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Banner Image: South Elevation of Casa Cautiño, Guayama, Puerto Rico.  A drawing from the winning entry in the 2014 Peterson Prize competition.

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Banner Image: South Elevation of Casa Cautiño, Guayama, Puerto Rico.  A drawing from the winning entry in the 2014 Peterson Prize competition.

September Events

The Athenaeum will be closed Monday, September 1 for Labor Day

Exploring the Athenaeum: Tips of the Iceberg

Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 12:00-1:00PMJoin Gladys Brooks Curator of Architecture Bruce Laverty for the next talk in this monthly series.  September will focus on the work of photographer Jacob Stelman (1905-1974).   Free.  To RSVP, call 215-925-2688 or email

Socrates Cafe Discussion Group

Tuesday, September 9, 11:00AM.  More information.  RSVP to

Genealogy Workshop

Wednesday, September 10, 2:00-4:00PM.  More information.  To RSVP, call 215-925-2688 or email


C. Ford Peatross, “Curator’s Choice: Favorites from Forty Years of Collecting for the Nation.”  More Information.  Free.  To RSVP, call 215-925-2688 or email

Gallery Talk

William Williams, “Photographs Talk: But Seeing What They Are Saying Is Another Matter.” A discussion of photographs in the Treasures of The Athenaeum exhibition.  More Information.  Free.  To RSVP, call 215-925-2688 or email

Treasures of the Athenaeum: 200 Years of Collecting 

As we continue to celebrate the Athenaeum's 200th Anniversary, we also want to remind everyone that the Athenaeum from the very beginning was a library and an institution interested in collecting objects. Our bust of Minerva by George M. Miller came to the Athenaeum rental rooms in 1814; and since that time furniture, paintings, sculpture, and, of course, books have poured into the collections. A selection of items acquired over the 200 years will be on display.  

September 12-November 15, 2014

2014 Charles E. Peterson Prize Competition 

A student competition of measured drawings, the Charles E. Peterson Prize is presented jointly by the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) of the National Park Service, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, and the American Institute of Architects. The annual competition, currently in its 32nd year, honors Charles E. Peterson, FAIA (1906-2004), founder of the HABS program, and is intended to heighten awareness about historic buildings in the United States and to augment the HABS collection of measured drawings at the Library of Congress.  This year's first place team represented the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, School of Architecture.  For the complete list of winners, click here.

Above: 2014 Peterson Prize Jurors: Hyman Myers (Athenaeum), Mark Schara (NPS), and Jonathan Spodek (AIA).  

Helen F. Faust Book and Conservation Fund

Dagmar E. Magill has established a new book and conservation fund in honor of Helen F. Faust (1909-2011), who became an Athenaeum shareholder in 1980.  This fund is to be used for the acquisition, processing, and conservation of books written by women authors and likely to be of permanent value to the Athenaeum collections. Ms. Faust was a longtime advocate for young women's education.  Among her many activities, she was a founding member of Public Citizens for Children and Youth, and part of the first Women's Commission of Philadelphia.  Her  1982 report - "Girls: Are We Failing Them?" was embraced by the American Association of University Women and became the model for their research into the status of women in American Society.  We thank Ms. McGill for honoring Helen Faust in this way and encourage other Athenaeum members who were familiar with her to contribute to this important fund.  

Right: Helen F. Faust.

Chess Club?

If you are interested in joining other Athenaeum members to play chess, please contact Membership Secretary Brittany Koch at


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