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Vive la France! In honor of their victory in the World Cup, here is "The Marseilles Hymn: in French & English," from our collection. It was printed in Philadelphia, and though undated, this version has an estimated date of 1793.
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Malby's Terrestrial Globe, 1867.
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On on July 11, 1804, Alexander Hamilton was mortally wounded by Aaron Burr in a duel. Today we dip into our vault to explore the subject.
Please note that the Athenaeum will be CLOSED on Wednesday, July 4th, as we observe Independence Day. Join us on July 5th as "Professor Cret’s Parkway: One Architect’s Legacy on Philadelphia’s Grandest Thoroughfare" continues, or on Wednesday, July 11, at 12:00 PM for a gallery talk (Free for members, $10 for non-members). For more information and registration, see http://www.philaathenaeum.org/current.html. Photograph by Lawrence S. Williams, from the Athenaeum's collection.
Our current exhibition, "Professor Cret’s Parkway: One Architect’s Legacy on Philadelphia’s Grandest Thoroughfare," continues through August 31, 2018. Make plans to see it this summer! The Athenaeum of Philadelphia celebrates the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s 100th anniversary with an exhibition of the works of master architect, Paul Philippe Cret (1876-1945). Arriving here from his native France in 1903, Cret quickly became the acknowledged leader of Philadelphia’s City Beautiful Movement. This exhibition, features more than 30 original designs by Cret (built and unbuilt). These rare documents, many of which have never been exhibited, beautifully illustrate Cret’s lasting influence on Philadelphia. In conjunction with the Athenaeum exhibition, the Rodin Museum will display a 1927 model of its building and gardens alongside photographs and related material exploring Cret’s design for this Parkway institution. Exhibition Dates: April 30-August 31, 2018 Free Admission For more information on gallery talks: http://www.philaathenaeum.org/current.html
With flooding much in the news lately, it is sobering to note that the Johnstown Flood took place on May 31, 1889. The South Fork Dam upriver gave way around 3:00 PM that day, devastating the communities downstream, including Johnstown. It is still one of the most significant disasters in U.S. history.
Athenaeum Reading Room Indoors and Out Magazine, October 1907
Did you know that the Athenaeum of Philadelphia has podcasts of some of our programs? Follow the link below to listen to “What Does the City Beautiful Mean for the 21st Century City?” by Paul Goldberger, and more. http://www.philaathenaeum.org/podcasts.html
If you haven't already seen it, be sure to catch the latest episode of Philadelphia: The Great Experiment. You will see our very own Bruce Laverty (the Athenaeum's Gladys Brooks Curator of Architecture), as well as Board Member David B. Brownlee. It also features historian (and Athenaeum shareholder) Thomas H. Keels, and writing by Nathaniel Popkin (former Athenaeum Writer in Residence).
The Athenaeum has made this list as one of The 10 Best Libraries in Pennsylvania. We can't disagree.
Happy birthday to William Shakespeare, who is believed to have been born on or around this day in 1564. We've brought a few works out of the vault for the occasion, but we do wonder what he would have thought of our ca. 1893 copy of "The Family Shakspeare [sic], " edited by Thomas Bowdler, "in which nothing is added to the original text, but those words and expressions are omitted which cannot with propriety be read in a family."
Back in the spotlight again! Thank you to 6abc for featuring us on 6ABC Loves the Arts. http://6abc.com/society/6abc-loves-the-arts---american-swedish-historical-museum-and-the-athenaeum-of-philadelphia-/3305577/