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Upcoming Events


31may6:00 pm7:30 pmPhiladelphia at the Table Seminar Session 2 -Trade Cards: The Eye Eats FirstSeminar


07jun5:30 pm9:00 pmThe 8th Annual Lecture in Honor of John C. Van Horne, with Humanities Scholar Clay S. JenkinsonHybrid Event

14jun6:00 pm7:30 pmPhiladelphia at the Table Seminar Session 3 -Food as National Anthem: The US Centennial and Culinary InnovationSeminar

15jun6:00 pm7:30 pmVirtual EventLibraries & Liberty Seminar : The Books Behind the Declaration - All Men are Created EqualSeminar

16jun5:30 pm6:30 pmVirtual EventFIRESIDE CHAT: Disaffected: The Cultural Politics of Unfeeling in Nineteenth-Century AmericaFree

17jun6:00 pm7:30 pmVirtual/ Physical EventJuneteenth: Erecting New MonumentsFree

28jun7:00 pm8:00 pmVirtual EventHistorical Happy Hour: Red, White and Booze with the First Ladies of PhiladelphiaMember Event


06jul6:00 pm7:30 pmLibraries & Liberty Seminar : The Books Behind the Declaration - Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of HappinessSeminar

12jul7:00 pm8:00 pmVirtual/ Physical Event"I Have Sometimes Imagined a Library": Browsing the Shelves with Henry Thoreau, Featuring Christine NelsonMember Event

21jul7:00 pm8:00 pmVirtual EventFIRESIDE CHAT: The Guide to Indigenous Land ProjectFree


09aug7:00 pm8:00 pmVirtual EventHistorical Happy Hour: Hard Tea and ArtistryMember Event

16aug7:00 pm8:00 pmVirtual/ Physical EventDirector's Hour with Michael Barsanti: Benjamin Franklin and the Making of Modern MoneyMember Event

18aug7:00 pm8:00 pmVirtual EventFIRESIDE CHAT: Time of Anarchy: Indigenous Power and the Crisis of Colonialism in Early America (Book Talk)Free

20aug1:00 pm4:00 pmHearing Voices Presents: Art Therapy in History and PracticeFree


08sep5:30 pm6:30 pmVirtual/ Physical EventThe Caregivers: A Photography Project Addressing Emotional and Physical Labor During a PandemicFree

15sep7:00 pm8:00 pmVirtual EventFIRESIDE CHAT: "Left in Distress" : Women on Their Own in Revolutionary PennsylvaniaFree

20sep7:00 pm8:00 pmVirtual EventFunctional Design: Library Furniture in the Collection, Presented by Linda Kimiko AugustMember Event


20oct7:00 pm8:00 pmVirtual EventFIRESIDE CHAT: Laboring Lives: Households, Dependence, and Power in Colonial New EnglandFree

2022 Holiday Closings

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  – Jan 17, 2022
President’s Day – Feb 21, 2022
Memorial Day – May 30, 2022
Juneteenth – June 20, 2022
Independence Day – July 4, 2022
Labor Day – September 5, 2022
Thanksgiving-  November 24 & 25, 2022
Christmas Day (observed) – December 23, 2022
Winter Break –  December 26, 2022 – January 2, 2023

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