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Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon

Wagner Free Institute of Science

Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon

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The Wagner Free Institute of Science is proud to announce its first-ever lantern slide salon highlighting the historic lantern slide collections of some of the region’s most significant cultural and educational institutions: The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, Independence Seaport Museum, Morris Arboretum, Swarthmore College Peace Collection, Temple University Special Collections and Research Center, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the Wagner Free Institute of Science.


Predating the motion picture, lantern slides were used for entertainment and to illustrate educational programs and courses. This salon will bring together some unique and rarely-seen images that depict a vast range of subjects: from the local—early engineering feats and turn-of-the century views of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods—to the international—early 20th Century Japanese life, 1930s peace demonstrations in Berlin, the Jewish immigrant experience and more.

The salon will be held in the Wagner’s unchanged Victorian lecture hall using an original lantern slide projector. Join us for a rare treat as we revive an old technology in order to see globally significant lantern slide collections drawn from the libraries and archives of Philadelphia's most distinguished institutions.


This program is part of the Philadelphia Archives Month 
and part of the Global Philadelphia™ Exposition.

Benjamin Franklin Bridge under construction, lantern slide, lantern slide collection of the Wagner Free Institute of science.

Benjamin Franklin Bridge under construction, lantern slide collection of the Wagner Free Institute of science.

 

Advertisement for the "Stereopticon & Magic Lantern," 1876. Wagner Free Institute of Science Library and Archives. 

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Wagner Free Institute of Science
1700 W Montgomery Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19121

Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)


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Wagner Free Institute of Science

Founded in 1855, the Wagner Free Institute of Science is dedicated to providing free public education in science.  Its programs include free courses and lectures, field trips and lessons for children and museum tours for all ages. The evening science courses are in their 159th year, making them the oldest program devoted to free adult education in the United States. 

The Institute’s Museum houses more than 100,000 natural history specimens, a collection begun by founder William Wagner in the early nineteenth century and expanded by the pre-eminent scientist Joseph Leidy in the 1880s. Completed in 1865, the Institute’s National Historic Landmark building is essentially unchanged since the late-nineteenth century and includes a Victorian Exhibition Hall filled with fossils, shells, minerals and mounted animal skeletons and skins displayed in original wood and glass cabinets. The Museum is open to visitors Tuesdays - Fridays, 9 AM to 4 PM, year-round. Evening and weekend programs are offered during the fall, winter and spring.
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