Tickets are available until two hours before the start time of the illustrated talk.

Henry Ossawa Tanner via ZOOM

Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion is pleased to host Dr. Anna O. Marley for an illustrated talk about Henry Ossawa Tanner. Tanner was born in Pittsburg but grew up in Philadelphia In 1879, he enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and was the only African American enrolled at that time. He is known as a realistic painter and became the first African American painter to gain international acclaim.

Curator of Historical American Art, Anna O. Marley joined PAFA in March of 2009. Marley is a scholar of American art and material culture from the colonial era to 1945 and holds a B.A. in Art History from Vassar College, an M.A. in Museum Studies from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. At PAFA, Marley has curated over 14 exhibitions, including the touring retrospective Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit. (2012)


Saturday, March 6, 2021, at 1:00 pm  Cost: $6 – Member Cost: $5

Ticket holders received ZOOM sign-in information on Friday, March 5, and then again on Saturday, March 6 at Noon.

Octavius Catto

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Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion is pleased to welcome Amy Cohen for an illustrated talk via ZOOM about the life of Octavius Catto, 19th-century civil rights activist. Catto was murdered in broad daylight on election day,  October 10, 1871. Catto’s assassin, Frank Kelly, was not prosecuted. In her talk, Cohen draws parallels to what happened in the 19th-century and what is happening today. Join us for what surely will be a most informative talk with time for discussion afterward.

Saturday, April 10, 2021, at 1:00 pm – Cost: $6; Member cost: $5


Ticket holders will receive ZOOM sign-in information at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 10, 2021

Amy Cohen spent 20 years as a middle and high school social studies teacher. While teaching at Masterman School, she was also among the first cohort of educators to teach African American History. She is currently the Director of Education at History Making Productions. She also produced Octavius V. Catto: A Legacy for the 21st Century which won a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for Historic/Cultural Program Features. Cohen is a monthly columnist for Hidden City, an online magazine about Philadelphia’s history and the built environment.

The Jew as Other in Victorian British Literature via ZOOM

with Dr. Carol Harris-Shapiro

Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion is pleased to host Dr. Carol Harris-Shapiro for an illustrated talk about the depiction of Jews in British 19th-century literature. The works of Charles Dickens, George Elliot, Trollope, and others will be explored for stereotypes of Jewish characters. Dr. Harris-Shapiro explores anti-Semitic, Philo-Semitic, and realistic representations of Jewish literary characters.

Sunday, June 6, 2021, at 1:30 pm

Cost: $6: Member cost: $5


Emilie Davis’s Civil War

with Judith Giesberg, Ph.D.

Join Civil War scholar and author Judith Giesberg, ph.D. for an illustrated talk via ZOOM about the diaries of Emilie Davis. Emilie Davis was 22 years old in 1861 when the Civil War began.  Two years later she penned the words with which we were introduced to her, ‘Today has been a memorable day,’ opening up a small window into a black community in war.  In three slim pocket-sized diaries, Emilie wrote daily entries, recounting events big and small.  A seamstress by trade, Emilie recorded her sewing work in the pages of her diary.

Learn more about African American Emilie Davis’s diaries and her life on Saturday, August 14, 2021, at 1:00 pm. Reservations are required.

Cost: $6 Member cost: $5  MAKE RESERVATIONS ONLINE

Order your own copy of Emilie Davis’s Civil War

Dr. Giesberg will raffle one copy of Emile Davis’s Civil War during her presentation.

“The House Beautiful” – The Aesthetic Movement and the American Home

If you missed Dr. Concetta Martone’s fascinating illustrated talk entitled “The House Beautiful” – The Aesthetic Movement and the American Home, you can now view this on Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion’s YouTube Channel