In 2018, the Library Company of Philadelphia launched its Seminar Series to offer community members a unique opportunity to explore rich historical records from our collections. More than an exhibition of treasures, each seminar provides participants hands-on access to primary materials such as historical documents, books, and prints, together with conversation guided by experts in an intensive experience that promotes discovery, discussion, and learning.

Seminars unfold over four two-hour sessions. Each session features an intimate and interactive presentation of historical materials in our reading room, followed by a casual dinner in the historic Logan Room. Space is limited to 20 participants on a first-come, first serve basis.

Tuition is $750 for LCP shareholders and $1,000 for the general public.

To register for the seminar, please contact Colleen Gill, Development and Membership Associate, at or 215-546-3181, ext. 136. For more information about the seminar series, contact Will Fenton, Director of Scholarly Innovation, at or 215-546-3181, ext. 119

Detail from The Pennsylvania Gazette (Philadelphia: B. Franklin, May 9, 1754).

Detail from The Pennsylvania Gazette (Philadelphia: B. Franklin, May 9, 1754).

From the LCP Blog…

About the Director of Scholarly Innovation

Fall 2018 Seminar 

“Graphic Material: Early American Political Cartoons and Propaganda”

Convenes October 23, November 8, November 20, and December 4

This fall, the Library Company is pleased to offer the seminar “Graphic Material: Early American Political Cartoons and Propaganda” (October-December). Led by Dr. Will Fenton, “Graphic Material” will excavate the broadsides, engravings, political cartoons, caricatures, and propaganda that transformed early American politics. Canvasing the African Americana, John A. McAllister, and Political Cartoon Collections, Fenton will offer participants hands-on access to the Library Company’s vaunted visual culture materials. “Graphic Material” promises to be a welcome companion to election-year politicking—a glimpse at a political culture that makes today’s exchanges appear positively demure by contrast.

Special Guests:

Several special guests from the Philadelphia cartoonist community will join us at the upcoming seminar! Pulitzer Prize Winner Signe Wilkinson, Dwayne Booth (a.k.a Mr. Fish) and Philadelphia artist and educator Jamar Nicholas will help participants to understand the profession as it exists today and to place historical records in conversation with contemporary cartoons.