Friends of Arch Street 

Welcome to the Arch Street Meeting House Newsletter for November 2022! We are so grateful for your ongoing support and interest, and we can't wait to see you at Arch Street Meeting House soon.
Upcoming Programs
"In the Palm of Your Hand", Mural Dedication

Saturday, November 5th, from 1 pm - 2 pm


A brand new outdoor mural entitled In the Palm of Your Hand by local artist Nila Devaney has been installed on the historic grounds of Arch Street Meeting House! Illustrated by Devaney with management from Amber Art & Design and Quaker artist Keir Johnston of Newtown Monthly Meeting, the mural features depictions of lush greenery and interpretive figures of notable Quakers from Philadelphia history.

The mural is currently on view and visitors are welcome, and a dedication ceremony will occur during Philadelphia Yearly Meeting's Continuing Sessions on Sunday, November 5th at 1:00 pm outdoors on the grounds of the meetinghouse.

Support for the mural was provided in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and friends dedicated to the preservation of Quaker history at Arch Street Meeting House.

Christian Slavery

Sunday, November 6th, from 12 pm to 1 pm
at Christ Church Neighborhood House


In this talk, historian Katharine Gerbner will examine the historical links between Quakers and Anglicans in Philadelphia and the Caribbean during the early colonial period.

While Pennsylvania was founded as a Quaker colony, slavery was foundational to its early success, and there were many links between Philadelphia and Barbados. Gerbner will look at the tensions around slavery in early America, when many Quakers and Anglicans were trying to reconcile their Christian beliefs with slavery, rather than trying to end human bondage. Gerbner will also show how the history of Christian Slavery helps us understand the emergence of race and White Supremacy. She will show why it's essential to remember this uncomfortable history, and ask what we can learn from it today.


Program presented in partnership with Christ Church Preservation Trust.

Meetinghouse by Candlelight

Friday, December 2nd, 5 pm to 8 pm

Kick off the holiday season at Arch Street Meeting House with live music from local Quaker schools, refreshments, a live historical impersonator, raffles, and more!

On Friday, December 2nd, from 5 pm to 8 pm, the historic West Room of Arch Street Meeting House will be illuminated by candlelight, and visitors will be able to Meet Quaker History in a whole new light. In the East Room, visitors will have the opportunity to explore our exhibits, enjoy beverages courtesy of Yards Brewing Company, and have a fantastic holiday evening.

Program presented in partnership with Yards Brewing Company, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and Conshohocken Brewing Company.
Sign-up for the Old City Holiday Pass!

Arch Street Meeting House will be joining local businesses across Old City, Philadelphia for the launch of the Old City Holiday Pass! Festivities kick off on Small Business Saturday, November 26, 2022, with the debut of the FREE Old City Holiday Pass.

Sign up by completing the form and enjoy special offers and deals at dozens of shops, restaurants, museums, and attractions all holiday season long, through December 30th. Plus, have the chance to win weekly Old City holiday prize packs!
Welcome the ASMHPT Board of Trustees' Class of 2025!

We are excited to welcome the Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust's (ASMHPT) Class of 2025 Board of Trustees:

Janet Braker, Phil Cooke, Christie Duncan-Tessmer, Walter C. Evans, Samuel T. Freeman, III, Hazele Goodridge, George McNeely, Heath Meyers, Lisa Ogletree, Lucy Strackhouse, David Unkovic, David Wickard, and Jacqueline S. Zemaitis.

The future of Arch Street Meeting House shines bright, and we are thrilled to have their leadership and guidance.

ASMH Awarded a Grant from the National Fund for Sacred Places
In case you missed it, Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust (ASMHPT) has received $150,000 from the National Fund for Sacred Places, a program of Partners for Sacred Places in collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Partners for Sacred Places is the only nonsectarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to the sound stewardship and active community use of older sacred places across America.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, protects significant places representing our diverse cultural experience by taking direct action and inspiring broad public support.

Museum Visiting Hours

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

Upcoming Holiday Observations
CLOSED - Veteran's Day, November 11th
CLOSED - Thanksgiving, November 24th and 25th

ASMH will also be closed on November 5th, 13th, and 17th.

Volunteer With Us

Have you ever thought about becoming an ASMH volunteer? Contact us for more information about joining our team of passionate and dedicated volunteers, and learn how their ongoing support of ASMH has helped thousands of visitors Meet Quaker History.

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).

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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, C. Miller and Joan Biddle, Laura Durant, Jennifer Wolf, Gwynneth Walton, Mark and Anna Myers, Sallie and David Jones, Mark Thompson, David Spawn, George McNeely, Wally and Jane Evans, Carol and Ramon Cook, Alan and Maria Crosman, Mary Walsh, Charles S. Thomforde, Grace and Terry Cooke, Linell McCurry, Cynthia Kipp, Lucy and John Strackhouse, Thomas Hamm, Susan Davis, Wright and Sandra Horne, Carolyn Glipin Anderson, Peter Evans, Garrett Colmorgen, Kay and Bill Pickering, and Serita Spadoni

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