Conference Program

Thursday, September 18, 2014                          

5:00 p.m. Registration and Exhibition of Manuscripts
            Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street

5:30-6:30 p.m. Welcome and Keynote – Anthony Grafton, Princeton University
            Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street

6:30–7:30 p.m. Reception and Exhibition of Books
            Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street

Friday, September 19, 2014

            All Friday events will take place at the McNeil Center, 3355 Woodland Walk

9:00–9:30 a.m. Registration and Coffee                                                     

9:30–10:15 a.m. Catharine Dann Roeber, Winterthur Museum

"The Budding Polymath: James Logan’s Rise to Pennsylvania Prominence"                                                

10:15–10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Panel I – Ideas (Precirculated Papers)

Chair: James N. Green, Library Company of Philadelphia


Philip Valenti, Independent Scholar, "Of the Duties of Man: James Logan's Challenge to British Philosophy"

John Dixon, College of Staten Island, "Scottish Newtonianism, Philadelphian Politics, and a Theory of the Animal Oeconomy"

Stuart M. McManus, Harvard University, "Globalizing James Logan: Humanist Culture and the Republic of Letters in Colonial Philadelphia and the Philippines"

Comment: Anthony Grafton, Princeton University

12:00–1:30 p.m. Lunch (on own)    

1:30–3:00 p.m. Panel II – Leaves (Precirculated Papers)

Chair: Robert McCracken Peck, Academy of Natural Sciences


Kenneth Finkel, Temple University, "Joseph Breintnall's Leaf Prints"

Joel T. Fry, Bartram's Garden, "Jogging Along With and Without James Logan: Early Plant Science in Philadelphia"

Comment: David Hewitt, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

3:00–3:15 p.m. Break                                                          

3:15–4:45 p.m. Panel III – Labor, Economics, Trade and Politics (Precirculated Papers)                                          

Chair: Wayne Bodle, Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Alyssa Zuercher Reichardt, Yale University, "To Feed the Empire: James Logan, the Walking Purchase, and Visions of British Political Economy"

Michael Goode, Utah Valley University, "James Logan's Empire of Goods: Violence, Colonialism, and Pennsylvania’s Eighteenth-Century Consumer Revolution"

Laura E. Johnson, Historic New England, " 'To Account of Indian Merchandise': The Material World of James Logan's Indian Trade"

Peter Kotowski, Loyola University Chicago, " 'Addicted Themselves to Pleasure and Effeminacy': William Penn, Quaker Ethics, and Unfree Labor in Early Pennsylvania"

Comment: Daniel K. Richter, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania

5:00-6:00 p.m. Reception, McNeil Center

Saturday, September 20, 2014

            All Saturday events will take place at Stenton, 4601 N 18th Street

9:00-9:30 a.m. Coffee

9:30–10:15 a.m. Bernie Herman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“Ambition, Aesthetics, and Affect in the Material World of James and Sarah Logans' Stenton"

10:15-10:30 a.m. Break

10:30–12:00 p.m. Panel IV – Houses                                       

Chair: Robert Blair St. George, University of Pennsylvania


Stephen Hague, Rowan University, "Imperial Houses in the British Atlantic World"

Laura C. Keim, Stenton Museum,  "James Logan and his World of Goods: Atlantic Identity Deconstructed at Stenton"

Nicole Belolan, University of Delaware, "A Bed in the Parlor: James Logan and Navigating Disability in Early America"

Comment: Jennifer Van Horn, George Mason University

12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00–2:30 p.m. Panel V – Landscape                                         

Chair: Aaron Wunsch, University of Pennsylvania Graduate Program in Historic Preservation


Deborah Miller, Stenton Museum
Sarah Chesney, Stenton Museum
Dennis S. Pickeral, Stenton Museum

"'Many Rare and Beautiful Plants': Rediscovering the Landscape of James Logan's Country Seat"

Comment: Elizabeth Milroy, Philadelphia Museum of Art

2:30–2:45 p.m. Break

2:45–3:30 p.m. James N. Green, The Library Company of Philadelphia

“Logan’s Library: Access to and Storage of books and Papers”

3:30-4:15 p.m. Tours of House and Grounds

4:15-4:35 p.m. Closing Remarks

Gary Nash, University of California, Los Angeles

“The Importance of James Logan”

The conference is free and open to the public, but preregistration is required.

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