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The Athenaeum Literary Award

April 24, 2018, 5:30 PM

Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Never Caught: the Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge

A startling and eye-opening look into America’s First Family, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge is the powerful narrative of George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave, who risked all to escape the nation’s capital and reach freedom. Though Ona Judge lived a life of relative comfort, the few pleasantries she was afforded were nothing compared to freedom, a glimpse of which she encountered first-hand in Philadelphia. So, when the opportunity presented itself one spring day in Philadelphia, Judge left everything she knew to escape to New England. Yet freedom would not come without its costs.

Erica Armstrong Dunbar holds the Charles and Mary Beard Chair in History at Rutgers University.  She is a scholar of late eighteenth and early nineteenth century American history, with special interest in African-American and women's history. Professor Dunbar also serves as Director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia.

Carol Eaton Soltis, The Art of the Peales in the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Adaptations and Innovations

Active from the late 18th through the early 20th century, the Peale family was America’s first artistic dynasty. This pathbreaking study of the art of the Peales documents and interprets more than 160 works in a variety of media from the renowned collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The volume, which includes discussions of both internationally famous masterworks such as Charles Willson Peale’s Staircase Group and lesser-known but equally engaging pictures including Rubens Peale’s Magpie Eating Cake, traces the family’s history and reveals how the Peales’ energy, innovation, and entrepreneurship paved the way for generations of American artists. The Art of the Peales is an essential and wide-ranging study that considers the family’s substantial output and contextualizes their historical legacy.

Carol Eaton Soltis, Project Associate Curator in the Department of American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, presented the first scholarly study of the life and work of a member of the Peale family with her 1985 exhibition and catalogue, Rembrandt Peale, A Life in the Arts, held at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in 1985.

In 1992, she co-curated the National Gallery’s exhibition “In Pursuit of Fame.” She has authored numerous publications on Rembrandt Peale and established a catalogue raisonnée of his work. Prior to The Art of the Peales she co-curated and co-authored the exhibition and catalogue on the Philadelphia artist, Thomas Sully, titled Thomas Sully, Painted Performance, published by Yale for the Milwaukee Art Museum.

This event has received generous support from The Charles Wharton Stork Lecture Fund.

Reception and book signing to follow.

Free.  RSVP: Call 215-925-2688 or email

Jane Irish Exhibition Tour at Lemon HIll

April 26, 2018

In addition to her lecture at the Athenaeum on March 28, Jane Irish will also lead a tour of her latest exhibition, which will be installed at Lemon Hill, one of the historic houses in Fairmount Park.

The tour will take place on
Thursday, April 26, at 10:00am.

A bus will leave the Athenaeum at 9:30am for the brief trip to Lemon Hill. The cost of the bus trip and tour will be $50.00.

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Jane Irish Exhibition Tour at Lemon Hill

Society Hill-Hot and Healthy!

“365 Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep”

April 27, 2018, 2:30 PM

Ronald L. Kotler, M.D., D.A.B.S.M., Clinical Professor of Medicine and
Director, Pennsylvania Hospital Sleep Disorders Center

Free.  RSVP: Call 215-925-2688 or email


Paul Cret and Modern Classicism Symposium

May 11-12, 2018

This symposium has received support from The Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Roger W. Moss Symposium Fund at The Athenaeum of Philadelphia.

May 11-12, 2018

For a complete description of the symposium, including the list of speakers, please view the brochure.

Symposium Brochure

Please note that this event takes place Friday at the Athenaeum and Saturday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Qty Description Price
General Registration

Piffaro, the Renaissance Band

May 14, 2018, 5:30 PM

For over thirty-five years, Piffaro has delighted audiences with highly polished recreations of the rustic music of the peasantry and the elegant sounds of the official wind bands of the late Medieval and Renaissance periods. Its ever-expanding instrumentarium includes shawms, dulcians, sackbuts, recorders, krumhorns, bagpipes, lutes, guitars, harps, and a variety of percussion — all careful reconstructions of instruments from the period.

Piffaro received the Laurette Goldberg “Lifetime Achievement Award in Early Music Outreach” in 2011. In June 2015, the American Recorder Society honored Piffaro with its Distinguished Achievement Award. Piffaro’s newest recording, Bach Before Bach, was released on the PARMA/Navona Records label in July 2017.

to follow.

Seating is limited for this event.

This event has received generous support from The Edith Ogden Harrison Lecture Fund.

This is an event for Athenaeum Shareholders only.  RSVP: Call 215-925-2688 or email

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