As of July 6th, APS offices are open to staff and invited visitors. The Society will remain closed to the public for at least the rest of the summer. Library & Museum staff now have access to our collections and will respond to reference and photoduplication requests as soon as possible. However, please note that response times may be delayed due to increased demand. The Society will continue a robust slate of virtual programs throughout the summer and fall. Read more about virtual programming and resources that can be accessed remotely. For further information on the APS reopening and its COVID response, please click here.

George Washington, the Surveyor

6 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

Register here

Registration currently at capacity. Sign-up for the wait list using the link above. 

APS Museum

104 South Fifth Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106 

George Washington standing in a garden

Thursday, June 27 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

NOTE: Registration for this program is full. If you would like to sign-up for the wait list, please follow instructions on the ticket/registration page.


This program is free but registration is required. Space will be limited to 40 guests.

What do you think of when you hear ‘George Washington’? President, commander, and other stately terms likely come to mind. Often forgotten on that list is the word ‘surveyor.’ In fact, most do not know that George Washington, in his youth, had spent time as a surveyor.

So, join us at the American Philosophical Society Museum to witness George Washington as he recalls his youth as a surveyor. Written and performed by John Lopes and brought to you by Historic Philadelphia, Inc. this evening is sure to enchant and add a few new words to your Washington vocabulary. Before and after this program, be sure to swing into the museum to see a survey done by George Washington.


This program is free but registration is required. RSVP here.

Space will be limited to 40 guests.


Image credit: Anthony Sinagoga