Thursday, October 24, 2013

MARAC in Philadelphia: Events Blogs

by Amanda McKnight, Local Arrangements Committee

If you are looking for what to do around Philly last minute, here are some helpful links that outline what to do in the area:
  • Uwishunu is a fantastic resource that I use all the time to see what’s going on. The weekend guide will be especially helpful to see the top events for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It also has the option to look up events by date or neighborhood.
  • Visit Philly shows events and attractions from Philadelphia and the Countryside. This website lets you know what all the top attractions are from the Mutter Museum to Rittenhouse Square to the Liberty Bell Center.
  • Philly Fun Guide offers lists of events from theatre to music to the outdoors and even has a tab that provides a listing of free events!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

News from College of William & Mary

Celebrate American Archives Month by voting for the item from William & Mary's Swem’s Special Collections you find most interesting. During the month of October, items selected from Special Collections will be competing for the public’s vote. You will have to choose between letters, scrapbooks, diaries, rare books, memorabilia and artifacts.

Voting is open to anyone and will be conducted both on-site and online. Individuals may vote once online (at Facebook or Flickr) and once on-site. Voting will end on Monday, October 28 at 3 p.m. One winner will be selected from online and one from on-site voters. A grand prize student winner will also be selected. Winners will receive Swem Library gift packages, including sticky notes, pencils, a t-shirt and other “Swemorabilia”. The grand prize student winner will receive a personal behind the scenes tour of Special Collections for up to 5 friends, coffee at the Mews and a Swem Library gift package.

American Archives Month is a collaborative effort by professional organizations and repositories around the nation to highlight the importance of records of enduring value. Archivists are professionals who assess, collect, organize, preserve, maintain control of, and provide access to information that has lasting value, and they help people find and understand the information they need in those records.

For more information about Swem Library and its collections, please visit

Thursday, October 17, 2013

MARAC in Philadelphia: Temple University, Historic Urban Educational Landmark

by Katy Rawdon, Local Arrangements Committee

In 1884, a working-class printer with little education named Charles M. Davies asked Russell Conwell, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in North Philadelphia, to tutor him at night. One pupil quickly became several, and Conwell soon recruited other volunteer teachers and moved classes to the basement of his church. The night classes grew quickly in size, and in 1888 Temple College was chartered and incorporated, “intended primarily for the benefit of Working Men.” The congregation of Conwell’s church grew rapidly as well under Conwell’s leadership, leading to the construction of a new church building known as the “Baptist Temple.” Its founding location continues to serve as Temple’s main campus—located approximately two miles north of Center City Philadelphia.

Temple University along Broad Street. Photo by author.

From these beginnings grew Temple University as it exists today: a major coeducational research university that includes seventeen schools and colleges, nine campuses in three countries, hundreds of degree programs including schools of law, medicine, and business, and more than 35,000 students. Temple has been recognized as one of the most diverse universities in the country. Temple University Libraries serves the university's many schools and campuses, ranks among the top university research libraries in North America, and is a member of the Association of Research Libraries.

Samuel L. Paley Library, 1966. Special Collections Research Center, Temple University.
Temple’s history and mission can be found within the university traditions and on the campus itself. The Baptist Temple still stands, and currently serves as the Temple Performing Arts Center. Russell Conwell himself is buried on campus (perhaps peacefully, perhaps not) in the Founder’s Garden. The university motto, Perseverantia Vincit, or “Perseverance Conquers” reflects Temple’s origins as a night school for motivated students, as does its mascot, the nocturnal owl. The Temple “T,” symbol of the university, was designed by a student in the Tyler School of Art, and features open ends intended to represent the free exchange of ideas.

The main campus is urban, eclectic, and always alive and busy – a compact space for an enormous community of students, faculty, and staff. Food trucks line every block, and on a fair weather day, students can be found spread out on “Beury beach,” a rare spot of green grass near the Bell Tower and opposite from Paley Library. Paley itself is a monument of 1960s-era architecture. Other notable buildings on the main campus include the new Tyler School of Art, the Gothic Mitten Hall, and Sullivan Hall, former home of the main university library, and current location of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection.

Within Paley Library, the Special Collections Research Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the Libraries’ rare books, manuscripts, archives, and University records, to support research, teaching, learning, and administration at the university. The SCRC was established in 2011, merging the staff and collections of the former Special Collections and Urban Archives departments. Like the university, SCRC collections are large and diverse. Collecting areas include the Contemporary Culture Collection, Conwellana-Templana (University Archives), the Paskow Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection, the Philadelphia Dance Collection, the Philadelphia Jewish Archives, Printing, Publishing, and Bookselling, rare books, and the Urban Archives. Recent estimates of the size of SCRC’s collections weigh in at a hefty 60,000 linear feet of archives and manuscript collections, and around 200,000 rare books. The SCRC reading room is open to all during the regular hours of Monday-Friday, 8:30-5:30.

Special Collections Research Center reading room. Photo by author.

MARAC is offering a tour of the Special Collections Research Center on Thursday morning, November 7. The behind the scenes tour will include the reading room, storage areas, and the current exhibition featuring significant acquisitions from 1966 to the present. After the tour there will be plenty of time to walk around the campus, eat at the nearby food trucks for lunch, or visit the Blockson Collection or the Wagner Free Institute of Science, a Victorian natural science and history museum and educational institution located a half mile away. The tour is not yet filled, so be sure to register for the tour when you register for the conference (registrations will be accepted until October 23). If you have already registered for the conference, you can still sign up for the tour by contacting the MARAC administrator. Registrations will also be accepted on-site at the conference as space allows.

