Round-up: Monument Lab “From the Archives” blog series

What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? This is the question engaged by Monument Lab, a public history and art project that collected hundred of proposals from members of the public responding to that prompt. Monument Lab officially wrapped up on November 19th, 2017. Throughout the month of October, archivists blogged … More Round-up: Monument Lab “From the Archives” blog series

Recap of “Risk and Reward” at the Union League

On October 24, 2017, archivist and guest curator Jack McCarthy treated visitors to a special tour of his exhibit “Risk & Reward: Entrepreneurship and the Making Philadelphia” at the Heritage Center of the Union League of Philadelphia as part of Archives Month Philly. Usual suspects like John Wanamaker, Matthias Baldwin, and Stephen Girard were featured in … More Recap of “Risk and Reward” at the Union League

Recap of the American Philosophical Society’s exhibit, Curious Revolutionaries: The Peales of Philadelphia

Posted on behalf of Rachel Appel For Archives Month Philly, I visited the American Philosophical Society’s exhibit, Curious Revolutionaries: The Peales of Philadelphia. While I was familiar with Charles Willson Peale and James Peale’s portraitures of historic American figures, I learned so much about the Peale family and their other numerous endeavors. The exhibit included … More Recap of the American Philosophical Society’s exhibit, Curious Revolutionaries: The Peales of Philadelphia

10/20/17 Presbyterian Historical Society Archives Month Philly Open House

Posted on behalf of Shaun Kirkpatrick On Oct. 20, the Presbyterian Historical Society opened their doors for their annual Archives Month Philly open house. The busy evening included chances to tour underground archival storage; review staff-selected gems and oddities from their collections; see the current public exhibit on Presbyterians in the American Revolution; and enjoy food, … More 10/20/17 Presbyterian Historical Society Archives Month Philly Open House

11/3/17 Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Barnes Foundation Archives

Posted on behalf of your DVAG Programming Committee: Kenneth Cleary, Vice-Chair Kelsey Duinkerken, At-large member Chrissie Perella, At-large member On Friday, November 3rd the Barnes Foundation Archives is opening its doors to DVAG for a behind-the-scenes tour of their new center city Archives and, after the tour, generously offering free admission to the museum and … More 11/3/17 Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Barnes Foundation Archives

College of Physicians Archives Month Philly Recap: Invisible, Not Insignificant

The Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia hosted another sold out pop-up exhibit from their archival collections of medical history. The October 10th display, “Invisible, Not Insignificant,” featured mostly 19th century photographs, published medical texts, and diaries from doctors and patients with “invisible” mental and emotional disorders like depression, breakdowns, and other conditions … More College of Physicians Archives Month Philly Recap: Invisible, Not Insignificant

University of Pennsylvania Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts: “Behind the Scenes,” October 17, 2017

Posted on behalf of Chrissie Perella At the University of Pennsylvania’s Kislak Center, we went “behind the scenes” for Archives Month.  The items on display represented the cataloguer’s favorite examples of the moments before the big moments.   Among these hidden moments was an audition book used by Leopold Stokowski during his time with the … More University of Pennsylvania Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts: “Behind the Scenes,” October 17, 2017

Othmer Library Open House: Back to School Night, October 11, 2017

Posted on behalf of Chrissie Perella This year, the Chemical Heritage Foundation hosted another great open house for Archives Month – “Back to School” – but with an added bonus: Escape the Archives! While my group, sadly, did not manage to “escape the archives,” it was lots of fun.  Our task: find a manuscript, written by … More Othmer Library Open House: Back to School Night, October 11, 2017

DVAG’s 9/14/17 General Meeting

On Thursday, September 14th DVAG held its general meeting in the Samuel L. Paley Library on Temple University’s main campus. The meeting was hosted by Temple University’s Urban Archives as it coincided with the archives 50th anniversary. The archives provided the space, pizza, cake and there was also a new 20 case exhibit on display. Margery Sly, Director … More DVAG’s 9/14/17 General Meeting

Archives Month Philly Tours at Girard College

Posted on behalf of Shaun Kirkpatrick and Kelsey Duinkerken This October Girard College opened its doors for behind-the-scenes tours of the iconic Founder’s Hall not once, but twice!  Established in 1831 by the provisions of Stephen Girard’s will as a boarding school for orphaned, white boys, Girard College now admits children of all races and genders … More Archives Month Philly Tours at Girard College