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Upcoming Events

Sep 16 @ 5:30 pm – Oct 14 @ 5:30 pm
5:30 pm
Three Sessions: Wednesdays September 16, September 30 & October 14 5:30-7:00 p.m. est Click Here to Register The 19th Amendment forbids denying the right to vote on the basis of sex.  Yet its passage a[...]
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Sep 22 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
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The Annual Meeting is a benefit reserved for shareholders only. Calling all Shareholders!  Join us for the 2020 Annual Meeting where you’ll have the opportunity to hear from our Edwin Wolf 2nd Director, Michael J.[...]
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7:00 pm
Zach Bates, Ph.D. Candidate in History, University of Calgary Register Here
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7:00 pm
Christopher N. Phillips, Professor of English, Lafayette College Register Here
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7:00 pm
Jen Manion, Associate Professor of History, Amherst College Register Here
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Oct 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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Co-Hosted with the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks The Powel House, built in 1765, is considered to be one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the United States. Today, it serves[...]
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7:00 pm
Thursday, October 15th 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST If we learned about the battle for women’s suffrage in history class, we likely didn’t learn that the fight went well beyond the passage of the 19th Amendment in[...]
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2:30 pm
Picking the President in the 19th Century Tuesday, October 20 2:30-3:30 p.m. EST Led by Rachel D’Agostino, Curator of Printed Books Click Here to Register
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5:30 pm
Three Sessions: Wednesdays October 21, November 4 & November 18 5:30-7:00 p.m. est This seminar will consider the innovative contributions of John Dickinson to the creation of the United States Constitution through his work on[...]
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7:00 pm
Vincent DiGirolamo, Assistant Professor of History, Baruch College Register Here
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Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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Tuesday, October 27th 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET via Zoom Voter Suppression in U.S. Elections is a round table discussion between Dr. Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at[...]
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7:00 pm
Glenda Goodman, Assistant Professor of Music, University of Pennsylvania Register Here
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7:00 pm
Jordan Alexander Stein, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Fordham University Register Here
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7:00 pm
Erin Pauwels, Assistant Professor of American Art, Temple University and Erika Piola, Curator of Graphic art and Director of the Visual Culture Program, Library Company of Philadelphia Session 1 Register Here
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5:00 pm
During quarantine, Jennifer Rosner, Chief of Conservation, completed a research project on the Joseph T. Altemus bindery in Philadelphia.  There were a few detours along the way, and she will tell us about a trip[...]
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7:00 pm
Erin Pauwels, Assistant Professor of American Art, Temple University and Erika Piola, Curator of Graphic art and Director of the Visual Culture Program, Library Company of Philadelphia Session 2 Register Here
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1:30 pm
Philadelphia at the Table: Sleuthing the Paper Trails of Culinary History in Library Company Collections and Regional Archives with Dr. William Woys Weaver Monday, November 23 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST Dr. William Woys Weaver is an[...]
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5:00 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[...]
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12:00 pm
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[...]
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5:00 pm
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[...]
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7:00 pm
Emily Pawley, Associate Professor of History, Dickinson College Register
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7:00 pm
Peter Mabli, Project Director of Online Programs, American Social History Productions, The Graduate Center at the City University of New York Register
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5:00 pm
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[...]
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7:00 pm
John Smolenski, Associate Professor of History, University of California, Davis Register
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7:00 pm
Emily Casey, Assistant Professor of Art History, St. Mary’s College of Maryland Register
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7:00 pm
Danielle Skeehan, Assistant Professor of English and Comparative American Studies, Oberlin College and Conservatory Register
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5:00 pm
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,[...]
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7:00 pm
David Head, Associate Lecturer, Department of History, University of Central Florida Register
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7:00 pm
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[...]
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7:00 pm
Derrick R. Spires, Associate Professor of English, Cornell University Register
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2020 Holiday Closings

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  – Monday, Jan 20, 2020
President’s Day – Monday, Feb 17, 2020
Memorial Day – Monday, May 25, 2020
Independence Day – Friday, July 3, 2020
Labor Day – Monday, September 7, 2020
Thanksgiving-  Thursday & Friday – November 26 & 27, 2020
Holiday Closing –  Thursday, Dec 24, 2020 – Friday, Jan 1, 2021

For more information on these events please call 215-546-3181 or email Dayjah Brock, dbrock@librarycompany.org.