Women’s Work: Campaigning for Social Change @ Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs
Sep 10 @ 12:00 am – Sep 20 @ 12:00 am

Due to uncertainty involving the continued impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs decided on Aug. 6, 2020 that Chautauqua programs would not be conducted in front of a live audience but would instead be streamed live via Zoom. Additional information about program activities will be published in the near future. Calls for information can also be made to the Zwaanendael Museum at 302-645-1148 or the New Castle Court House Museum at 302-323-4453.

“Women’s Work: Campaigning for Social Change” will demonstrate the passionate efforts of suffragists striving toward one goal—earning the right for women to vote and participate equally in the nation’s political, social and economic life. Through theatrical enactments by both individuals and groups, lectures and musical performances, Chautauqua viewers will be immersed in the women’s suffrage movement and experience the impact that it had on Delaware and its people. Activities will be capped with performances by actor-historians from the American Historical Theatre portraying the noted suffragists Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt, and a concert by the Women’s Orchestra Project.

Some Things Last a Long Time: A Medieval Life Virtual Program @ Free Library of Philadelphia
Oct 1 @ 12:00 pm

This virtual gallery talk focuses on the companion exhibition to Medieval Life: European Manuscripts in Philadelphia Collections. While medieval European manuscripts are just one kind of object, the questions explored in Medieval Life are universal: how people practiced religion, interacted with their governments, worked, built families, and experienced the natural environment. The companion exhibition draws on the Free Library’s Special Collections to look at these themes from outside medieval Europe.

While we plan an in-person opening to Medieval Life and its companion show later this fall, join Rare Book Department curator Caitlin Goodman for a virtual talk about a few dozen objects (books, paintings, maps, puppets…) that deal with work, love, justice, and other enduring concerns. This program will be recorded live on Crowdcast, please register here. Questions welcome!

Tracing the Legacy of Housing Discrimination in NYC @ Museum of the City of New York
Oct 1 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us for this free online workshop exploring the history and legacy of housing discrimination in New York City and examining how activists mobilized to fight for equal housing rights.

Explore online resources from our exhibitions Activist New York and Who We Are: Visualizing NYC by the Numbers and leave with ideas for bringing this learning into your digital classroom.

This is the first event in our three-part fall educator workshop series Examining Equity in NYC. Click here to see the full series.

Eligible participants will receive a CTLE certificate for 1.5 hours of professional development.

This lecture will be broadcast via Zoom; participants will need an internet-accessible device with audio capability to attend. The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants.  

Revolutionary Germantown Festival @ Cliveden
Oct 3 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cliveden and the sites of Historic Germantown are excited to present the 2020 Revolutionary Germantown Festival! The festival will Saturday October 3rd from 12 PM to 4 PM.

  • Explore Germantown and its historic sites to learn how the American Revolution and the Battle of Germantown affected people in 1777. A variety of activities for the whole family will be available at Cliveden and Historic Germantown sites. Visit the Schedule of Events for more information.
  • Guidebooks with maps of the neighborhood, information about participating sites and activities, and locations of restaurants and cafes will be available at participating institutions and online.
  • Due to city restrictions, the re-enactments of the Battle of Germantown are cancelled for 2020.

To ensure the safety of visitors, volunteers and staff we ask all participants to wear masks and maintain a safe physical distance while enjoying the festival.

Virtual Program | Women + Power: PEOPLE POWER @ Brooklyn Historical Society
Oct 6 @ 7:30 pm

From Suffrage to Black Lives Matter to the fight for Indigenous sovereignty, women of color have been at the heart and forefront of social justice movements for generations.

The final installment of Brooklyn Historical Society and the Ms. Foundation for Women’s series turns its gaze to the struggles of today, the leading roles that women of color continue to play, and the search for the solidarity that can put systemic oppression on the ropes. Join the Ms. Foundation for Women and Brooklyn Historical Society for a panel featuring Enei Begaye, executive director of Native Movement; Kandace Montgomery, executive director of Black Visions Collective; and Toni-Michelle Williams, executive director of Solutions Not Punishments Collaborative. Moderated by activist, writer, and Director of Communications for the Ms. Foundation Raquel Willis.

