Conference Program

Thursday, September 19:
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Reception and exhibition tour by curators Rachel D’Agostino and Erika Piola

Friday, September 20:

10:00-10:30 Registration

10:30-11:00 Opening Remarks

John C. Van Horne, Director, Library Company of Philadelphia

Rachel D’Agostino, Co-Director, VCP at LCP, Library Company of Philadelphia

Nancy Rosin, President, The Ephemera Society of America

11:00-12:30 Session 1: Building and Promoting Institutional Collections of Ephemera: Patent Medicine at UCLA & World’s Fairs at Hagley Museum and Library

Chair: Rachel D’Agostino, Library Company of Philadelphia

Russell Johnson, Curator, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library at UCLA

Terry Snyder, Librarian of the College, Haverford College

12:30-2:00 Lunch (On your own)

2:00-3:30 Session 2: The Impact of Photography on the 19th-Century Viewscape: Stereographs & Postcards

Chair: Diane DeBlois, Editor of Publications, The Ephemera
Society of America

Jeremy Rowe, Jeremy Rowe Vintage Photography -

Chris Pyle, Historical Resources Manager, Curt Teich Postcard Archives, Lake County Discovery Museum, Wauconda, Illinois

3:30-4:00 Break

4:00-5:30 Session 3: Artistry in 19th-Century Ephemera Production and Collection: Trade Cards & Scrapbooks

Chair: Erika Piola, Co-Director, VCP at LCP, Library Company of Philadelphia

Richard Sheaff, R. Dana Sheaff & Company

Ellen Gruber Garvey, Professor of English, New Jersey City University

6:00-8:00 Reception
The Print Center, 1614 Latimer Street

The Visual Culture Program at the Library Company of Philadelphia
and The Ephemera Society of America

To receive more information about VCP at LCP, or to discuss public programming, please contact Erika Piola, Associate Curator of Prints and Photographs at or Rachel D'Agostino, Curator of Printed Books at

1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 546-3181
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