Free and Fun things to do this week

So I was looking for something to do this past weekend and while doing so saw some items that might be of interest to my fellow archivists out there. So here are a few free, hopefully fun/interesting/worth getting out of the house for things to do this week in Philly. Let us know if you’d like to see more of these!

Philadelphia Responds: The Civil War Home Front
October 13, noon-5
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Behind battle lines, the everyday experiences of civilian men and women during the Civil War reveal fascinating accounts of bravery, perseverance, devotion, and passion. On this day, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania will display highlights from its collections to share stories of the Philadelphia Civil War home front.

Friends of the Free Library Fall Sidewalk Sale
October 14, 12-6 and October 15, 10-6
Book Corner
311 N. 20th, Philadelphia

Their tag line is “featuring thousands of books all under $2.” Who doesn’t need more books? Ok, I don’t need more books, but I’ll probably buy more anyway.

Home Movie Day
October 15, 2 – 5pm
@ PhillyCAM
699 Ranstead Street, Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Film Archivists Collective, in association with this year’s host PhillyCAM and sponsor Bryn Mawr Film Institute, present Home Movie Day, a celebration of amateur film and filmmaking!

Anyone may submit their 16mm, 8mm, or super8 home movies for screening at this free event. They will be inspected and projected by film archivists between 2 and 5pm on Saturday, October 15 at PhillyCAM’s new community media center in downtown Philadelphia. Films can be brought to PhillyCAM on the day of the event or to one of our advanced drop off locations on or before October 12th: Bryn Mawr Film Institute (824 W. Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 att. Alexis Mayer) or with John Pettit (

In its fifth year locally and ninth year internationally, Home Movie Day provides a rare opportunity for Philadelphians to see their movies that have sat in boxes unseen and forgotten for too many years. Expect to see family holidays, milestones, and vacations, but don’t be surprised to encounter a child’s masked avenger fantasy film or a demonstration of an obscure hunting skill. The charm of this singular event is in watching fashions change, families grow, and history unfold.

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