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 birth of American democracy. It pains us greatly that all these years later, our nation's promise has yet to be fulfilled.  We join all Americans of good will in deploring the senseless murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. Over these past months the Society has hosted a number of virtual programs.  Even as we now resume our work with the offering of new programs, our attention remains focused on the senseless loss of innocent lives and our commitment to the difficult, necessary conversations and actions we must all take to begin to ensure that such tragedies end. Read more about virtual programming and resources that can be accessed remotely. Read more about the APS response to COVID-19.

In the Heart of Philadelphia: The Story of Library Hall

2018
Center for Digital Scholarship

This digital gallery was created by the Center for Digital Scholarship.


This digital exhibition invites you to explore the story of Library Hall, showcasing the different phases of its construction and the historical context in which this building came to life. The above StoryMap allows us to track the movement of the Library as it searched for permanent space. The galleries below offer the opportunity for further exploration of the building's rich history.