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Banner Image: Floor of Members' Reading Room during re-finishing work. Photo by Johnathan Ericson.

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Banner Image: Floor of Members' Reading Room during re-finishing work. Photo by Johnathan Ericson.


Fall Events Brochure
The Fall Events brochure was mailed several weeks ago, but some have reported that they have not yet received it.  If you did not receive the brochure please contact or call 215-925-2688.  You may also download a pdf:

Fall 2015 Events

Labor Day
The Athenaeum will be closed on Saturday, September 5 and Monday, September 7.

Papal Visit
The Athenaeum will be closed on Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26.

Upcoming Events


City Abandoned Exhibition Opening
Friday, September 11, 5:00-7:00PM More Information.

Grandparent’s Day Workshop
Saturday, September 12, 1:00-3:00 PM.  Exploring Books-Telling Your Story with Mary Elizabeth Nelson. Free for grandparents (or parents) accompanied by a child, but reservations are required and space is limited.  RSVP to or 215-925-2688.   More Information.

Laurel Hill Cemetery Tour
Sunday, September 13, 2:00-4:00 PM  “Lovers of Learning: The Athenaeum and Laurel Hill Cemetery" A Tour of Laurel Hill Cemetery with an emphasis on Athenaeum members, led by Athenaeum member and Laurel Hill volunteer Kerry Bryan. Attendees are advised to wear comfortable shoes, and should carry water with them.  $12. More Information and registration.

Genealogy Workshop
Wednesday, September 16, 2:00-4:00 PM. More Information. RSVP to or 215-925-2688.  Athenaeum Members Only.

Writers' Group
Wednesday, September 16, 6:00-8:00 PM.  This is an opportunity for writers of fiction (short stories, novels, novellas) and creative non-fiction (memoirs, personal essays).  Please contact Concha Alborg for further information and to RSVP

Lecture: Vincent D. Feldman, City Abandoned: Charting the Loss of Civic Institutions in Philadelphia.
Saturday, September 19, 1:30PM.  Free for Athenaeum Members, RSVP to or 215-925-2688. All others $10. More information and online payment.

Lecture: John L. Puckett and Mark Frazier Lloyd, Becoming Penn: The Pragmatic American University, 1950-2000.
Wednesday, September 30, 5:30PM.  Free for Athenaeum Members, RSVP to or 215-925-2688. All others $10. More information and online payment.

Exhibition Opening: City Abandoned: Selected Photographs by Vincent D. Feldman

Based on his book City Abandoned, Philadelphia photographer and Pew Fellow Vincent D. Feldman, has selected 28 large-format black and white prints to illustrate the stories of local buildings erected in one age, then neglected in another. Also included in the exhibition will be several Feldman installations that address the on-going urban themes of monotony, migration, violence, and disaster. 

Exhibition Dates: September 11- October 31, 2015.

See above for upcoming related programming, or click here.

Industrial Philadelphia Art Competition Registration

Industrial Philadelphia: Past & Present is a celebration of the significant role the Philadelphia region has played, and continues to play, in our country’s industrial life.
All submitted works must depict some aspect of industry, past or present, in the six-county region (Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester,
Delaware, and Camden). 

Registration Opens: September 1, 2015, 12:00AM

Exhibition Dates: December 6, 2015-January 2, 2016

Please read the prospectus for more information on the competition.  

Click here to register

2015 Charles E. Peterson Prize Competition

A student competition of measured drawings, the Charles E. Peterson Prize is presented jointly by the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) of the National Park Service, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, and the American Institute of Architects. The annual competition, currently in its 33rd year, honors Charles E. Peterson, FAIA (1906-2004), a founder of the HABS program, and is intended to heighten awareness about historic buildings in the United States and to augment the HABS collection of measured drawings at the Library of Congress. 

First prize this year went to the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, School of Architecture for their drawings of Casa Wiechers-Villaronga in Ponce, Puerto Rico.  Jurors for the 2015 Charles E. Peterson Prize Competition were Hyman Myers, FAIA, President of Preservation Consultants, LLC, representing the Athenaeum of Philadelphia; Sue Ann Pemberton, FAIA, Director of the Center for Architectural Engagement at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Principal at Mainstreet Architects Inc., and Chair of the AIA-HABS Coordinating Committee, representing the American Institute of Architects; and Mark Schara, AIA, HABS Architect, representing the National Park Service.

The 2015 winners can be seen here

Above: Hyman Myers, Sue Ann Pemberton and Mark Schara.

RDIC featured on Technically Philly Website

In June, the website Technically Philly featured an article on the Athenaeum's Regional Digital Imaging Center:  

This private library in Philly scans some of the world’s most prized documents: We go inside the Athenaeum of Philadelphia's high-tech imaging center

The article looks back at some of the important work performed by the RDIC over the past twelve years, from its origins in the Philadelphia Architects & Buildings Project, up to work done for the upcoming World Meeting of Families.

Above: Painting by artist and RDIC customer Michele Foster Lucas.


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