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Banner Image: Members' Reading Room, 1940.

Membership    ·    New Books    ·    Event Calendar

Banner Image: Members' Reading Room, 1940.



Columbus Day
The Athenaeum will be closed on Monday, October 12.

Upcoming Events

All Programs are free for students with ID.

City Abandoned Gallery Talk and Book Signing
Saturday, October 3, 1:00PM Additional Information.

Society Hill-Hot and Healthy!
Tuesday, October 20, 2:30PM.  Dr. Robert Norris, “How to Prevent Heart Attacks”.  Free. RSVP to or 215-925-2688.  Additional Information.

Genealogy Workshop
Wednesday, October 21, 2:00-4:00PM. Additional Information. RSVP to or 215-925-2688.  Athenaeum Members Only.

Lecture: Nancy G. Heller, John Singer Sargent and Flamenco: Reconsidering El Jaleo. Wednesday, October 21, 5:30PM.  Free for Athenaeum Members, RSVP to or 215-925-2688. All others $10. Additional Information.

Lecture: Steven B. Erisoty, “Preserving Philadelphia’s Artistic Heritage”
Saturday, October 24, 1:30PM. Free for Athenaeum Members, RSVP to or 215-925-2688. All others $10. Additional Information.

Lecture: Stephen Hague, The Gentleman’s House in the British Atlantic World. 
Wednesday, October 28, 5:30PM.  Free for Athenaeum Members, RSVP to or 215-925-2688. All others $10. Additional Information.

Lecture: Raghu Karnad, Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War.
Saturday, October 31, 1:30PM.  Free for Athenaeum Members, RSVP to or 215-925-2688. All others $10. Additional Information.

Bibles and Prayer Books of the Athenaeum

The exhibition cases in the Reading Room are currently displaying some of our older Bibles and Catholic prayer-books.

Exhibition Dates: Through October 17th

Industrial Philadelphia Art Competition Registration

Industrial Philadelphia: Past & Present is a celebration of the significant role the Philadelphia region has played, and continues to play, in our country’s industrial life.
All submitted works must depict some aspect of industry, past or present, in the six-county region (Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester,
Delaware, and Camden). 

Registration Opens: September 1, 2015, 12:00AM

Exhibition Dates: December 6, 2015-January 2, 2016

Please read the prospectus for more information on the competition.  

Click here to register

Philadelphia: The Seat of Arts & Activism

From Temple Contemporary:

"Every year we struggle to share with our audiences the vibrant diversity of social and cultural organizations active in Philadelphia. We’ve asked 75 of these organizations to lend us a chair. Their continuous presence and accompanying mission statements will literally support us throughout Temple Contemporary's fall season."

One of the Athenaeum's folding chairs is in this exhibition.

Dates: September 2, 2015-January 31, 2016
Location: Temple Contemporary, 12th and Norris Streets, Lower Level South

Above: Athenaeum folding chair in Temple Contemporary's exhibition.

Member News

The Robert J. and Thelma E. Gill Book Fund has been established by Dr. Robert J. Gill, former Athenaeum Board member, to purchase books of history and biography.

Thank you, Dr. Gill for this important book fund.

SAH/Peterson Fellowship Report

by Tonia Sing Chi Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Columbia University

Both the Warren House (1850) in Newburgh and Chichester’s Inn (1680-1710) in Huntington tell defining stories about the New York towns that house them. As the recipient of The SAH/Charles E. Peterson Fellowship this summer, I was given the opportunity to research these two pre-1860s buildings, and compose their histories as they have been interpreted and transmitted by those who constructed, inhabited, recorded, and preserved them. While one (Chichester’s Inn) took me back to the early settlement period through the narrative of a family who built the seventeenth century inn on a historic stagecoach route, the other (Warren House) summoned an often overlooked architect, Calvert Vaux, who left a profound imprint on nineteenth-century American taste and design. These buildings will become part of the 100 Classic Buildings series of the New York State contributions to SAH Archipedia and writing their entries has enriched my understanding of the multicultural climate of New York State that so impacted the distinctive architecture of early America.


Above: Warren House.

Left: Chichester's Inn.



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