Archives Month Philly 2017


PHILADELPHIA – Archives Month Philly, a month-long festival of archives- and history-themed events at Philadelphia-area cultural institutions, returns for a fifth year this October.

Bookending the month, archivists take over Nerd Nite on Oct. 4 and the Free Library (with animals!) on Oct. 25.  Throughout October, a variety of behind-the-scenes tours, open houses, workshops, exhibits, and social events, more than 20 in all, showcase the region’s keepers of permanent records and historical treasures.

Featured events:

The Wagner Free Institute of Science hosts the 2017 Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon, projecting historic slides from eight area institutions in the Wagner’s Victorian-era lecture hall, on Oct. 12 at 6 p.m., 1700 W. Montgomery Ave.

The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central Branch welcome “Animals in the Archives” on Oct. 25, an evening-long “archives fair” of hands-on activities, a scavenger hunt, a themed cooking demonstration in the Culinary Literacy Center, and even a pet adoption event from PAWS.  The fun lasts from 6 to 8 p.m., 1901 Vine St.

Happy hours get historical again with two returning events, a special archives edition of Nerd Nite Philly at Frankford Hall on Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m., 1210 Frankford Ave. ($5 cover); and “Philly History Quizzo” at National Mechanics Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., 22 S. 3rd St., co-hosted this year by the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent.

Other events of note:

Ryan Berley, co-owner of Franklin Fountain and Shane’s Confectionery, will present on the “gingerbread man” of the American Revolution, baker Christopher Ludwick, at the German Society of Pennsylvania, Oct. 18 at 5 p.m., 611 Spring Garden St. ($5).

Archivists team up with Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Monument Lab project for the second Monument Lab Live evening of speakers and presenters at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m., 118-128 N. Broad St.

Catholic scholar and author Dr. Kathleen Cummings will speak about Philadelphia’s saints, Mother Katherine Drexel and Bishop John Neumann, at the Redemptorist Archives of the Baltimore Province, Oct. 24 at 6:30 pm., 1039 N. Lawrence St.

Help solve handwriting mysteries and participate in speed-reading competitions at an all-day “transcribathon” at Swarthmore College’s McCabe Library, Oct. 25, 1 to 7 p.m., 500 College Ave., Swarthmore.

The Hagley Library will host a screening of rarely-seen commercials and films at its free open house on Oct. 28, 10 to 12:30 p.m., 298 Buck Rd., Wilmington.


About Archives Month Philly:

“Archives Month Philly is a chance to learn more about the rich history of Philadelphia, to toast the important work archives are doing, and to have a good time with interesting people,” according to the event's website.  Launched in 2013, Archives Month Philly is a local instance of American Archives Month, an awareness campaign of the Society of American Archivists. Since 2013, over 60 institutions have hosted or contributed to more than 100 AMP events, which collectively draw nearly 1,000 attendees annually.

More information on Archives Month Philly and a full calendar of events, visit and follow on Facebook and Twitter (@ArchMonthPhilly).