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Philly Author Series: Matthew Christopher - "Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream"

Theresa Hummel-Krallinger

Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

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Join us at the Pyramid Club on March 9th where Matthew Christopher, author of the book, "Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream" will join us for a fabulous conversation!  


About the book:

If the creation of a structure represents the values and ideals of a time, so too does its subsequent abandonment and eventual destruction. In Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream, internationally acclaimed photographer Matthew Christopher continues his tour of the quiet catastrophes dotting American cities, examining the losses and failures that led these ruins to become forsaken by communities that once embraced them. From the heartbreaking story of a state school that would become home to one of the country's worst cases of fatal neglect and abuse to the shattered remains of what was once the largest mall in the United States, "Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream" asks what leads us to leave places behind and what are the consequences of doing so.

Explore the magnificent remnants of two theaters fighting for survival, the largest privately owned zoo in the United States, a beachfront community left for dead when the bridge to it burned, a massive crumbling asylum with a dark past, a derelict ocean liner that was the fastest passenger ship ever built, a ghost town built around a gold mine that caused unimaginable bloodshed, an eerie relic of the days of the megamalls, a steel foundry destroyed by escalating rivalries between management and labor, a haunting Maryland institution that gained a terrible reputation for killing its residents, a city struggling to cope with 13,000 blighted properties left behind when the industries disappeared, and more. 

Prefaced by a thoughtful foreword by Mysteries at the Museum host Don Wildman, Matthew Christopher's collection of photographs and essays chronicling these dangerous and hard to access sites force us to confront who we were, who we are, and who we wish to become.
About our guest author:

For the last decade, photographer and writer Matthew Christopher embarked on a journey to document the ruins of American infrastructure, including asylums, industry, churches, schools, theaters, hospitals, prisons, resorts and hotels, as realized in his best-selling book, “Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences” and his critically acclaimed website Abandoned America. His work has gained international attention and has been featured in the L.A. Times, BBC, NBC Nightly News, ABC News, NPR, Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post, Yahoo News, Business Insider, The Telegraph, Daily Mail, Buzzfeed, the Weather Channel, the Huffington Post, New York Daily News, the Metro, Photo District News, Photographer’s Forum, Juxtapoz, and many others. He has lectured on the art of ruins, abandoned spaces, and preservation, and displayed his photography at galleries and museums across the United States.


Matthew will be available immediately following the program to sell and sign books.

Ticket price includes admission to this limited seating event and light food.  Registration is limited, so be sure to save your seat today!  Registered participants will receive a note with details about the venue and discounted parking.

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Pyramid Club
1735 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

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Theresa Hummel-Krallinger

Theresa is the facilitator for the Philly Author Series at the Pyramid Club.  Theresa is a seasoned corporate trainer, motivational speaker, and professional stand-up comedian. Past-President of Greater Philadelphia ATD and Blue Bell Toastmasters, she currently serves on the non-credit faculty at Temple University, teaching courses in business communications and leadership. Her passion is to help leaders in organizations create places where people want to work. 

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