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



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 inspired by 19th-century primers for the blind in the Michael Zinman Collection of Printing for the Blind at The Library Company of Philadelphia. The multimedia installation, comprised of a set of books (in Braille and Moon) and an audio file, invites participants to learn to read Moon, a “lost” embossed writing system for the blind resembling hieroglyphics invented by blind educator William Moon in 1847. It will serve as a literal and figurative meeting place where the tactile experience is primary and accessible to almost everyone. The activity – deciphering, translating and finally reading – 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. 

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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.

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