When Benjamin Franklin and friends decided, in 1743, to establish the American Philosophical Society (APS), they studied nature and called themselves natural philosophers. Now we'd call them scientists but the word "philosophical" stuck. Over the years the APS has gathered and preserved a rich collection that traces American history and science from the Founding Fathers to the computer age. It includes scientific specimens and instruments, patent models, portraits, maps, art works, rare books, and more than ten million manuscripts.
We will meet at 12:30 P.M. on Tuesday, May 4, 2010, in the American Philosophical Society (APS) Museum at 104 South 5th Street (see map) for a sandwich and salad lunch. During lunch, Mary Patterson McPherson, who was President of Bryn Mawr College from 1978 to 1997 and currently leads the APS, will talk about the Society. Lunch will be followed by a tour of the Darwin show in Philosophical Hall for a half hour, then cross 5th Street to see Treasures and the refurbished library, and then if time permits go across Chestnut Street to Benjamin Franklin Hall to see the portraits and Conservation Lab. These buildings are all close together.
Please inform Janelle Haynes (email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 347-328-2598) if you plan to participate in the tour so that preparations may be made for lunch.