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Banner Image: Detail of chess themed bookcase (c. 1860). Presented to the Athenaeum in 1894 by a group of stockholders to hold the Athenaeum's chess books.

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Banner Image: Detail of chess themed bookcase (c. 1860). Presented to the Athenaeum in 1894 by a group of stockholders to hold the Athenaeum's chess books.


Mural Arts Program VIP Reception


The Mural Arts Program will hold a VIP reception at the Athenaeum in honor of artist Richard Haas.  Mr. Haas will also give a presentation on his work.  Free for Athenaeum members.  RSVP is required.  Please RSVP to Vanessa Mortillo at the Mural Arts Program.


When: Thursday, October 18, 6-8PM

Reception: 6:00PM

Presentation: 7:00PM




Philadelphia History Channel Media Player


History Making Productions, the production company behind the documentary series Philadelphia: The Great Experiment, has made some of its video segments available through the websites of local cultural institutions, including The Athenaeum.  You can access the media player by clicking here. The Athenaeum receives 50% of the DVD sales made through the player.

Upcoming Events

Charlene M. Boyer Lewis, Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte: An American Aristocrat in the Early Republic.

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 5:30 PM

Most of us have heard of the infamous Betsy Bonaparte, whose marriage to Emperor Napoleon’s brother Jerome was annulled by the emperor himself. After the annulment Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, born in Baltimore, MD, returned to the United States where she exercised considerable social power at the center of the new American social and political order. Charlene M. Boyer Lewis reminds us of the fragile American political experiment and the active role of women in debates over society and culture in the early American republic. Charlene M. Boyer Lewis is Associate Professor of History and Director of American Studies at Kalamazoo College.

Free for Athenaeum Members. Members may bring a prospective member for free.  RSVP to Susan Gallo at 215-925-2688 or  all others $10, online payment

Mary McFaddden, Mary McFadden: A Lifetime of Design, Collecting and Adventure.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 6:00 PM

Renowned designer and collector Mary McFadden settled the look of the 1970s with her original clothing designs, created from textiles representing her global travel. This new book describes her 30-year career, beginning with her introduction in Vogue magazine in 1972 and continuing through her career as a trendsetter and art collector. Beautifully illustrated with portraits of Mary McFadden, her designs and objects from her collections, this volume presents the reader with McFadden’s 30-year career, exploring her world as a designer and resulting status as a brand famous for looks inspired by both historical cultures and her own art collection. Mary McFadden is a fashion designer, art historian, art collector, and writer. She has written for Vogue on her travels and art collecting and has contributed to numerous museum catalogs. In 2008 she was the recipient of Moore College of Art & Design’s Visionary Woman Award.

Free for Athenaeum Members. RSVP to Susan Gallo at 215-925-2688 or  all others $10, online payment


Nesting Boxes Workshop

Saturday, October 6, 11:00am-3:00pm

There are only two spots left for this workshop.   You may register online.

Member News

Athenaeum board member, Hyman Myers, FAIA, will receive AIA Philadelphia's John Frederick Harbeson Award at the Design Awards Dinner at the Loews Hotel on the evening of October 10, 2012. The award is presented annually to a long-standing member of the architectural community and is intended to recognize their significant contributions over their lifetime to the architectural profession and its related disciplines. To read more about the award and past recipients, click here. To purchase tickets for the Design Awards Banquet, click here.


New Reading Room Chair

Come try out the tablet chair in the Reading Room!  This chair is on loan to us for two weeks, and we want your feedback.  Is it comfortable/uncomfortable, useful for a laptop/not useful?


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