Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon

Wednesday, October 14. 2015

6:00 - 8:00 PM

at the Wagner Free Institute of Science

Please REGISTER HERE for this free event.

The 2015 Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon will showcase glass lantern slides from the American Philosophical Society, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, Scott Memorial Library -Thomas Jefferson University, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the Wagner Free Institute of Science.

Glass lantern slides are wonderful artifacts in and of themselves, but they are most interesting when we discuss the context for which they were originally created. In the spirit of lantern exhibition culture, this year’s salon participants will present a narrative story with their slides. The American Philosophical Society, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, the Franklin Institute, the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, the Scott Memorial Library of Thomas Jefferson University, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the Wagner Free Institute of Science will present an exciting evening of education and entertainment. Sit back and relax as we travel to the American West and the Lesser Antilles, delve into the destruction and relief efforts of WWI, get early 20th century lessons in social studies and science, and learn the benefits of abstinence from alcohol.

Predating the motion picture, lantern slides were used for entertainment and to illustrate educational programs. The Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon will be held in the Wagner’s Victorian-era lecture hall using an historic lantern projector. Please join us for a rare treat as we revive an old technology in order to see culturally significant lantern slide collections from the libraries and archives of Philadelphia’s most distinguished institutions.

This program is part of Archives Month Philly

Image credits, from top to bottom:

Indian chief.  Photograph by Joseph K. Dixon, 1908-1913. The Penn Museum Archives.

The Drunkard’s Daughter #5: In a Moment of Despair, she plunges into Eternity, c. 1885. The Franklin Institute.

Photomicrograph of Potato Starch. Wagner Free Institute of Science.

Martinique Pirouge. Britton Chance papers, American Philosophical Society.

Various Used Shells. Frank C. Abbott, M.D., Lantern Slide Collection, Thomas Jefferson University Archives and Special Collections, Scott Memorial Library.

“Row of hungry boys - Dresden,” ca. 1919. Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College.

 

The Wagner Free Institute of Science

1700 W. Montgomery Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19121

 

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