Neighborhood Stories: A Spit Spreads Death Virtual Tour of Brewerytown @ Mutter Museum
Oct 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join the Mütter Museum and Hidden City Philadelphia for a virtual tour of Brewerytown in North Philadelphia that focuses on the German American community a century ago. We’ll learn about breweries, factories, rowhouses, and churches as we explore life before, during, and after the influenza pandemic that killed more than 17,500 Philadelphians in 1918–19.

*Virtual event details will be emailed to registered attendees.

Deciphering the Past: Transcription Hour @ Science History Institute
Oct 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join the American Philosophical Society and the Science History Institute for this three-part series on deciphering historical documents throughout time. Puzzle through mysterious writing, try your hand at decrypting colloquialisms and unfamiliar spellings. In each session we’ll be working with a specially selected manuscript straight from our vaults. Learn tips you can use when transcribing historical documents, practice new skills, and discover your inner detective.

For our October session, we’ll be transcribing the only existing letter from Abiah Folger Franklin, Benjamin Franklin’s mother. Join us to learn more about her life through clues in her letter.

About the Speaker

Julie Fisher holds a PhD in history from the University of Delaware, with a focus on early American and Native American history. She is currently at the American Philosophical Society as the Members Bibliography and Biography Postdoctoral Fellow. Before coming to the APS she was a consulting editor with the Native Northeast Portal, a digital humanities project based at Yale University from 2017 to 2019, and the primary investigator for a National Park Service grant at the Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence, Rhode Island, from 2016 to 2018. She began transcribing and learning paleography skills for her first book, Ninigret, Sachem of the Niantics and Narragansetts: Diplomacy, War, and the Balance of Power in Seventeenth-Century New England and Indian Country. She has been transcribing ever since.

Guitaro 5000’s Interactive History of African American Music @ Montclair Public Library
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Percussive guitarist-singer Guitaro 5000 performs hit songs from the living American songbook for families.

Percussive guitarist-singer Guitaro 5000 performs hit pop, rock, blues and R&B songs from the African American songbook for families. Guitaro, known for his endless repertoire and deep knowledge of beloved songs, will take kids on a tour of timeless songs old and new. Guitaro 5000 is a one-man-band dedicated to making the world a better place through the unifying power of music.

Mark your calendars and click here for the YouTube live-stream link to enjoy Guitaro 5000’s interactive program.

3rd Annual Graduate Student Colloquium on the History & Theory of Photography @ Rutgers University
Oct 9 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Developing Room holds its delayed third annual graduate student colloquium, an event for Ph.D. candidates from any field of study who are working on dissertation topics in which photography–its histories and theories–play a central role.

Presenters will share their work with their peers and an official respondent who is a leader in the field. Students may be at any stage of dissertation research, but presentations will consist of a dissertation chapter or a section, along with an account of how that chapter/section fits within the larger project. The format involves a formal 25-minute presentation followed by 30 minutes of discussion. Although only five presentations are given at each colloquium meeting, the Developing Room invites a large audience of students in order to ensure a rich conversation and to build a constituency from which papers can be drawn in subsequent years. In the last two year, our event brought together an international group of researchers working across a wide range of topics related to photography.

This year’s respondent will be Ellen Handy, a historian, curator and critic of photography and modern art. She teaches courses in the history of photography, art of the United States, art criticism, and research methods in art history at The City College of New York. Previously, she was Executive Curator of Visual Collections at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center of the University of Texas, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the International Center of Photography, Senior Research Assistant in the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a regular columnist for Arts Magazine. She received her PhD from the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, and her BA from Barnard College of Columbia University. Her research interests include landscape and urban imagery in photography and other mediums, intersections of art and science in 19th century photography, women and photography, connoisseurship in photography, printed ephemera, and early modernism in visual and literary culture in the United States.

The event is free and open to the public. But please RSVP at

Live Webinar: AASLH Conversations: Fundraising in 2020 and Beyond @ American Association for State and Local History
Oct 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

What does fundraising really look like during a pandemic? Join two museum fundraisers–one from a rural county museum and the other from an urban sports museum–as they walk through how they’ve handled fundraising since March. From closing to reopening and into an unknown “new normal,” Jamie Simek (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum) and Mitch Figert (Wabash County Museum) will talk about strategies, results, and what they’re planning for the last quarter of 2020 and beyond.