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May 2019

The Importance of Being Earnest

May 4 @ 2:00 pm
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144 United States
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$35

The Importance of Being Earnest is one of the funniest plays ever written. First performed in 1895 and often hailed as Wilde’s masterpiece, our gender fluid production will immerse the audience in a world of hilarious farce where no one is exactly who they appear to be. This site-specific staging will re-imagine a classic play for a contemporary audience in ways you’ve never seen before. Earnest will be the first show in our history to run for two weekends. Directed by Ryan Walter.

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The Importance of Being Earnest

May 4 @ 7:00 pm
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144 United States
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$35

The Importance of Being Earnest is one of the funniest plays ever written. First performed in 1895 and often hailed as Wilde’s masterpiece, our gender fluid production will immerse the audience in a world of hilarious farce where no one is exactly who they appear to be. This site-specific staging will re-imagine a classic play for a contemporary audience in ways you’ve never seen before. Earnest will be the first show in our history to run for two weekends. Directed by Ryan Walter.

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Old Fashioned Picnic

May 18 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144 United States
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Spring is here; enjoy a wonderful afternoon outdoors at the Mansion's Victorian picnic. Visit the gardens of Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion on Saturday, May 18 from Noon to 3:00 pm. Lawn games (croquet, ring toss, scavenger hunt), photography, good conversation, 19th century kitchen gadgets. Suggested attire (not required): summer whites, garden party frocks, tea dresses, steampunk, Goth, Photographs to take home. Craft beer, lemonade, hot dogs, ice cream. Admission is free. Pay as you go for activities and food.

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Literary Parlor – The Heart of Darkness

May 19 @ 1:30 pm
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144 United States
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$15

Join bibliophile, Kate Howe, as our Literary Parlor discusses Joseph Conrad’s 1899 book, The Heart of Darkness. The narrator, Charles Marlow, tells the story of a voyage up the Congo River into the “heart of Africa.” The novella is based on Conrad’s own experience in 1890 as he became the Captain of a steamer traveling to various stops along the Congo River. Marlow tells his story while aboard a boat anchored on the Thames River in England. Conrad compares London with Africa…

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June 2019

Coffee for Neighbors

June 9 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144 United States
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Free

Free Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion welcomes its fellow neighbors for complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies! Learn about the 1860s section of our museum and chat with your neighbors. A trained docent will be on hand to answer your questions!  Open to anyone who lives in the 19144 zip code.

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Lecture: Journey to Sanctuary – Second Great Migration

June 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144 United States
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$10

Join us at the Mansion for a talk by Julie Rainbow. Philadelphia’s rich cultural history will be celebrated through the immersive, multifaceted storytelling experience of migration, stories that are relevant to generations of families that are old and new residents of the City. African Americans who arrived in Philadelphia from the South during the Second Great Migration (1940-1970) changed the fabric of the City of Brotherly Love. Many of those who braved the difficult journey found sanctuary in the city’s…

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July 2019

Lecture: Tacony

July 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144 United States
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FOR MEMBERS ONLY – Tacony is a community carved out of the banks of the Delaware River in the lower northeast portion of the City of Philadelphia.  Originally settled by the Lenni Lenapes, the community evolved from a sleepy fishing and railroad village in the mid-nineteenth century to a planned community at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution. Envisioning a community free of the urban ills that plagued his sprawling factory close to the center of town, Henry Disston purchased…

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Literary Parlor – The Widow Barnaby

July 21 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144 United States
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$15

Written by Frances Milton Trollope (mother of Anthony Trollope) in 1839, The Widow Barnaby is a lighthearted Victorian romance. The novel opens with the death of Old Reverend Compton, which leads to a squabble over the inheritance by the relatives. The tale evolves with the vain, flirtatious and presumptuous husband hunting Mrs. Barnaby leading to awkward moments and ridiculous mistakes. Added to this are the loves and distresses of the Widow Barnaby’s lovely and demure niece Agnes. Join bibliophile Kate Howe in…

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August 2019

Coffee for Neighbors

August 10 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144 United States
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Free

Free Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion welcomes its fellow neighbors for complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies! Learn about the 1860s section of our museum and chat with your neighbors. A trained docent will be on hand to answer your questions!  Open to anyone who lives in the 19144 zip code.

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Literary Parlor-Penny Dreadful

August 11 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144 United States
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$15

Penny dreadfuls were cheap popular serial literature produced during the nineteenth century in the United Kingdom. Issued weekly each episode was either eight (or occasionally 16 pages long) with black and white illustrations on the top of the first page. Join us for a fun-filled afternoon as we take turns reading chapters from a penny dreadful, Wagner the Werewolf by George W. M. Reynolds. Fernand Wagner’s deal with the devil buys wealth and youth―at the price of monthly transformations into a ravening beast.…

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