Picturing Women: The Visual Politics of the Woman Suffrage Movement

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(February 28, 2013) This talk by 2012 - 2013 William H. Helfand Visual Culture Fellow Allison Lange discussed how images became powerful political tools for suffragists and their opponents, and the ways in which reformers used pictures to…

Philadelphia on Stone: Lithography Demonstration

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(October 23, 2012) Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmU6TDqYszw Lithography demonstration by Ron Wyffels, Master Printer at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

How to See a Story: Representations for Children in Nineteenth-Century American Visual Culture

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(April 12, 2012)   Visual Culture Program Fellow Catherine Walsh discussed the ways in which children learned to construct visual narratives by thinking about a variety of sources, including textbooks, primers and readers, illustrated…

Poulsons and Peales at the Library by Carol Soltis

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(October 17, 2011)   Audio Download (MP3) - Program Adobe PDF Document - Slides Carol Soltis, Library Company Trustee and Curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Center for American Art, will discuss the work of the artist James…

Audio Tour of "“Building a City of the Dead: The Creation and Expansion of Philadelphia’s Laurel Hill Cemetery” by Curator Aaron Wunsch

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Laurel Hill Cemetery is among the most celebrated – and most densely populated – swaths of Greater Philadelphia. Beneath seventy-eight acres of lawn, trees, and monuments lie some 70,000 bodies – a sprawling and silent subdivision that…

Laurel Hill Cemetery Exhibition in the Daily News

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Guest Curator Aaron Wunsch points out the highlights of our current exhibition “Building a City of the Dead: The Creation and Expansion of Philadelphia’s Laurel Hill Cemetery” in the following video courtesy of Jon Snyder of the Philadelphia…

Juneteenth 2010 Panel Discussion: The President's House Slave Quarters

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(June 21, 2010)   Audio Download (MP3) - Main Program Audio Download (MP3) - Audience Discussion   The Library Company commemorated Juneteenth on June 21, 2010 with a panel discussion on the past eight years of controversy surrounding…

Juneteenth Freedom Forum

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(June 19, 2009)   Audio Download (MP3)  This Juneteenth Freedom Forum event featured three area scholars discussing the African American struggle for freedom in the era of the Civil War and beyond. Dr. Robert Francis Engs, Professor…

LCP 2009 Annual Meeting

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(May 12, 2009)   Audio Download (MP3)

Talk by Leo Damrosch, the Ernest Bernbaum, Professor of Literature at Harvard University, on “Tocqueville’s Discovery of America.”

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(May 11, 2010)   Audio Download (MP3)   Alexis de Tocqueville is more quoted than read; commentators across the political spectrum invoke him as an oracle who defined America and its democracy for all times. But in fact his masterpiece,…