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A Glimpse into Dinah’s World: Revolutionary Black Philadelphia Zoom by Adrienne Whaley
This Zoom was recorded on February 22, 2024. Adrienne Whaley, Director of Education and Community Engagement at the Museum of the American Revolution, constructs Philadelphia through the eyes of Dinah, a formerly enslaved woman who lived and labored at Stenton. Stories about Revolutionary War era in our city abound, but rarely from the point of view of Philadelphia’s Black residents. Whaley discusses the daily lives of free and enslaved populations, luminaries like the Forten family, and the origins of the community and culture found in our city today.
ESPE-SHELL-Y FASCINATNG Conservation in Process: Anne Reckless Emlen’s Shellwork Shadowbox Grotto
Recording of Stenton's Facebook LIVE from August 11, 2023. This is a close-up, spe-SHELL progress report on the Decorative Arts Trust funded cleaning, stabilization, and repair of Anne Reckless Emlen’s 1757 grotto box with Objects Conservator Lara Kaplan and Colonial Dames Chapter II Curatorial Assistant Kaila Temple.
"Historic Dress in America" at Stenton Facebook LIVE
Facebook LIVE program, recorded on March 3, 2023 - Curatorial Assistant Kaila Temple discusses Dame and dress scholar Elisabeth McClellan, author of "Historic Dress in America 1607-1800", and how she used objects from Stenton’s early collection to illustrate her 1904 book. This is a special opportunity to see rarely-displayed objects from Stenton’s textiles collection up close and hear how these objects played a role in McClellan’s creation of one of the earliest publications on early American dress.
'Is She By Gustavus Hesselius?' Zoom Webinar
In this webinar, recorded on 12/16/2022, Tom Price, a University of Delaware Art History PhD candidate, considered and discussed Stenton’s recently arrived Sarah Logan Norris portrait. Nineteenth-century Logan family tradition attributed the portrait to the English painter Sir Godfrey Kneller; however, Tom’s study of the portrait, including comparisons with other portraits at Stenton and elsewhere and archival research in Logan and Norris family papers at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, points toward the Swedish immigrant painter, Gustavus Hesselius, as the creator of Sarah’s likeness. Speaker Bio: Thomas Price is a third-year PhD student at the University of Delaware studying nineteenth-century American art, where he has focused on landscape representation, the environment, extraction, and queer art. He received his BA in Art History from Drew University in 2015 and his MA from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art in 2017. Before starting at UD, he was the Curatorial Assistant for American Art at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, where he co-curated the exhibition This Land: American Engagements with the Natural World. More recently, he was a curatorial intern at the Biggs Museum of Art and a Research Fellow for Stenton during summer 2022.
"Books Are My Disease" Part Two: The Loganian Library at the Library Company of Philadelphia
Support our programs: https://librarycompany.org/development/development-donate-form/ Building upon the November 15 event discussing 18th-century book storage at Stenton, Emily Guthrie andJim Green (with support from Laura Keim) will share highlights and stories from Logan’s collection in its present home at the Library Company. Commonly referred to as the “Loganian Library,” the collection comprised over 2,600 volumes at the time of Logan’s death in 1751. Consisting chiefly of books in Latin and Greek, the collection was among the finest in Colonial America.
"Books Are My Disease" Part One: The Loganian Library at Stenton
Support our programs: https://librarycompany.org/development/development-donate-form/. Join Stenton’s Curator Laura Keim and the Library Company's Librarian Emeritus Jim Green for a virtual tour and conversation exploring the original rooms, closets, and shelf locations that housed the Loganian Library at Stenton, James Logan’s house near Germantown. After the pre-recorded tour, enjoy the live discussion and audience Q&A.
A Modern "Colonial" Home: A Century of Dames on Latimer Street - by Laura Keim
To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the NSCDA/PA Headquarters House, Stenton Curator Laura Keim presented this lecture on October 19, 2022. Architects Ritter and Shay designed the NSCDA/PA Latimer Street Club House in 1921. The form and details of the building include both generic and specific visual allusions to Colonial and Federal-era buildings as expressions of the Society's values. In the following decades, landscape designers, Exley Kite, Marian Coffin, and Fred Peck expanded and ornamented the gardens behind the house. G. Edwin and Frances Brumbaugh incorporated 1634 Latimer into the building to create the library in the 1950s. PLEASE NOTE: In the slideshow, there is a photo of Mrs. J. Bancker Gribbel, where there should be a photo of Mrs. John Gribbel on the buildings committee.
STUNNING STOOLS!!!! LIVE from Kelly Kinzle’s booth at The Philadelphia Show
Stenton Curator Laura Keim went LIVE from Kelly Kinzle’s booth at The Philadelphia Show 2022 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Laura and Kelly examine defining details of the Norris stools from Stenton and how they helped to authenticate this third stool, most certainly once part of a set of four with Stenton’s pair.
Provenance is Paramount: Silver @ Stenton Facebook LIVE
Stenton’s number-one collecting priority is objects with a history of ownership in the Logan family. In 1928, The Colonial Dames officially voted “to refurnish the house as far as possible with Logan things,” which has remained a guiding principle and is part of what gives Stenton its viscerally authentic feeling. In January 2022, Stenton purchased a Philip Syng silver cann that Isaac Norris gave to James Logan. In this Facebook LIVE, recorded on 3/18/22, Stenton Curator Laura Keim considers the silver objects that were and are stored and exhibited in the parlor buffet including the newly acquired Norris-Logan cann and Sarah Logan’s imported English silver purchased for her marriage to Thomas Fisher.
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