Archives Month Live Virtual Tour of Founder's Hall

Archives Month Live Virtual Tour of Founder's Hall

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Join us online for a live virtual tour of Founder's Hall and its museum with Director of Historical Resources, Kathy Haas.

About this event

The live virtual tours will be held over Zoom and each tour will be led by Director of Historical Resources, Kathy Haas. The tours feature a guided walk-through of Founder's Hall at Girard College and its museum collections in real time within our 360-degree virtual tour, along with the opportunity for questions.

Stephen Girard – merchant, banker and landowner – was the wealthiest man in American when he died in 1831. In an unprecedented act of philanthropy, he left his fortune to establish Girard College, originally endowed to educate “poor, white male orphans.” Housed in a magnificent Greek Revival landmark, the Founder’s Hall Museum offers a glimpse into the complex life of America’s first multi-millionaire and illuminates the legacy of a school which has fascinated visitors since the 19th century, became the focus of a key Northern civil rights case in the 20th century, and continues to educate youth today.

In honor of Archives Month, the October tours will highlight many of the unique archival materials in our collection, ranging from hospital records from the 1793 yellow fever epidemic to photographs of the 1960s struggle to desegregate the school to menus of dining hall cuisine.

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