Meeting Particulars


Members, their spouses (or one family member over the age of 16), and invitees are guests of the Society while attending the Meeting. Members pay personally for their first or only night’s room and tax charges at The Franklin Hotel (4th and Chestnut Streets; 1-215-925-0000) or at the Hotel Monaco (5th and Chestnut Streets; 1-800-KIMPTON). The Society pays room and tax charges for the second night. Those who wish to include additional persons will be billed for their guests’ hotel and meal expenses. Check-in time is 4:00 p.m.; checkout time is 11:00 a.m. When checking out, please pay all charges except the one night allowance. Valet parking is available at both hotels.

Reservations, Changes, Cancellations

Room reservations should be made by calling or emailing The Franklin or the Monaco directly. Also, please register online or complete and return the form you received in the mail. Should your plans change and you or your guests are unable to use all or part of your reservation, please cancel room reservations directly. To cancel meal reservations, contact Annie Westcott at 215-440-3441 or You will be billed for room reservations and meals not canceled 72 hours before your scheduled arrival.


Registration opens in Benjamin Franklin Hall at noon on Thursday, April 26. It reopens each morning of the Meeting at 7:45 a.m. Please sign in and receive a Program, Attendance List, name badge, and other related Meeting materials.

Cell Phones

As a courtesy to our speakers and audience, please silence cell phones in the Auditorium.


Earphones are available at the registration desk to enhance hearing as necessary. Participation in the discussion to follow each presentation or symposium is encouraged. To ensure that everyone is able to hear and appreciate your question or brief comment, please stand upon being recognized by the Chair, wait for the arrival of a microphone, and introduce yourself to the audience.


A continental breakfast will be served in Benjamin Franklin Hall on Friday and Saturday mornings from 7:45 to 9:00 a.m. Luncheon will be served in Benjamin Franklin Hall on both days. In advance of Meeting attendees dining on their own on Thursday evening, there will be a cocktail reception in Benjamin Franklin Hall from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. On Friday evening in Benjamin Franklin Hall, cocktails and a light supper will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Books recently published by the Society, its Members, and Meeting speakers are on display in the registration room.

APS Museum

During the Meeting, Members and guests are encouraged to visit In Franklin's Footsteps: 275 Years at the American Philosophical Society. Now open at the Museum in Philosophical Hall, this exhibition tells the story of the APS, focusing on the contributions of its elected Members and using materials from the Society's renowned collections---from Franklin's library chair to Neil Armstrong's signed and amended copy of the moon landing transcript. 

APS Library

Members and Meeting guests are invited to a special, private showing of Society “treasures” and recent acquisitions by Librarian Patrick Spero on Saturday afternoon, April 28. Please gather in the foyer of Library Hall at 1:30 p.m.


Development Committee meets at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 25, in Library Hall.
Library Committee meets at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, in Library Hall.
Class Committees on Membership meet at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 26, in Philosophical Hall.
New Member Orientation is offered at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 26, in Library Hall.
Council meets at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, in Philosophical Hall.
Members’ Business Meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 27, in Philosophical Hall.