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Upcoming Events


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)

17aug5:30 pm7:00 pmIN-PERSON: John Marshall: The Final Founder with Robert Strauss (Book Talk)

19aug7:00 pm8:00 pmFireside Chat: From Mother Divine to the Corner Swami: Religious Cults in Philadelphia (Book Talk)

21aug2:30 am4:00 amThe Black Journey Walking Tour — A Virtual Journey

27aug5:30 pm8:00 pmBeyond the Breaker: Film Screening and Discussion


01sep5:30 pm7:00 pmVIRTUAL: The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family (Book Talk)

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

23sep5:15 pm9:00 pmThe 7th Annual Lecture in Honor of John C. Van Horne Featuring Harold Holzer

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


14oct5:30 am7:00 amFitz-Greene Halleck: The Most Famous Gay Poet You’ve Never Heard Of

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


No Events


09feb5:30 pm7:00 pmFireside Chat: American Freethinker: Elihu Palmer and the Struggle for Religious Freedom in the New Nation (Book Talk)

15feb5:30 pm6:30 pmFireside Chat: The First Reconstruction: Black Politics in America, From the Revolution to the Civil War (Book Talk)


No Events

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, dbrock@librarycompany.org.