Friends of Arch Street 

Welcome to the Arch Street Meeting House Newsletter for August 2022!
Upcoming Programs
Photo by Matthew J. Photography

Old City District Wedding Stroll

Wednesday, August 3rd at 5pm

Did you know that you can rent Arch Street Meeting House for your wedding or special event? ASMH will be joining more than 40 wedding businesses in Old City for a Wedding Stroll on August 3rd at 5pm!

Old City is Philadelphia’s ultimate one-stop wedding shop! Home to more than 300 independently-owned small businesses, find wedding attire, florists, jewelers, restaurants, venues, wedding services, and so much more - all within a few walking blocks. Rely on Old City wedding experts to make your big day everything you imagine – and more!

Old City District showcases its burgeoning wedding industry with the debut of the Old City Wedding Stroll on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022 from 5:00-8:00pm.

Visit Old City District for more information about the event.

Sidney George Fisher: Philly's Premier Diarist in the Era of Civil War

Wednesday, August 10th at 7 pm

Join Daniel Crofts at ASMH on Wednesday, August 10th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm as he discusses the writings and life of Sidney George Fisher.


Sidney George Fisher kept a voluminous diary and observed the changing Philadelphia in the years before, during, and after the Civil War. Although not a practicing Friend, he had Quaker relatives who provided a context for his insights into the world around him. 

Presenter Daniel W. Crofts earned his doctorate in History at Yale University in 1968 and taught at The College of New Jersey from 1975 to 2014. His most recent book, Lincoln and the Politics of Slavery: The Other Thirteenth Amendment and the Struggle to Save the Union, was awarded the University of Virginia's Bobbie and John Nau Book Prize in American Civil War Era History. Dan has recently published essays about Sidney George Fisher in The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography and The Journal of the Civil War Era. Dan's wife Betsy Crofts is a member of Newtown Friends Meeting. They live in Southampton, Pennsylvania.

This program will be offered as a HYBRID (both in-person at ASMH and online) presentation.

Educational Saturday: Silhouettes

Saturday, September 3rd at 1 pm

Quakers have a history of utilizing silhouettes to connect with both extended family and prominent Friends. Join ASMH staff and volunteers in the East Room to try your hand at making some yourself!
Stay tuned for more information.

Museum Visiting Hours

Meet Quaker History, and visit us:
Wednesday - Sunday
10 am - 4 pm

Musem hours will change for the Fall season after Labor Day weekend.

Become a Volunteer

Our volunteers have been working hard this summer to maintain our gardens and help our visitors Meet Quaker History while exploring the museum. If you're interested in joining this amazing team, contact us for more information.

Being a practicing Quaker is not a requirement, but enthusiasm is a must!
Contact Us For More Information
If you would like to share information about the volunteer program, please click here to download a printable flyer (PDF).

Support Arch Street Meeting House with a gift today!

Will you continue to support us with a contribution, and help prepare Arch Street Meeting House for a successful 2022?
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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.

Special thanks to...

Emily Blanck, Christie and Zachary Duncan-Tessmer, Walter Evans, Anne Topham Holsclaw, Corwin and Martha Drake, and Paul JC WIlliams.

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