Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon

Thursday, October 13, 2016

6:00 - 8:00 PM

at the Wagner Free Institute of Science

Please register here for this free event.

Celebrate Archives Month Philly at the Wagner Free Institute of Science as we showcase glass lantern slides from the special collections of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Fairmount Park Historic Resource Archives, Jefferson University, Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Temple University, and the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries during the 4th annual Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon.

In the spirit of lantern exhibition culture, this salon will bring together unique and rarely-seen images presented in the context for which they were originally created. Join us as we tour America's first zoo and the period rooms at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; learn about industry and manufacturing in the Philadelphia area and Florence Nightingale and the history of nursing; travel to exotic lands and through the trees of Fairmount Park.

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.

Image credits, clockwise from top left:

Fairmount Park arborist standing by catalpa tree. The Fairmount Park Historic Resource


Hercules Inc. dynamite laboratory circa 1912. From: Chemical Heritage Foundation.

Lion cubs born at the Philadelphia Zoo, 1936. Temple University Libraries’ Special Collections

     Research Center.

Tour group in the St. Genis Cloister. Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Florence Nightingale and the Injured Collie Dog.  Jefferson University Archives and Special Collections.




The Wagner Free Institute of Science

1700 W. Montgomery Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19121











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