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Parkway Central Library

1901 Vine Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Exploring local archives with pop-up exhibitions, interactive games, free prizes, lectures, and programs for the entire family.

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Join us for a fun-filled, educational evening on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 6-8 pm for Design in the Archives at Parkway Central. Come and check out the newly designed space at the Free Library and experience over 20 unique pop-up exhibitions from local archives and collections. Visitors will learn about the 1833 architectural competition that determined Girard College’s design, the history of LGBTQ pride flags in the United States and Philadelphia, the founding of the Universal Design movement, and the design and construction of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Among the many activities offered, visitors will be able to make their own woman’s suffrage pin, color 19th century advertisements, design bookplates with stencils, and work with printmakers from Lead Graffiti to design a Werkman-style letterpress print.

Major Highlights Include:

• A Cooking Workshop in the new Culinary Literacy Center. [RSVP Required]

• Live space music designed by Philly’s own Chuck Van Zyl

5 Turbo Talks: quick 5 minute talks on the impact of design on community programming

• Free prizes to be earned by the Free Library’s Discover Design treasure hunt

Tickets are free but recommended. Contact Joe Shemtov @ for additional information.

This free event celebrates American Archives Month, and is coordinated with Free Library of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley Archivists Group.

Participating Institutions Include:

Architectural Archives-University of Pennsylvania – “Mapping to Design Urban Environments

Bryn Athyn Historic District Archives at Glencairn Museum – “20th Century Medievalism”Catholic Historical Research Center – “Art in Architecture”

Chester County Archives – “Designing Chester County”

City of Philadelphia Archives – “Designing the First World’s Fair in the United States: Selections from the Philadelphia City Archives Centennial Collection”

Drexel University Archives – “Design at Drexel”

Founder’s Hall, Girard College – “Monumental Design: Creating Girard College”

Hagley Library – “Designing for Disability”

Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia – “Ex Libris: Curious and Remarkable Bookplates”

John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archives at William Way LGBT Community Center – “Pride By Design: LGBTQ Symbols and Their Meanings”

PACSCL (Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries) – “Designing for Suffrage”

Paul Robeson Library, Rutgers University, Camden – “Building Bridges: Designing the Ben Franklin Bridge”

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Archives – “Centennial to Millennial: Design from 1876 to Today”

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania – “The Art of a Sale: Graphic Design in Advertising”

The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia – “Designing a Transformative Visitor Experience: Herman Melville at 200”

The Stoogeum – “Adver-Stooging”

University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press – “Design in the Archives: a Werkman

Catholic Historical Research Center – “Art in Architecture”

University of Pennsylvania, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts – “The Cat’s Whisker—Atha Tehon and the Design of Children’s Books”

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