NEH Chalenge

Exhibitions and Events


April 4 - October 21, 2016

Exhibition Hours: M-F, 9:00 am to 4:45 pm

Major support for Common Touch: The Art of the Senses has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.



The Slave's Cause

Thursday, April 28, 2016


Reception: 5:30-6:00 pm
Lecture: 6:00 pm
Book signing: 7:00 pm

Suggested Donation $20

All donations will support the National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant for the Program in African American History

Join us for a special lecture, reception and book signing by Dr. Manisha Sinha, author of a celebrated new book on the abolitionist movement, The Slave's Cause. Hailed as a "blockbuster" in the New York Times, The Slave's Cause offers a sweeping re-examination of the abolitionist struggle from colonial times through the Reconstruction era. Focusing on the long interracial struggle for justice, Sinha shows that the abolitionist movement remains perhaps the most important social movement in American and global history.

Eventbrite - The Slaves Cause



3rd Annual Library Company Lecture in Honor of John Van Horne

Thursday, May 5, 2016

5:30 pm, Members-Only Reception in Honor of the Library Company's Distingushed Past Presidents

7:00 p.m, Lecture

American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall 427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106


Dr. Charlotte Jacobs
Emerita Professor of Medicine at Stanford University

Co-sponsored by the American Philosophical Society and the Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine


Eventbrite - Van Horne


Annual Meeting and Lecture by Teresa Jaynes

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

5:00 pm, Annual Business Meeting for Library Company Members

6:00 pm: Common Touch Exhibition Viewing & Reception

6:30 pm: Artist’s Discussion: Talking to the Fingers in the Language of the Eyes


Join Teresa Jaynes, artist-in-residence at the Library Company, as we explore the artistic process of Common Touch. Enjoy an overview of the Library Company’s Michael Zinman Collection of Printing for the Blind and learn how it inspired Jaynes to embark on a multi-year journey of research, exploration, and creation. Jaynes will share her perspective on this unique art installation where the world of 19th-century historical collections intersects with a new world of tactile expression.

Eventbrite - Teresa Jaynes


Many Blind Rivers: Stories of Consciousness

An Evening with Stephen Kuusisto

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Common Touch Exhibition Viewing & Reception

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Lecture & Discussion Led by Stephen Kuusisto


Blindness trails a long history in imagination. Award-winning writer Stephen Kuusisto, author of the New York Times “Notable Book” Planet of the Blind (1998) discusses blind history and its place in art. Stephen Kuusisto teaches in the Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies at Syracuse University. He is the author of numerous works, including Only Bread, Only Light: Poems (2000) and Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening (2006).

Eventbrite - Stephen Kuusisto


The Library Company will observe the following holidays in 2016/2017:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Monday, January 18
George Washington's Birthday - Monday, February 15
Good Friday: March 25
Memorial Day - Monday, May 30
Independence Day - Monday, July 4
Labor Day - Monday, September 5
Columbus Day - Monday, October 10
Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 24 & Friday, November 25
Holiday Closure: Monday, December 26, 2016 to January 1, 2017 (normal hours resume Monday, January 2, 2017)




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