Calendar of Events


Sunday, January 29 1:30 to 4:30 p.m
Tatting Workshop with Melanie Hughes Dating to the 19th century, tatting is a technique for handcrafting lace edging, doilies and other decorative pieces. Instructor, Melanie Hughes, teaches tatting with an easy-to-learn method. Cookies and tea will be served. Cost: $30, Member cost: $25  Reservations required. CLICK HERE for reservations or call (215)438-1861.

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 2:00 p.m
Annual Henry J. Magaziner Lecture 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 – to be determined.

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 7:00 p.m. & Sunday, March 26, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
For Women’s History Month: Alcott: Civil War Nurse While serving as a nurse during the Civil War, Louisa May Alcott wrote letters to her family in Massachusetts relating her experiences. At the urging of friends, she fictionalized them for publishing.  Initially the stories were printed in a Boston magazine and later the entire collection became available in book form entitled Hospital Sketches.  As part of the Mansion’s continued devotion to women’s history, a live performance of one of Alcott’s Civil War stories, “The Blue and the Gray” will be presented as a one-woman show in the parlor. The story will be adapted into a play by Josh Hitchens. Preceding each performance, Dr. Patricia D’Antonio, Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Barbara Bates Center for Nursing will give an account of nursing practices during the Civil War. Cost: $30, Member cost: $25 Reservations required. CLICK HERE for more information and reservations or call (215)438-1861.

Sunday, April 2, 2017, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m
Fairy Watercolor Workshop with Jency Latta “Victorians embraced belief in fairies as a reaction to the disenchantment of the world.” (New York Times 1998) Join Jency Latta to create your own fanciful fairy watercolor painting.  Cookies and tea will be served. Cost: $30, Member cost: $25  Reservations required. CLICK HERE for reservations or call (215)438-1861.

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Meembers only lecture 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. A historic marker now stands at Kane’s grave 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. Members – call (215)438-1861 for reservations.

Friday, May 5, 2017, 7:00 p.m., Saturday, May 6, 2017, 7:00 p.m., Sunday, May 7, 2017, 2:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Anne of Green Gables as adapted and directed by Josh Hitchens Continuing to showcase the voices of Victorian women, the Mansion presents Anne of Green Gables in May 2017. The novel, written in 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery, is the story of an orphan girl, Anne Shirley, who is mistakenly sent to a middle-aged brother and sister who wanted to adopt a boy to help them on their farm on Prince Edward Island. The play, set in the Mansion’s parlor, will recount the story of Anne growing up in the small town of Avonlea. Children as well as adults can enjoy this performance. Cost: $35, Member cost: $30. Reservations required. CLICK HERE for reservations or call (215)438-1861.

Saturday, June 10, 2017, Noon to 3:00 pm
Old Fashioned Picnic  Visit the Mansion on Saturday, June 10, 2017 for our twelfth annual Old Fashioned Picnic. Enjoy nineteenth century activities all around the grounds. Dress in Victorian clothes and have your photo taken. You will go home with a photo! Enjoy a game of croquet, participate in the scavenger hunt, and play ring toss. Mt. Airy resident, Jay Efran, will entertain you with a magic show. Relish hot dogs, root beer, ginger ale, and ice cream – foods popularized during the Victorian era. Win prizes. Have your face painted. Get to know your neighbors. Guests can enjoy tours of the downstairs of the Mansion. Admission is free. Pay as you go for food and activities.