Hello Friend,
This holiday weekend will be filled with family-friendly programs and opportunities to Meet Quaker History at Arch Street Meeting House, and we can't wait to see you there. We'll be kicking things off on Friday with a celebration of our new outdoor exhibits, and then on Saturday, we will be offering our brand new walking tour to the public for the very first time! Check out the details for this fun-filled weekend below. 
Image courtesy of the Haverford College Quaker Collection.

Outdoor Exhibit Unveiling

Friday, May 27th, 5 - 8pm

New outdoor exhibits have been installed on the grounds of Arch Street Meeting House! To celebrate the installation, we are inviting all of our friends and supporters to meet Quaker history and explore the new exhibits on Friday, May 27th.

Attendees will engage with new stories in the exhibits, enjoy complimentary refreshments, win a raffle prize, and meet historical interpreters Lucretia Mott, Francis Watkins Harper, Elizabeth Drinker, and Samuel Nicholas.
Photo courtesy of Interfaith Philadelphia

The Quaker City:
A Walking Tour of Old City

Saturday, May 28th at 11:00 am

Experience a new way to meet Quaker history by joining our brand new walking tour of Old City Philadelphia, facilitated by an ASMH staff member, from 11am to 12pm. The tour begins with a brief exploration of the historic burial grounds at ASMH before continuing on a walking tour of important Quaker sites throughout Old City Philadelphia. This is not just your run-of-the-mill famous Founding Fathers' tour! It is perfect for visitors who are seeking a different side of Philadelphia history. These aren't the stories that most other sites tell! 

Visitors will start their walking tour at Arch Street Meeting House, then continue to the Betsy Ross House and on to Welcome Park, the site of William Penn's first residence in Philadelphia. After snaking their way through Independence National Historical Park, the group will stop at various other sites with a Quaker twist.
Registration is not required.

Philly Typewriter at ASMH

Saturday, May 28th at 1 pm

On Saturday, May 28th, Philly Typewriter will be filling the East Room with typewriters as we explore the Quaker habit of taking minutes. Come learn about typewriters and how their technology was such an improvement over handwritten notes!
This workshop is FREE, and registration is not required.
The Society of Friends is unique in that we take minutes, which are notes of discussions and conversations that occur during meetings and worship. When ASMH was first built in the early 1800s, everything was handwritten by the Clerk – a time-consuming and laborious process. The invention and popularity of the typewriter sped up the process considerably! Come test out your skills on various typewriters while you view some examples of how Quakers have communicated through writing over time.
Support provided by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. 
Arch Street Meeting House will be open to the public on Sunday, May 29th, and Monday, May 30th from 10 am to 4 pm.

There's still time to contribute to this year's Spring Campaign!

There are still a couple of weeks left in our annual Spring Appeal, and we are grateful to everyone who has already made a contribution. If you are unable to support Arch Strus this season, please consider spreading the word!
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Make checks payable to:
Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust, 320 Arch St. Philadelphia, PA 19106
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All donations are tax-deductible up to the fullest extent of the law.

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