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The Secret Cinema presents: Philadelphia - The Changing City

Mon, March 25, 2019 6:00 P.M.
Art Department at Parkway Central Library

The Free Library of Philadelphia is thrilled to partner with Philadelphia's beloved film screening series, The Secret Cinema , now in its 27th year.  As usual, The Secret Cinema will present selections from their collection shown on 16mm film onto a big screen. This…

Adult Young Adult Senior Film Screening Speakers and Lectures Other Great Programs Philadelphia Philadelphia History Rare Books, Manuscripts, & Digital Collections Special Collections History Changing City

A Free Tour of Philadelphia: The Changing City Exhibition

Thu, March 28, 2019 3:00 P.M.
Rare Book Department at Parkway Central Library

Come and learn about our city’s exciting, dynamic, and often forgotten history with a guided tour of Philadelphia: The Changing City exhibition. The tour will be led by an exhibition curator in the Dietrich Gallery in the Rare Book Department , which is located on the third floor of the…

Adult Young Adult School Age Other Great Programs African American Art Digital Collections Education Family Free Library of Philadelphia Programs & Services Health & Fitness Philadelphia History Rare Books, Manuscripts, & Digital Collections Special Collections Teens History printmaking architecture Changing City

Art of the Pictorial Map

Thu, March 28, 2019 6:00 P.M.
Art Department at Parkway Central Library

Join Free Library of Philadelphia's  Map Collection  curator Megan MacCall for an exploration of the colorful art of pictorial maps! A popular trend during the 20th century, pictorial maps are creative and colorful, often imbibed with humor and historical narrative. The…

Adult Young Adult Senior Speakers and Lectures Arts and Crafts Programs Art Special Collections History Maps Hands-On History

#5WomenArtists: Women in Children's Literature

Now through Sun, March 31, 2019 1:28 P.M.
Children's Literature Research Collection at Parkway Central Library

This March, the Free Library’s Special Collections Division is celebrating Women’s History Month by answering a challenge asked by the National Museum of Women in the Arts : “ Can you name five women artists? ” We can! Can you? Let us help you by presenting examples of…

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#5WomenArtists: Women in the Print and Picture Collection

Now through Sun, March 31, 2019 5:00 P.M.
Print and Picture Collection at Parkway Central Library

This March, the Free Library’s Special Collections Division is celebrating Women’s History Month by answering a challenge asked by the  National Museum of Women in the Arts : “Can you name five women artists?” We can! Can you? Let us help you by presenting examples…

Adult Young Adult School Age Senior Exhibitions Art Photography Special Collections Maps Women's History Month Print and Picture Collection

#5WomenArtists: Women in Cartography

Now through Sun, March 31, 2019 5:00 P.M.
Map Collection at Parkway Central Library

This March, the Free Library’s Special Collections Division is celebrating Women’s History Month by answering a challenge asked by the  National Museum of Women in the Arts : “Can you name five women artists?” We can! Can you? Let us help you by presenting examples…

Adult Young Adult School Age Senior Exhibitions Special Collections Maps Women's History Month

"Where's the Creek?" Bus Tour: Uncovering the History of Mill Creek in West Philadelphia

Sat, April 6, 2019 10:30 A.M.
Wynnefield Library

Mill Creek can be found on 19th century maps of Philadelphia, draining more than 4,000 acres of West Philadelphia with its main stem and several tributaries. While some of the place names associated with this stream still exist -- including the Overbrook and Mill Creek neighborhoods -- the…

Adult Speakers and Lectures Other Great Programs Philadelphia History Special Collections History Maps Print and Picture Collection Changing City

A Free Tour of Philadelphia: The Changing City Exhibition

Thu, April 11, 2019 3:00 P.M.
Rare Book Department at Parkway Central Library

Come and learn about our city’s exciting, dynamic, and often forgotten history with a guided tour of Philadelphia: The Changing City exhibition. The tour will be led by an exhibition curator in the Dietrich Gallery in the Rare Book Department , which is located on the third floor of the…

Adult Young Adult School Age Other Great Programs African American Art Digital Collections Education Family Free Library of Philadelphia Programs & Services Health & Fitness Philadelphia History Rare Books, Manuscripts, & Digital Collections Special Collections Teens History printmaking architecture Changing City

Hands-on History at The Free Library, Parkway Central

Sat, April 13, 2019 2:00 P.M.
Rare Book Department at Parkway Central Library

Take history in the palm of your hand: turn pages, hold manuscripts, and handle artifacts with the Hands-on History series from the Free Library's Special Collections. Curiosity seekers age 13 and up are welcome! Registration is free, but required.  In this month's Hands-on History…

Adult Young Adult Senior Family Programs Speakers and Lectures Workshops and Enrichment Philadelphia Special Collections children's literature Hands-On History

Philadelphia: The Changing City

Now through Sat, April 13, 2019 5:00 P.M.
Rare Book Department at Parkway Central Library

October 10, 2018 – April 13, 2019 From river to skyline and stoop to stoop, Philadelphia has been re-formed and re-shaped throughout its history. Its transformation from bustling port to workshop of the world to World Heritage City and hub for education, medicine, and entrepreneurship has…

Adult Young Adult School Age Senior Exhibitions Other Great Programs Citizenship Philadelphia Philadelphia History Photography Special Collections Maps Print and Picture Collection Changing City

Hands-on History at The Free Library, Parkway Central

Sat, May 11, 2019 2:00 P.M.
Rare Book Department at Parkway Central Library

In coordination with Tempesta di Mare GREAT BOOKS Classic Tales for Orchestra , Hands-on History explores literary masterpieces in Western literature that have inspired outstanding musical compositions. A selection of books and musical compositions will be shared, and on…

Adult Young Adult Senior Family Programs Speakers and Lectures Workshops and Enrichment Literature Music Philadelphia Special Collections children's literature Hands-On History

Hands-on History at The Free Library, Parkway Central

Sat, June 8, 2019 2:00 P.M.
Rare Book Department at Parkway Central Library

Famous Queer Authors On Saturday, June 8th,  the Rare Book Department proudly honors Philly Pride Month with a Hands-on History program, which will focus on works of famous gay authors from its collections. Participants will interact with an assortment of printed and and rare handwritten…

Adult Young Adult Senior Family Programs Speakers and Lectures Other Great Programs Philadelphia Special Collections Maps Print and Picture Collection Changing City Hands-On History
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