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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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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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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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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