William Birch and the Complexities of American Visual Culture @ Library Company of Philadelphia
Oct 5 @ 8:15 am – 5:00 pm

William Birch and the Complexities of American Visual Culture explores the visual, cultural, and social themes elicited from the work of Philadelphia artist William Birch (1755-1834) in celebration of the anniversary of VCP.  The symposium in collaboration with William Birch, Ingenious Artist: His Life, His Philadelphia Views, and His Legacy aims to promote broad discussions on the continual resonance in American visual culture of the work of this premier enamel miniaturist, aspiring gentleman, and artist of the first American viewbooks.

What can be learned from works conceived and executed by a non-native artist parallel to constantly (and infinitely) evolving fields and definitions of art, and means of art production, distribution, innovation, and appreciation?


Is It Cost Effective? The Economics of Historic Preservation @ West ABC, Campus Center, Rutgers-Camden
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

This workshop will introduce participants to the economic value of historic preservation and how to critically evaluate a potential project on its economic merits. Whether you are serving on a local historic preservation commission or considering a rehabilitation project of your own, you will become familiar with the concepts, measures, and tools used by real estate investors to determine a project’s economic viability. As part of the workshop, participants will gain hands-on experience critically evaluating potential projects.