Archives Philly Month Returns


PHILADELPHIA – Oct. 1, 2014Archives Month Philly, an October festival of archives- and history-themed events at Delaware Valley archives, special collections libraries, and cultural institutions, returns for a second year.

A lantern slide salon, a presentation on a new database of Pennsylvania’s World War I dead, a talk on the famed Wanamaker Organ, and an evening of “Philly History Quizzo” head this year’s lineup of events, hosted by more than 15 regional institutions including the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Union League, and the Wagner Free Institute of Science.

Inspired by the national American Archives Month effort, Archives Month Philly is an opportunity for archives and archivists to raise public awareness about the value of historical records with a dynamic program of events at many of the Delaware Valley’s most notable repositories.

An exciting month of programming starts tomorrow with a talk on Philadelphia LGBT history co-sponsored by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Library Company of Philadelphia. Then, join us on Oct. 8, when the Wagner Free Institute of Science (1700 W. Montgomery Ave.) hosts the second annual Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon in its Victorian-era lecture hall at 6 p.m.  The salon will use a historic lantern projector to showcase 19th- and 20th-century glass lantern slides from the collections of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, the Barbara Bates Center for the History of Nursing, the Historical Society of Frankford, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Also notable this year, with the centennial of the start of World War I, is a presentation on a Pennsylvania-wide online database of the over 2,500 military personnel from the state who lost their lives in the war.  The database, created by volunteers from the academic and genealogical communities, and the stories it has uncovered will be showcased at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (1300 Locust St.) on Oct. 15 at 6 p.m.  (Registration is required to attend.)

Events continue throughout October with behind-the-scenes tours, ongoing exhibitions, presentations, a sauerkraut-making workshop, and even a historical-hair-themed social evening dubbed “’Staches and Spirits.”  For more information, including a full schedule and event descriptions, visit

Archives Month Philly is organized by the Delaware Valley Archivists Group (DVAG), a local professional association established in 1980.  Since its inception, DVAG has sought to provide a forum for discussion of professional issues, promote professional growth through continuing education, and educate the general public about the administrative, legal, fiscal, historical and cultural value of public and private archives and manuscript collections.

See you around at Archives Month Philly!


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