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The Mission of Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion is to showcase Victorian era Philadelphia through the architecture, grounds/gardens, and collections; and to educate, entertain and inspire through onsite educational programming, tours, theatre events and lectures.

The Annual Henry J. Magaziner Lecture location: Aulenbach Parish House, 29 West Tulpehocken Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144. The lecture is open to the public and free of charge. The topic is yet to be determined.

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 2:00 pm 




With Edward G. Pettit



Arctic explorer Elisha Kent Kane has a moon crater and a US Navy Destroyer named for him. He was one of the most famous Philadelphians of his time. Kane’s own accounts of voyages to the polar region sold tens of thousands of copies when published. His personal life was no less fascinating – in particular his love affair with the spirit medium Maggie. Fox was one-half of the spiritualist Fox Sisters, who entranced the country with their séance performances. Kane died tragically at the age of 37 in 1857. Recently a historical marker was placed at his grave on a hill overlooking the Schuykill River in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Edward G. Pettit will lecture on this fascinating 19th century Philadelphian.

Following Pettit’s talk, Diane Richardson will present the Annual Report to the members. Before and after the presentations, members can enjoy a cookie reception.

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Free of charge to members. Call 215-438-1861 for reservations.