Brandied Peaches and Ice Cream

Abbie Fisher and John Trower

Join food historian Becky Diamond via ZOOM on Sunday, August 28, at 1:30 pm for “Brandied Peaches and Ice Cream.”

Brandied peaches are one of the many fruit preserve recipes featured in Abby Fisher’s What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking, the oldest known American cookbook written by a formerly enslaved person. John Trower was one of Philadelphia’s most successful 19th-century caterers, with ice cream businesses in both Germantown and Ocean City, NJ. Learn more about both culinary experts and their significance to African American foodways. Today ice cream is often embellished with fruity toppings such as brandied peaches. Discover the backstory of this idea and how it evolved into the ice cream sundae. Recipes for Abby’s brandied peaches and Anna Maxwell’s spiced peaches will be compared and adapted for today’s kitchens, a perfect tie-in for National Peach Month.

Cost: $10 Reservations are required and can be made ONLINE


The Victorian Palette: Color in Nineteenth-Century British Art and Design

with Concetta Martone, Ph.D.

Colors are all around us. They are inherent to the natural world but also man-made. They speak to us directly when revealing details about the nature of objects, subliminally when invoking moods and eliciting emotions, and aesthetically when delighting us with their beauty. Color is an essential element of the visual arts, and artists and designers have employed it to serve a wide range of aesthetic and symbolic purposes. Attitudes to color have changed through time, and understanding the significance of color in a specific era means understanding its relationship with the larger cultural context. In this talk, I will explore the historical dimension of color as it applies to British art and design at the time of Queen Victoria. The discussion will focus on the innovations and traditions that contributed to the re-evaluation of color as a powerful means of revelation. The works of artists and designers will serve as evidence of the eclectic and multifaceted character of the Victorians’ experience of the power of color.
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 the 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.

Sunday, February 12, 2023, at 1:30 pm via ZOOM Cost: $15, Member cost: $10

Reservations are required and can be made ONLINE

“No Limit to Space”

Popular Astronomy in 19th-Century Philadelphia

with Robert Hicks, PhD


  If you missed this fascinating live talk by Robert Hicks, we invite you to view this on our YouTube Channel.  CLICK HERE

Morris & Company: A Victorian Lifestyle Brand

by Concetta Martone, Ph.D.

If you missed Dr. Martone’s live presentation, we invite you to view this fascinating talk online –  CLICK HERE

“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