Upcoming and Current Exhibitions and Events


Upcoming Exhibition in the Library Company’s
Louise Lux-Sions and Harry Sions Gallery:

Fashioning Philadelphia - The Style of the City, 1720-1940

July 20, 2015–March 4, 2016

The exhibition and its accompanying programming are supported by funds from the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation.


Fashioning Carousels: Philadelphia vs. New York Style

Thursday, September 10, 2015

5:30 - 7:00 pm

American carousel-making flourished in the late 19th century and first quarter of the 20th century. The primary centers of manufacturing were Philadelphia and Brooklyn, New York, each with distinct styles. The differences reflect both their markets—primarily coastal resorts for the New York makers, and amusement parks for their Philadelphia rivals—and the heritage of their creators. More great carousels were made in Philadelphia than in New York, and today far more Philadelphia-made carousels survive and thrive. This talk—extensively illustrated with both historic materials and field photographs—looks at the history of these carousels, their makers, and their stylistic similarities and differences.

Barbara Fahs Charles, created the first census of American carousels forty years ago and has been researching their history and urging their preservation ever since. With her husband, Robert Staples, she is a principal at Staples & Charles, a design practice specializing in museums. Both Charles and Staples have long been supporters of LCP, most recently donating some significant 19th century broadsides and posters.


Eventbrite - Fashioning Carousels: Philadelphia vs. New York Style



Unlacing the Victorian Woman

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Free for Library Company Members / $12 for Non- Members

Performance: 6:15 pm
Dessert Reception to Follow

This interactive performance will unveil the mystique of ladies fashion in the Victorian era.  The “Victorian Striptease” is an exclusive opportunity to experience first-hand the trials and tribulations of women’s fashion.  An eye opening performance, provided by historian and performer Barbara Darlin,  will provide a historical perspective on women’s fashion, the female body image, and how fashion impacted daily life at the turn of the 20th century. Unlacing the Victorian Woman is a program of Fashioning Philadelphia, the Library Company’s latest exhibit examining the style of the City of Philadelphia from 1720 – 1940.


Eventbrite - Unlacing the Victorian Woman



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For more information on these events please call 215-546-3181 or email Alison McMenamin, amcmenamin@librarycompany.org.