October 25 2021 at 2:00 PM
MONDAY MOVIE MATINEE: Midnight (1939)
Carrie Rickey
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Trip
October 23 2021 at 11:00 AM
Tindley Temple United Methodist Church Tour and Organ Recital
Frank Tyson and Chase Castle
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Speaker Series
October 20 2021 at 6:00 PM
We Are Not Like Them
Christine Pride and Jo Piazza moderated by Jennifer Weiner
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Virtual Speaker Series
October 20 2021 at 2:00 PM
Le Cercle Francophone d'Histoire: Christine de Pizan
Eric Simonis
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Book Club
October 19 2021 at 12:00 PM
Books with Beth: My Broken Language by Quiara Alegria Hudes
Beth Hessel
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Virtual Speaker Series
October 18 2021 at 6:00 PM
Lincoln in Private
Ronald C. White
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Concert
October 15 2021 at 6:00 PM
Experience New Discoveries
Allegro Music
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Gallery Tour
October 13 2021 at 3:00 PM
Gallery Talk
Joshua Castaño and Joe Elliott
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Virtual Speaker Series
October 12 2021 at 6:00 PM
Voice for the Voiceless
David Michaelis
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Book Club
October 7 2021 at 3:00 PM
Athenaeum Mystery Book Club: Out of Bounds by Val McDermid
Lois Reibach
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Speaker Series
October 7 2021 at 6:00 PM
Why Old Places Matter Panel Discussion
Thompson Mayes, Randall Mason, Starr Herr-Cardillo
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Speaker Series
October 5 2021 at 6:00 PM
TEMPORARILY POSTPONED A Kind of Private Princedome: The Story of the Country House
Clive Aslet
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First Friday
October 1 2021 at 5:00 PM
Inspired Sound Exhibition and Panel
Joseph E.B. Elliott
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Speaker Series
September 30 2021 at 6:00 PM
The Shrimp Fights Back: Napko, Eagle, and Korean Independence Movement, 1941-1945
Brian Masaru Hayashi
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Film Screening
September 27 2021 at 2:00 PM
MONDAY MOVIE MATINEE: The High Sign (1921) and Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
Carrie Rickey
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Concert
September 26 2021 at 3:00 PM
Sunday In The Square: A Musical Celebration
The Athenaeum of Philadelphia & Independence National Historical Park
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Speaker Series
September 23 2021 at 6:00 PM
Is Failure the Cost of Success?
Joseph Margulies
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Book Club
September 21 2021 at 12:00 PM
Books with Beth: How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith
Beth Hessel
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Speaker Series
September 16 2021 at 6:00 PM
Alias O. Henry
Ben Yagoda
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Virtual Speaker Series
September 15 2021 at 2:00 PM
Le Cercle Francophone d'Histoire: Arthur Rimbaud
Eric Simonis
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Speaker Series
September 13 2021 at 6:00 PM
Athenaeum Literary Award Winner: The Beauty in Breaking
Michele Harper and Lorene Cary
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Book Club
September 2 2021 at 3:00 PM
Athenaeum Mystery Book Club: The Lost Ones by Sheena Kamal
Lois Reibach
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Special Event
August 18 2021 at 5:00 PM
New Members Reception
Athenaeum Staff
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Book Club
August 17 2021 at 12:00 PM
Books with Beth: Four Hundred Souls by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain
Beth Hessel
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Trip
August 12 2021 at 1:45 PM
Anna Russell Jones: The Art of Design Docent Led Tour at AAMP
Michael Clemmons
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Virtual Speaker Series
August 11 2021 at 2:00 PM
Le Cercle Francophone d'Histoire: Paul Verlaine
Eric Simonis
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First Friday
August 6 2021 at 5:00 PM
The Work of Mellor, Meigs & Howe: FLIGHT AND SHADOW
Athenaeum Staff
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Book Club
August 5 2021 at 3:00 PM
Athenaeum Mystery Book Club: The Maltese Falcon
Lois Reibach
