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Anna Shuff
In the summer of 2020, my research at the APS as a Curatorial Intern, has been focused on the effects of climate on the human...
Janine Boldt
Benjamin Franklin was represented in portraits in nearly every medium: painting, prints, sculpture, medallions, ceramic, textiles, etc. According to Franklin himself, his face was “as...
American Philosophical Society
The American Philosophical Society’s Library & Museum is excited to announce our 2020-2021 Fellowship recipients! This year, the Society has awarded five long-term fellowships, one...
American Philosophical Society
By Rosemarie Fettig, Bryn Mawr College 2019 Curatorial Research Intern In my research for Dr. Franklin, Citizen Scientist, I learned that birds crop up with...
Janine Boldt
Above image: Thomas Sully after Bass Otis, Caspar Wistar, 1830 (original 1817). Oil on canvas. APS. If you have spent time in the second-floor conference...
Janine Boldt
This is the second post of a two-part blog. Read part one here. In 1896, the American Philosophical Society acquired its second portrait of Robert...
American Philosophical Society
While the Society will remain closed to the public for the time being, staff have already developed a number of policies meant to safeguard the...
American Philosophical Society
The American Philosophical Society, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, proudly bears the title of the nation's oldest learned society. Our founders participated in the...