Did you know that the Philadelphia Museum of Art began as a museum of industrial art? The museum, along with a school (now University of the Arts), was founded in 1876 in order to take advantage of the purchasing opportunities at the Centennial International Exhibition and was called the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art (PMSIA).
The Centennial International Exhibition (Philadelphia, 1876), America’s first world’s fair, was a showcase for American manufacturing and for Philadelphia, then one of the world’s manufacturing giants. Sara MacDonald will present on how PMSIA began and how both institutions evolved to what they are today.
Sara MacDonald has been a librarian in charge of the archives at the University of the Arts since 1987. She co-authored The University of the Arts (ISBN 973854521X) in 2006 with Eugene A. Bolt, Jr. She has presented the institution’s history at conferences and to the UArts community.
Monday, April 23, 2018
Time: 5:30 Refreshments 6:15 Program
Cost: $10 per person if preregistered $15 if not reserved in advance
Place: Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center
You can park in the Circle, closer to the FWWIC
Registration: E-mail names and phone numbers of members and guests to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Reese at 610-692-4456