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
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
On Halloween, visitors were invited to the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College to learn about the Spiritualism movement that swept mid 19th century America. What did Quakers – some alive at the time, some already deceased and sending messages from the Spirit World – have to say about the trend?
The self-proclaimed “sexiest archives in Philadelphia” – the John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives at William Way LGBT Community Center – opened its doors on October 26, 2016 for a special behind-the-scenes tour.
Good news, everyone! Nerd Nite is partnering with Archives Month Philly again this year to bring you another evening of nerdery, archives, beers, and music. This means that we need you, our archives and archives-adjacent membership, to submit ideas for talks about the nerdier side of archives. Talks should be 20 minutes long, with 5-10 minutes … More Call for Participants: Nerd Nite
[posted on behalf of Lynn Dorwaldt] Archives Month is fast approaching and the Wagner Free Institute of Science will be hosting the Fourth Annual Lantern Slide Salon on Thursday, October 13th from 6-8 PM. The Lantern Slide Salon has continually been a popular and engaging event where archivists and the public come together and learn about … More Call for participants: Lantern Slide Salon
[Posted on behalf of the Archives Month Philly Planning Team] Hello fellow archivists and friends-of-the archives! Now that Archives Month Philly planning is coming into full swing, have you been wondering how your institution could be involved? Do you have recipes, cooking instruments, photographs of food, or other food-related material in your archives? If you … More Call for participants: Food From the Archives
Oloch, the wooly mammoth / prize-winning “pimped-out” book truck, surveyed the scene on 10/22 as the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s Othmer Library opened its doors for a rare public open house. Staff were on hand to talk about their work and explain context for favorite selections, but the real stars of the evening were the documents … More Archives Month Philly – Othmer Library Open House
[posted on behalf of Ken Cleary] On October 16th, WHYY treated Archives Month Philly participants to a fascinating look at the analog tape archives of Fresh Air with Terry Gross. The tapes span from 1976 to 2007 and represent thousands of hours of interviews with some of the most important and interesting figures of … More Archives Month Philly: WHYY’s Fresh Air archives
At October 16’s Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) open house, part of Archives Month Philly, guests had the opportunity to participate in two important moments in the history of the society’s musical collections. One was the deposit of an original 1936 composition by famed composer and West Chester (Pa.) native Samuel Barber (1910-1981). The composition, “Chorale for a … More Archives Month Philly: Presbyterian Historical Society open house