Contributed by Ashley Stevens Sponsored by the Young Friends of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, ‘Staches and Spirits was a rousing success with over 75 people in attendance on October 16th. During the course of the two hour event, attendees had the opportunity to mingle, to sample free whiskey and to check out historic photographs … More Archives Month Philly: ‘Staches and Spirits
Bartram’s Garden is a 45-acre National Historic Landmark, operated by the John Bartram Association in cooperation with the City of Philadelphia. John Bartram (1699-1777) was a prominent American naturalist who specialized in botany and horticulture. The property is gorgeous and open to the public to walk around the estate. There are several buildings on the … More Archives Month Philly: Tour of Bartram’s Garden Library and Archives
Currently, the Rare Book Department at the Free Library of Philadelphia is providing tours which include an introduction to the history of the book showing select items from the collections, including cuneiform tablets, a section of a papyrus scroll, a medieval manuscript and a leaf from a Gutenberg Bible. The tour also includes a visit … More Archives Month Philly: Free Library of Philadelphia Rare Book tour and exhibitions
Contributed by Shaun Kirkpatrick Did you know that an amusement park once sat on an island in the middle of the Delaware River? Or that a Bristol, Pa.-to-Burlington, N.J. ferry in the 1750s charged 6 pence for a pig to ride (the same as a human), unless the pig was dead…in which case it was … More Archives Month Philly: Free exhibit on Delaware River life in Bristol
Contributed by Shaun Kirkpatrick On Oct. 14 at the German Society of Pennsylvania (GSP), local food writer Marisa McClelland led a workshop on making that definitively German dish, sauerkraut. For a little over an hour, McClelland helped attendees use a tablespoon of salt and some mixing and mashing to turn two pounds of cabbage into … More Archives Month Philly: Making sauerkraut at the German Society
Archives Month Philly, a month-long festival of history-themed events at Philadelphia’s vibrant and diverse archives, special collections libraries, and cultural institutions, returns for a second year. This year’s headlining events include a chance to view historic lantern slides, an exclusive look at the stories of Philadelphia’s World War I dead, a revealing talk on the … More Archives Month Philly Returns!