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Upcoming Events


24jun7:00 pm8:00 pmFireside Chat: Merchants of Medicines: The Commerce and Coercion of Health in Britain's Long Eighteenth Century (Book Talk)


07jul7:00 pm9:00 pmBeyond the Breaker: Film Screening and Discussion

08jul7:00 pm8:00 pmFireside Chat: The Journal of James A. Brush: The Expedition and Military Operations of General Don Francisco Xavier Mina in Mexico, 1816–1817 (Book Talk)

15jul7:00 pm8:00 pmFireside Chat: Beyond the Boundaries of Childhood: African American Children in the Antebellum North (Book Talk)

20jul7:00 pm8:00 pmPetticoats, Patriots & Punch

22jul7:00 pm8:00 pmFireside Chat: Biddle, Jackson, and a Nation in Turmoil (Book Talk)

27jul5:30 pm6:30 pmWeather or Not: How Early Americans Recorded Their Climate in Almanacs

29jul7:00 pm8:00 pmFireside Chat: Liberty Displaying the Arts and Sciences: Abolition and Empire in the Post-Revolution Atlantic World


10aug5:30 pm6:30 pmDirector’s Hour with Dr. Michael Barsanti: The Gift of a Legacy, James and Phoebe Rush

12aug7:00 pm8:00 pmFireside Chat: Covered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America (Book Talk)


09sep7:00 pm8:00 pmFireside Chat: Bank Notes and Shinplasters: The Rage for Paper Money in the Early Republic (Book Talk)

16sep7:00 pm8:00 pmFireside Chat: American Freethinker: Elihu Palmer and the Struggle for Religious Freedom in the New Nation (Book Talk)

23sep7:00 pm8:00 pmFireside Chat: The First Reconstruction: Black Politics in America, From the Revolution to the Civil War (Book Talk)

30sep7:00 pm8:00 pmFireside Chat: To Her Credit: Women, Finance, and the Law in Eighteenth-Century New England Cities (Book Talk)


28oct7:00 pm8:00 pmFireside Chat: Selling Antislavery: Abolition and Mass Media in Antebellum America (Book Talk)


04nov7:00 pm8:00 pmFireside Chat: The Lost Tradition of Economic Equality in America, 1600-1870 (Book Talk)

11nov7:00 pm8:00 pmFireside Chat: Harnessing Harmony: Music, Power, and Politics in the United States, 1788-1865 (Book Talk)


02dec7:00 pm8:00 pmFireside Chat: Navigating Neutrality: Early American Governance in the Turbulent Atlantic (Book Talk)

09dec7:00 pm8:00 pmFireside Chat: Historians’ Methods and Philadelphia’s Nativist Riots

16dec7:00 pm8:00 pmFireside Chat: The Origins of an Archive: Enslavers and the Geopolitics of Knowledge Production in an Age of Abolition


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2021 Holiday Closings

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  – Monday, Jan 18, 2021
President’s Day – Monday, Feb 15, 2021
Memorial Day – Monday, May 31, 2021
Independence Day – Monday, July 5, 2021
Labor Day – Monday, September 6, 2021
Thanksgiving-  Thursday & Friday – November 25 & 26, 2021
Christmas Day (observed) – Friday, December 24
Winter Break –  December 27, 2021 – January 3, 2022

For more information on these events please call 215-546-3181 or email Dayjah Brock,