Current Exhibition

Upcoming & Current Events

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

That's So Gay: Outing Early America

Exhibition on View:
February 10, 2014–October 17, 2014

Gallery Open
Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:45 p.m.

The exhibition and its accompanying programming are supported by funds from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Bowman Properties, John Alchin & Hal Maryatt, Lois & Julian Brodsky,Mel Heifetz, Davida T. Deutsch, Robby Browne, the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, and Visit Philadelphia.


Upcoming Exhibition in the Library Company’s
Logan Room:

Philadelphia artist Teresa Jaynes, The Moon Reader

Exhibition on View:
September 4, 2014–October 10, 2014

Gallery Open
Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:45 p.m.

The Visual Culture Program at the Library Company of Philadelphia

The exhibition and its accompanying programming are supported by funds from the Independence Foundation


James Logan and the Networks of Atlantic Culture and Politics, 1699-1751

Thursday, September 18 - Saturday, September 20, 2014

Co-sponsored by the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, and Stenton

James Logan’s vast political, trade and knowledge networks provide a lens for examination of numerous facets of the Atlantic World in the first half of the eighteenth century. This conference is an effort to consider Logan’s milieu in the widest possible way, via an international, interdisciplinary gathering focused on reconsidering not only Logan but also early Pennsylvania culture in an Atlantic World context

For more information and to register visit the conference website.


The Moon Reader Opening Reception

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

5:30 – 7:30 pm

An artist project at The Library Company of Philadelphia, September 4 – October 10, 2014

Created by Philadelphia artist Teresa Jaynes, The Moon Reader is modeled after 19th-century primers in the Michael Zinman Collection of Printing for the Blind at The Library Company of Philadelphia. The multimedia installation invites participants to learn to read Moon, a raised-letter writing system for the blind invented by blind educator William Moon in 1845. The Reader includes two handmade books. One set in Moon Type with embossed illustrations and a translation set in both Braille and large print. An audio recording accompanies the pair. The activity – deciphering, translating and finally comprehending – will be a serene act of discovery. The Moon Reader seeks to challenge participants’ ideas about visual culture, in ways that elicit curiosity, humor, and empathy and to expand their understandings of historical and contemporary connotations of sight. 

Eventbrite - The Moon Reader Opening Reception



Canonizing Homophile Sexual Respectability: Archives, History, and Memory

Thursday, October 2

5:30 - 6:30 pm, Reception at the Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street

6:30 - 8:00 pm, Lecture at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street

The presentation will use the case of Philadelphia LGBT history to consider how and why we remember some historical subjects and forget others and what can happen to the specifically sexual dimensions of the past when historians, librarians, archivists, publishers, and others construct and reconstruct historical narratives.

Marc Stein is a historian of sexuality, a political activist, and an award-winning teacher, writer, editor, and scholar. After more than two decades of teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College, Colby College, and York University, he was appointed the Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Professor of History at San Francisco State University this year. He lived in Philadelphia, where he completed a Ph.D. in History at the University of Pennsylvania, from 1989 to 1996. The author of City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves: Lesbian and Gay Philadelphia, 1945-1972 (University of Chicago Press, 2000), Sexual Injustice: Supreme Court Decisions from Griswold to Roe (University of North Carolina Press, 2010), and Rethinking the Gay and Lesbian Movement (Routledge, 2012), he also served as the editor-in-chief of the three-volume Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America (Scribners, 2003). Stein is the former editor of Gay Community News in Boston, the former chair of the American Historical Association’s Committee on LGBT History, and the current chair of the Organization of American Historians’ Committee on the Status of LGBTQ Historians and Histories.

Eventbrite - Canonizing Homophile Sexual Respectability: Archives, History, and Memory




Economic History's Many Muses

Friday, October 24, and Saturday, October 25

The Program in Early American Economy and Society is fifteen years old, which is a fitting time to reflect on the Program’s achievements and future directions in the field of economic history. Over the years, PEAES has sponsored rich and ever-changing research, publication, and public programs that are at the center of shaping how we understand the economic lives of early modern peoples. Its fellows, conference presenters, and published historians are among the most important scholars who have refined and reworked the ways we understand the multifaceted economies of people in all walks of life, in every corner of the Atlantic world down to the 1850s. Fifteen years ago, PEAES charted a course that welcomed fellowship proposals on a great range of both traditional and experimental themes, and year after year, the Program has showcased fresh perspectives at its conferences, and its journal and book publications feature some of the most innovative studies in economic history, broadly conceived. This conference looks back over those fifteen years to reflect on a few of the central themes preoccupying economic historians during recent decades, how approaches and findings have changed, what achievements have been made, and how we can think about our future research in these vital subfields.

Learn more about this conference and register online



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For more information on these events please call 215-546-3181 or email Alison McMenamin,