Dec
3
Thu
2020
Carbon Futures: Cultivating Coal Consumption in the Second Quarter of the 19th Century
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Thursday, December 3rd

5:00-6:30 p.m. est

Drawing on period texts and illustrations (travelogues, almanacs, journals, advertisements) promoting coal, this talk will consider how contemporary audiences came to understand this fossil fuel in three ways: through the lens of landscape, as a geological specimen, and as a central component of the domestic sphere. Come learn about how coal’s multiple roles in the visual economy of the early-19th-century prompted a broadening of its use in the following decades.

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About Rebecca Szantyr

Rebecca Szantyr was the 2019-2020 William H. Helfand Visual Culture Fellow at the Library Company of Philadelphia. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Brown University, where her research focuses on 18th- and 19th-century print culture. Her dissertation on the Neapolitan-American artist Nicolino Calyo examines the overlap of popular culture and the fine arts in the Atlantic World. From 2015-2018, Rebecca was the Florence B. Selden Fellow in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Yale University Art Gallery, where she curated exhibitions on Jacob Lawrence and the history of caricature. Her research has been supported by the American Antiquarian Society, the Joukowsky Research Travel Fund at Brown, the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, and the Library Company.

Dec
4
Fri
2020
On the Hunt for 30 Years: Extraordinary Library Company Acquisitions featuring Director Emeritus John C. Van Horne
Dec 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
On the Hunt for 30 Years: Extraordinary Library Company Acquisitions featuring Director Emeritus John C. Van Horne @ Zoom

Co-Hosted with the Philadelphia Club    

From 1985 to 2014, John Van Horne served as Director of the Library Company. From the time the first shipload of books arrived from London in 1732 through the present day, augmenting the Library Company’s collection through a constant stream of gifts and purchases has always been a principal part of the mission.

During his tenure the collections grew by many thousands of rare items in all categories, and his talk will highlight the major acquisitions that came in from several sources, such as German-Americana from collectors William Woys Weaver and Don Yoder, the late dean of Pennsylvania German studies; the glorious ornithological plate books comprising the collection of Francis R. Cope, Jr.; the great treasures of American history from the Revolutionary and Early National periods amassed over decades by Robert L. McNeil, Jr. and bequeathed in 2010; works of medical and pharmaceutical history from Trustee Emeritus Charles E. Rosenberg and our late President William H. Helfand; and thousands of important works in several fields from the omnivorous collector Michael Zinman, also a Trustee Emeritus and the subject of a New Yorker profile in 2000; and much else besides. These acquisitions ensure that a venerable institution can continue to respond to the ever-changing interests and needs of its readers and audience.

To register for this event, please contact Special Events & Membership Coordinator Colleen Gill at cgill@librarycompany.org.

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Dec
9
Wed
2020
25th Annual Junto: The Robert Staples Metamorphic Collection with Barbara Fahs Charles
Dec 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
25th Annual Junto: The Robert Staples Metamorphic Collection with Barbara Fahs Charles @ Zoom

Attendance at this event is reserved for donors to the Junto Campaign or those members who are part of our Phillis Wheatley membership and above. To donate to the campaign, please visit https://librarycompany.org/development/development-donate-form/ and select Junto in the “Earmark My Donation” dropdown menu.

Collector Robert Staples and his wife and design partner Barbara Fahs Charles of Staples & Charles will discuss how the collection began fifty years ago, the myriad forms and actions these seemingly simple works can take, and how these cards have inspired some of their exhibition designs.

To register for this event, please contact Special Events & Membership Coordinator Colleen Gill at cgill@librarycompany.org.

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Dec
10
Thu
2020
Fireside Chat: The Nature of the Future: Agriculture, Science, and Capitalism in the Antebellum North (Book Talk)
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Emily Pawley, Associate Professor of History, Dickinson College
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Dec
17
Thu
2020
Fireside Chat: Cuisine and National Identity in the Early Republic
Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Peter Mabli, Project Director of Online Programs, American Social History Productions, The Graduate Center at the City University of New York
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Jan
12
Tue
2021
No Time to Waste: The History of Clocks in the Library Company with Jay Robert Stiefel
Jan 12 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
No Time to Waste: The History of Clocks in the Library Company with Jay Robert Stiefel @ Zoom

Co-Hosted by the Philadelphia Club

Join us for a talk about the history of the Library Company’s horological collections featuring historian, lawyer and collector Jay Robert Stiefel, with an introduction by Linda August, Curator of Art & Artifacts and Visual Materials Cataloger. The Library Company’s long history with clocks and horological books began with early shareholders such as David Rittenhouse, Benjamin Randolph, Edward Duffield, and John Child, and continued under the stewardship of librarian Edwin Wolf 2nd and now Director Emeritus John C. Van Horne. That horological legacy continues to the present day. Our speaker will share its highlights. Jay Stiefel has written on the Library Company’s horological collections for The Magazine Antiques and Antiquarian Horology. The library co-sponsored the launch of Jay’s current book, The Cabinetmaker’s Account: John Head’s Record of Craft & Commerce in Colonial Philadelphia, 1718–1753 (American Philosophical Society 2019), copies of which are available for purchase and inscription: rhammer@librarycompany.org.

