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 Sunday, September 19, 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.

Haunted History of Delaware

with Josh Hitchens

Join author and paranormal historian Josh Hitchens as he reads from his new book Haunted History of Delaware, focusing on First State ghost stories and legends from the Victorian era. Hear spine-tingling tales of Civil War phantoms at Fort Delaware, sinister spirits of the Rockwood Mansion, and the tragic legend of an enslaved Black man whose spectral music can still be heard echoing from Fiddler’s Bridge. A short Q&A will follow the reading, and copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Cost: $10


Morris & Company: A Victorian Lifestyle Brand

by Concetta Martone, Ph.D.

One of the most influential figures of the nineteenth century, William Morris, was a poet, a designer, and an activist for social reform. His ideas about art and production stimulated a new way of thinking about the design and making of household objects. Morris established a successful commercial enterprise in the 1860s. His involvement in business bridged the gap between art and skilled manual work when industrial production was becoming the norm and stimulated consumption patterns by making readily available artful goods needed to create the sophisticated home look sought after by the flourishing Victorian middle class. This talk concentrates on Morris’ entrepreneurial efforts, investigating the relationship between his design/production methods, marketing strategies, and socialist ideals.

Sat., January 22, 2022, at 1:00 PM via ZOOM. Tickets are available until 11 AM on January 22

Cost: $10  Member cost: $8 TJU students: $6 Buy tickets online

Concetta Martone is an art and architectural historian and a founding principal of dMAS, an award-winning design studio in Philadelphia. She was born in Naples, Italy, where she began her studies, later moving to the United States to complete her education. Concetta holds a Ph.D. in Art History from Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University. She teaches courses in the history and theory of art and architecture at Thomas Jefferson University and Temple University. As a historian, she searches for meaning in art and architecture; as a designer, she aims to create spaces that embody and express the values, ideals, and aspirations of the people that occupy them.

“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

Henry Ossawa Tanner

If you missed Dr. Anna O. Marley’s illustrated talk about Henry Ossawa Tanner, you can now view this on the Mansion’s YouTube Channel

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).

Octavius Catto

dig original

If you missed Amy Cohen’s thought-provoking talk about Octavius Catto you can now view this on Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion’s YouTube Channel

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.