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Film Screening
August 2 2021 at 2:00 PM
Monday Movie Matinee
Love & Mercy
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Book Club
July 20 2021 at 12:00 PM
Books with Beth: Four Hundred Souls by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain
Beth Hessel
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Film Screening
July 12 2021 at 2:00 PM
Monday Movie Matinee
Roman Holiday
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Course
July 7 2021 at 2:00 PM
Le Cercle Francophone d'Histoire: Charles Baudelaire
Eric Simonis
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Book Club
July 1 2021 at 3:00 PM
Athenaeum Mystery Book Club: No Man's Nightingale
Lois Reibach
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Virtual Speaker Series
June 24 2021 at 6:00 PM
How America Decided to Dominate: The Birth of Armed Supremacy in World War II
Stephen Wertheim
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Virtual Speaker Series
June 22 2021 at 6:00 PM
Leveraging Legacy: 30 Years of Community Centered Design
Tya Winn
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Book Club
June 15 2021 at 12:00 PM
Books with Beth: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Beth Hessel
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Virtual Speaker Series
June 15 2021 at 6:00 PM
Worlds Beyond: Miniatures and Victorian Fiction
Laura Forsberg
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Virtual Speaker Series
June 10 2021 at 6:00 PM
Madam C.J. Walker's Gospel of Giving: The AME Church's Role in Her Life and Legacy
Tyrone McKinley Freeman and Rev. Mark Kelly Tyler
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Virtual Speaker Series
June 8 2021 at 6:00 PM
Venetians Invented Everything
Meredith Small
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Noon Talk
June 8 2021 at 12:00 PM
Inland: The Abandoned Canals of the Schuylkill Navigation
Sandy Sorlien
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Concert
June 4 2021 at 6:00 PM
The Delightful Flavors of the Classical Guitar
Allegro Presents
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Book Club
June 3 2021 at 3:00 PM
Athenaeum Mystery Book Club: The Unquiet Dead
Lois Reibach
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Virtual Speaker Series
June 1 2021 at 6:00 PM
Keeping House in Seventeenth-Century England
Margarette Lincoln
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Virtual Speaker Series
May 27 2021 at 6:00 PM
Women of Science in the French Enlightenment--A Sextet
Nina Gelbart
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Virtual Speaker Series
May 25 2021 at 6:00 PM
Black Freedom on Native Land: A Story of Western Reconstruction
Alaina E. Roberts
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Noon Talk
May 25 2021 at 12:00 PM
The Problem of Alzheimer's
Dr. Jason Karlawish
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Virtual Speaker Series
May 20 2021 at 6:00 PM
Justice Rising: Robert Kennedy’s America in Black and White
Patricia Sullivan
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Virtual Speaker Series
May 18 2021 at 6:00 PM
The North Atlantic Cities Cites Row House Architecture as an Urban Savior
Charles Duff
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Book Club
May 18 2021 at 12:00 PM
Books with Beth: Against the Loveless World by Susan Abulhawa
Beth Hessel
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Virtual Speaker Series
May 12 2021 at 6:00 PM
Walt Whitman Invents America
Mark Edmundson
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Course
May 12 2021 at 2:00 PM
Le Cercle Francophone d'Histoire: Victor Hugo
Eric Simonis
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Noon Talk
May 11 2021 at 12:00 PM
Collections of the Mind: Phrenology at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia
Denise Fox and Jill LeMin Lee
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Concert
May 7 2021 at 6:00 PM
Martinu Burger on a Mozart Bun
Allegro Presents
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Book Club
May 6 2021 at 3:00 PM
Athenaeum Mystery Book Club: The Searcher by Tana French
Lois Reibach
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Virtual Speaker Series
May 5 2021 at 6:00 PM
The Architecture of Urbanity: Designing Cities for Pluralism and Planet
Vishaan Chakrabarti
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Course
May 3 2021 at 12:00 PM
Women and the American Revolution
Dr. Richard Bell
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