Past Events

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

Families Public Members Scouts
A family-friendly day in alignment with nationally celebrated LGBTQ+ Pride Month.

Celebrate individuality and family at The Franklin Institute.

Throughout the day, beneath the rainbow lighting of the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, experience live demonstrations related to visibility and the color spectrum.

Plus! Local artist Lauren Cat West and Franklin Institute science interpreter Paul Taylor collaborate to create a dynamic art installation that shows the rainbow of colors within the spectrum.

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Join 86 Deluxe Catering and Friends, an immigrant-owned catering company, for a evening of Caribbean food and art by the Caribbean Creatives Art Collective. There are costs associated with this event. Please purchase your tickets here.

Contact: Paul Gordon, [email protected].

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Looking for a chance to brush up on your Spanish? Interested in cooking and culture?

Join us for a hands-on cooking class in Spanish! In this class, we will travel to Peru. This presentation is part of the World Traveling Trunk Project that connects families, cultures, and stories in Philadelphia.

This event is not free.

Contact: Lindsay Southworth, [email protected].

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Social Isolation: Can Social Media be an Ally or an Enemy? In this event we will discuss the positive and negative impact of Social Media and what strategies can help immigrants build community, face-to-face social connectivity, and success.

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Thursday, June 20th from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Join us at the APS Museum for the first lecture in the “Map Chats” series, running throughout the Mapping a Nation exhibition. Today, maps are used in a variety of ways, from artistic pieces to scientific tools. Throughout the program series, join us as we survey the different aspects and opportunities that maps present to us.

At “Map Chats: Penn Map Room” learn about the exciting new program run by Penn Libraries.

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Presented by AL DÍA, you're invited to attend an evening of food, wine, and conversation in celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month. You'll learn from influential guest speakers and be inspired by powerful stories from community members. The "I am a New American" project recognizes the exceptional cultural, social, and economic contributions of local immigrants to the Greater Philadelphia region.

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 5:30pm

Celebrate Juneteenth with the Library Company and National Book Award-winning author Ibram X. Kendi. Kendi’s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America–but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Come to Tarken Recreation Center (3250 Frontenac St.), Mifflin Square Park (6th and Ritner), or Kingsessing Recreation Center (4901 Kingsessing Ave.) for three concurrent block parties. These parties will be a family-fun experience for refugees and non-refugees in the neighborhoods where Philadelphia's refugees live. In line with the "Neighborhoods Beyond Borders" theme, the goal is to promote the spirit of welcome and inclusion. This event is free. Contact: Kerry Coughlin, [email protected].

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Chinese American Women's Sisterhood Society of Philadelphia presents "Intergenerational Storytelling and Chinese Folk Dances: How Our Past Journeys Shape the Future of Our Children." This event is free. Contact: Margaret Bernardi, [email protected].

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 9:30am - Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 5:00pm

For a limited production run, beginning on June 19 (Juneteenth) — the holiday that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the Confederate States of America — visitors can experience FOURTEEN, a moving theatrical performance that sheds new light on the Reconstruction era and the ratification of the 14th Amendment.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

This month’s History After Hours includes an evening of self-expression celebrating the contributions of LGBTQ people in the ongoing Revolution.

If someone’s only introduction to you was reading your writing, how would you present yourself on paper? Read how people corresponded and learn how those messages could be construed, coded, and claimed, and try your hand at writing your own letter using historical materials.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

This summer, explore the voices, viewpoints, and experiences of the diverse people of the Revolutionary era. Inside the Museum and on the outdoor plaza, costumed historical interpreters will make history come alive through theatrical performances, dynamic storytelling, and hands-on demonstrations.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - Friday, June 28, 2019

Announcing a small-group Wine & Food Lover’s Tour of Piemonte, Italy

Tour Highlights:

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Transfer Your Skills to the American Work System. This forum will provide systems information about immigrant integration into Philadelphia's workforce.

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 5:15pm - 7:15pm

Jim Acosta's latest book, The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America, is his first-hand account about reporting on the current White House. Sponsored by Wilmington Trust.

About the Event:

With politics growing more polarized by the day, and the free press under attack from across the political spectrum, it’s no wonder we live in a world where #FakeNews has become a staple in today’s lexicon.

Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 1:30pm

The Olney neighborhood of Philadelphia is one of the most ethnically diverse communities in Pennsylvania, and this is definitely reflected in the food culture of the main business district along North 5th Street. Join us on a journey of discovering the hidden culinary treasures of this underrated corner of the city.

Participants on this tour will:

Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 11:00am - 6:00pm

Ourchive215 presents the People’s Festival, a FREE celebration of arts and activism at Vernon Park. The People’s Festival is a day of music, art instruction and poetry that is dedicated to promoting building better quality of life for all.

Friday, June 14, 2019 - 10:00am - 6:00pm
Friday, June 14, 2019 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

How did silk flags like General Washington’s Commander in Chief’s Standard survive battles, and what stories can they tell us about symbols and causes? Throughout this weekend, add a stitch to a reproduction of a Revolutionary flag, design your own flag, and try cutting a six-pointed star like the one on the Washington Standard.