To register for this event, please contact Special Events & Membership Coordinator Colleen Gill at cgill@librarycompany.org.

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Jan
14
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: Plum Pudding and Spartans Brave: The Pamphlet War Over the Paxton Massacre
Jan 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

John Smolenski, Associate Professor of History, University of California, Davis
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Jan
21
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: Liberty Displaying the Arts and Sciences: Abolition and Empire in the Post-Revolution Atlantic World
Jan 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Emily Casey, Assistant Professor of Art History, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
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Feb
4
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: The Fabric of Empire: Material and Literary Cultures of the Global Atlantic, 1650-1850 (Book Talk)
Feb 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Danielle Skeehan, Assistant Professor of English and Comparative American Studies, Oberlin College and Conservatory
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Feb
9
Tue
2021
Race, Health, and Epidemics: A Collection Review and Discussion
Feb 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Race, Health, and Epidemics: A Collection Review and Discussion @ Zoom

Supported, in part, by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Join Jasmine Smith, our African American History Specialist and Reference Librarian for a live collection review featuring items from our first ever Mellon Scholars on-line exhibition, Déjà Vu: We’ve Been Here Before: Race, Health, and Epidemics. Explore collections from the 18th and 19th century that document the long and chronicled history of medical racism from the 1793 Yellow Fever epidemic to the present.

To register for this event, please contact Special Events & Membership Coordinator Colleen Gill at cgill@librarycompany.org.

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Feb
11
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution (Book Talk)
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

David Head, Associate Lecturer, Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Feb
17
Wed
2021
Body and Soul: A Conversation with Jessica Johnson about Slavery, Gender, and the Atlantic World
Feb 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, February 17

5:30-7 p.m. EST

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A conversation with Sharon Block (UC Irvine), Sasha Turner (Johns Hopkins), and Jessica Marie Johnson, author of Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World (Penn Press, 2020). Hosted by Deirdre Cooper Owens, Director of the Program in African American History.

Offered via Fireside Chats

Sponsored by the Program in African American History

Feb
25
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: The Practice of Citizenship: Black Politics and Print Culture in the Early United States (Book Talk)
Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Derrick R. Spires, Associate Professor of English, Cornell University
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Mar
4
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: Surveying Penn’s Map of Governance
Mar 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Agnès Trouillet, Associate Professor in Political, Economic, Social, Cultural History of the British Isles, Université Paris X Nanterre
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Mar
9
Tue
2021
Discovering the Bicycle: Women Find a Vehicle for Empowerment
Mar 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Discovering the Bicycle: Women Find a Vehicle for Empowerment @ Zoom

Supported by the Davida T. Deutsch Program in Women’s History

According to suffragist Susan B. Anthony, bicycling “did more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.” Temperance activist Frances Willard learned to ride a bicycle at age 53, and then used bicycle riding as a metaphor for mastering life in the book she wrote about the experience. They were two of the many women who took up bicycling after the development of the modern Safety bicycle in the 1880s. Curator of Women’s History Cornelia King will present a range of material from the collections on the history of women and bicycling.

To register for this event, please contact Special Events & Membership Coordinator Colleen Gill at cgill@librarycompany.org.

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Mar
11
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: Prophets, Publicists, and Parasites: Antebellum Print Culture and the Rise of the Critic (Book Talk)
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Adam Gordon, Associate Professor of English, Whitman College
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Mar
18
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: Horology in Art
Mar 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Bob Frishmen, Fellow of the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors
Sponsored by the Visual Culture Program
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Mar
25
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: Is Coral Feminist?: The Coded Meaning of Coral in 19th-century Women’s Writings
Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

Michele Navakas, Associate Professor of English, Miami University of Ohio
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Apr
1
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: New Books for a New Nation: Jesuit Library Building in 19th Century Chicago
Apr 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

Kyle B. Roberts, Associate Director of Library & Museum Programming, American Philosophical Society
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Apr
8
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: Aristocratic Education and the Making of the American Republic (Book Talk)
Apr 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

Mark Boonshoft, Assistant Professor of History, Duquesne University
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