Friends of Arch Street 

Hello Friend, and welcome to the Arch Street Meeting House Newsletter for November 2021. We have exciting projects and programs coming up, and we can't wait to share them with you! 
Welcome Jennifer Gray, our new Visitor Services & Rental Coordinator
Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Jennifer Gray has worked for Historic Philadelphia, Inc. since 2011 and has been portraying Betsy Ross at the Betsy Ross House for the last six years. She has a Bachelor's degree in History and a Master's degree in Education, both from Arcadia University. She was named as one of Arcadia's inaugural 40 Under 40 Alumni in 2018, awarded the May Kean Raynolds Graduate Fellowship at Liberty Hall Museum & Gardens in 2020, and recently began tutoring students through the local organization Teach. In her spare time, Jenn enjoys exploring the city of Philadelphia and experimenting with new recipes, both sweet and savory. She is excited to start this new chapter at ASMH!

Upcoming Events

New Life for Old Cemeteries:
Connecting Communities and Open Space

November 4th & 5th

Online, 9 am - 12:30 pm
Optional On-Site Tours, 2 pm

Cemeteries are an integral part of our urban infrastructure and ecosystem. Learn how preserving and caring for these important open spaces is vital to the ecological, economic, and social sustainability of communities today.

Join us virtually from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm for engaging discussion and meet in person on Friday, November 5th at 2:00 pm for an on-location cemetery tour.

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Guest lecturers include our very own Executive Director, Sean Connolly!

David Charles Sloane is a professor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California.  He is author of Is the Cemetery Dead?

Elizabeth Milroy teaches courses in the history of Western art with a specialty in art and material culture in North American from the colonial period to the 20th century. Her research focuses on the history of cultural spaces, specifically public parks and historic sites in Philadelphia.  Her book, The Grid and the River: Philadelphia’s Green Places, 1682-1876 was published in 2016. 

Aaron Wunsch is an assistant professor in historic preservation at the University of Pennsylvania. Aaron is a scholar of the American built landscape, particularly its meaning and relevance in design practice, with a focus on nineteenth-century Philadelphia cemeteries.

Thaddeus Squire has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit management field, focusing on arts and cultural heritage including being the founder of Hidden City Philadelphia. 

Cara Ferrentino is a Program Officer at the William Penn Foundation. Cara’s work supports Philadelphia’s public spaces - parks, libraries, recreation centers, plazas, gardens and public pathways - and the communities they serve. 

Monica Rhodes is the Director of Resource Management at the National Park Foundation (NPF).  In this role, Rhodes oversees grantmaking to historic properties and develops strategies for preserving cultural heritage specifically representing communities of color. 

Presented in partnership with Historic Eden Cemetery, Laurel Hill Cemetery and West Laurel Hill Cemetery and Funeral Home, Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, and The Woodlands
Meeting House by Candlelight
Friday, December 3rd, 5 - 8 pm 
Arch Street Meeting House

Join us for a special First Friday holiday celebration! 
Celebrate the holiday season at Arch Street Meeting House with live student musical performances from local Quaker schools, a live historical impersonator, kid-friendly crafts, and refreshments spread out across the museum and grounds.
By bringing together friends from across the region for a special holiday evening at Arch Street Meeting House, we encourage you to feel a sense of true community this winter and Meet Quaker History. As you enjoy our exhibits you can experience our historic West Room room in a whole new light! Constructed in 1811, the West Room will be lit by candlelight and visitors will be able to experience what worship would have felt like in the 19th Century.

After the event, Friends and visitors will be encouraged to explore other holiday sites throughout Old City, Philadelphia.
Limited event parking is available as an additional add-on to purchased tickets.
Special thanks to HomeLight for their sponsorship of this program.

Visiting Hours

The museum is open to the public:
Thursday - Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Our historic grounds are open to the public:
Tuesday - Sunday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
As we approach the upcoming holiday season, we want to express how grateful we are for our generous donors who have helped make this a successful year for Arch Street Meeting House. 
Donate Today
Giving Tuesday is just a few weeks away on November 30th, 2021, so please consider supporting Arch Street Meeting House and all of the exciting new projects we have planned.

Special thanks to...

Emily Blanck, Gail Ditewig and Heath Meyers, Christie and Zachary Duncan-Tessmer, Laura Durant, Thomas Hamm and Mary Louise Reynolds, Sallie and David Jones, Katherine and William Pickering, Karen Russell, Parvin and Jean Sharpless, and Sandra and Kyra Sudofsky.

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