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 some portraits, such as one of George Washington by James Peale, as well as numerous artifacts from the Peale’s Philadelphia Museum, and letters, diaries, sketchbooks and other personal ephemera.  The exhibit also included interactive displays and videos. One of my favorite parts was a Hollinger box filled with some archival content as well as information about archives and the American Philosophical Society–perfect for Archives Month!

PealeQuiz

My dad participating in the interactive quiz to find out which member of the Peale family he was most like. He got James Peale!


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