Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion Calendar of Events


March 2016

Mid-Nineteenth-Century Suburban Housing in Germantown and the “Taste for Villa Life” An illustrated lecture by Nancy Holst, PhD, Saturday, March 19, 2016, 2:00 p.m. Location: Aulenbach Parish House, 29 West Tulpehocken Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144. This lecture is open to the public and free of charge. Reservations are strongly suggested.  MAKE RESERVATIONS ONLINE or call 215-438-1861.

19th Century Food Demo & Tasting with Becky Diamond. Sunday, March 20, 2016, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The 19th century was a time-frame when the idea of naming foods after famous people was especially trendy. It was very common for chefs to recognize notable folks by creating dishes in their honor, particularly rich, fancy desserts. Join Becky Diamond as she discusses some of these exquisite confections and their origins. Samples will be provided. The food tasting will be upstairs; the ability to go up and down one flight of stairs is required.  Reservations are requiredCLICK HERE for reservations or call 215-438-1861. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Cost: $30, Member cost: $25. BECOME A MEMBER TODAY!

Exhibition: The Literature of Prescription – Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wallpaper” March 10 – April 16, 2016 During a time when women were challenging traditional ideas about gender that excluded them from political and intellectual life, artist and writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who was discouraged from pursuing a career to preserve her health, rejected these ideas in a terrifying short story titled “The Yellow Wall-Paper.” The exhibition Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wall-Paper” explores the story behind Gilman’s indictment of the medical profession and the social conventions restricting women’s professional and creative opportunities. View this amazing exhibit on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday afternoons between March 10 and April 16 beginning at Noon. Last admission at 3:15 p.m. The exhibit is open to the public and free of charge.

 April 2016

Victorian Theatre – The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman as interpreted by Josh Hitchens. Friday, April 15 & Saturday, April 16 performance at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17 at 2 & 4 p.m.  Continuing the Mansion’s emphasis on 19th century women’s history, a one-woman performance of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s story, first published in 1892, will be presented in the parlor. “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a story of a woman who is locked in an upstairs bedroom by her physician to “recover” from “temporary nervous depression.” Reservations are required. Cost: $30, Member cost: $25. CLICK HERE for reservations or call 215-438-1861.  A champagne reception is included. 

The Mütter Museum will host an academic symposium to complement the Mansion’s theatrical rendition of “The Yellow Wallpaper” featuring a moderator and three speakers, followed by a discussion.

Members only lecture and annual meeting – Saturday, April 30, 2016, 2 p.m. Philadelphia’s Dickens Ambassador, Edward G. Pettit, will give a talk about Dickens in America. Following Pettit’s talk, the Mansion’s Annual Report will be presented to members. Cookies will be served.  BECOME A MEMBER TODAY 

May 2016

Victorian Theatre – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott as interpreted by Josh Hitchens. Friday, May 6 & Saturday, May 7 at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 8 at 2 & 4 p.m. As part of the Mansion’s focus on women’s history, we are pleased to present an original production of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Alcott, born in Germantown in 1832, was one of the century’s most important women authors. The play will be set in the Mansion’s parlor; seating is limited. Reservations are required. Cost: $35, Member cost: $30 CLICK HERE for reservations or call 215-438-1861. A champagne reception is included.  Bring your mother for Mother’s Day!

June 2016

Old Fashioned Picnic – Saturday, June 11, 2016, Noon to 3 p.m.  Visit the Mansion for the Mansion for the eighth annual Old Fashioned Picnic featuring activities for children and adults alike including ring toss, face painting, croquet and a scavenger hunt in the Enchanted Wood Fairy Garden. Picnickers have the opportunity to dress in Victorian clothing for a photograph to take home. Hot dogs, root beer, and ice cream sundaes will be served.  Admission is free. Pay as you go for activities and food. Tickets $1 or 12 for $10

September 2016

A Writing Workshop with Cordelia Frances Biddle – Sunday, September 25, 2016, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. – All old homes have tales to tell. So do the objects in them. Who bought or built or fashioned this? Who loved it? Who wept over it? This workshop explores the craft of writing fiction. By examining antique objects, we’ll create stories about people and how valued possessions reflect and reveal their lives. No prior writing experience is necessary. Reservations are required. Cost: $30, Member cost: $25. CLICK HERE for reservations or call 215-438-1861.

October 2016

Murder Mystery 2016 – Mystery in the House of Usher: A Poe Tale – Saturday, October 22, beginning at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, October 23, beginning at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, October 29 beginning at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, October 30 beginning at 2:30 p.m. Reservations are required.  Cost: $16 CLICK HERE for reservations or call 215-438-1861.