Items from the Special Collections Research Center. Photo by author.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

MARAC in Philadelphia: Benjamin Franklin Sightings

by Sarah Weatherwax, Local Arrangements Committee

Benjamin Franklin is surely one of the names most closely associated with Philadelphia’s past and his presence is very visible around the city today. For those of you who sign up for a tour of the American Philosophical Society, you will see a statue of Ben Franklin looming over the entrance. Franklin founded APS in 1743, but 12 years earlier he established the Library Company of Philadelphia (1314 Locust Street) whose building is also adorned with a Franklin statue. For those who want to venture even further from the hotel, keep going west to the Franklin Institute on the Parkway. Although not founded by Franklin, the institution’s mission is to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology, certainly something that would have pleased Benjamin. Crossing over the Schuylkill River into West Philadelphia takes you to the University of Pennsylvania (yet another institution founded by Franklin) and featuring a handsome statue of Franklin in front of College Hall.

Statue of Benjamin Franklin in front of College Hall

The less adventuresome or those with less free time can find plenty of opportunities to see Franklin close by the hotel in Old City. The Benjamin Franklin Museum located at Franklin Court with entrances on Market and Chestnut Streets between 3rd and 4th Streets, just opened in the fall and is located in close proximity to the Franklin Post Office and Franklin Printing Office. Only about a block away is Franklin’s final resting site in the graveyard of Christ Church. As you wander about the Old City and National Independence Historic Park area, be sure to keep an eye out for Benjamin Franklin, himself, as portrayed by an actor in historic garb. From bridges to elementary schools to plumbers to apartment buildings, it is not hard to find something with the name Franklin attached to it, but the one business you must check out is the Franklin Fountain at 116 Market Street and treat yourself to some delicious ice cream.

Ben Franklin's Grave by Matt McGee

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

MARAC in Philadelphia: Where Can I Get a Drink In This Town?

by Sarah Seraphin, Local Arrangements Committee

Philadelphia is known as a “city of neighborhoods.” If you’re thinking of venturing out in the evening, the reality of that moniker might overwhelm you. Each Philadelphia neighborhood has a truly unique character. If you haven’t visited us for a while, you will find the restaurant and bar scene has exploded over the past decade. Here’s a guide to help you find a nice place to relax and have fun while you’re in town. Consider it as a “choose your own adventure” tour of some of the many bars our city has to offer. Don’t forget, bars in Philadelphia close at 2am!

Do you want something scenic and convenient? Choose the bar in the conference hotel!
Keatings River Grill in the Hyatt at Penn’s Landing has happy hour specials Monday – Friday from 5pm to 7pm. Prices ($3 draft beers and $4 house wines) are extremely reasonable for a hotel bar, especially one that overlooks the Delaware River!

20c Penn's Landing (E) by Kansas Sebastian

Do you want to take a short walk? Head over to Old City!
Right on the other side of Columbus Boulevard is Old City, the Philadelphia historic district. This area is well known for the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House, the Constitution Center and much more. It is also the neighborhood with the highest concentration of bars, restaurants and clubs in the city. You may like this area if you are looking to try out a few different options. Bear in mind, most of the places in Old City a relatively small. The happy hour crowd in Old City is typically professionals coming from work and a little bit of the tourist crowd. At night, especially Thursday through Saturday, the vibe is a bit more youthful. The clubs in this area tend to open around 10 or 11pm and things can get rowdy late at night.

Philadelphia 11 by Photommo

There are many options to choose from in Old City, so where do you want to go?

Looking for a huge beer selection? Choose Eulogy!
Eulogy, at 136 Chestnut Street can be easily reached by foot from the Hyatt via the Chestnut Street Bridge. You’ll find that this Belgian tavern has hundreds of beers for you to choose from. The space is small, but Thursdays through Sundays a second bar is open upstairs.

One of the wonderful Philly bars by craigemorsels

Looking for a fancy cocktail? Choose the Continental!
You’ll find the diner-style martini bar on the corner of 2nd and Market Streets. A classic spot for fun drinks and people watching, this bar is a long time Old City staple. It’s not recommended for large groups, but perfect for couples and trios!

Continental by Kevin H.

Looking for a classic cocktail? Choose Sassafras!
This bar on 2nd Street, between Market and Chestnut Streets has terrific atmosphere-- very mellow, excellent lighting, and classic drinks. Good for a medium sized group. Also a great spot for loners! TVs at the bar, and good old fashioned friendly bartenders to keep you company as you unwind.

Sassafras Restaurant 2nd Street Philadelphia by A.Currell

Looking for a fun bar with a friendly environment? Choose Mac’s Tavern!
At 226 Market Street, Mac’s is the closest thing to a true “Philadelphia bar experience” that you will get in Old City. This is the old Skinner’s Tavern, now owned by Rob and Kaitlin McElhenney, of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fame. You’ll find a good selection of cheap beer, a sports loving crowd, some hipsters, and ample seating.

Looking for that true Philadelphia bar experience? Time to head off into Center City!
Sure, this is a pretty subjective concept, but as a life-long resident of the Philadelphia area (who worked in the hospitality industry for over six years) I think I can offer some insight into what an authentic Philadelphia bar is… but the truth is, it is not one single type of place. One street in Center City seems to capture it all: Sansom Street. Sansom is a small, alley-like street between Walnut and Chestnut Streets.

Sansom Street by Marisa | Food in Jars

Catch a cab “downtown” to 16th and Sansom Streets and head to the Oyster House for buck-a-shuck oysters and $5 martinis from 5 to 7 pm. Get yourself a seat at the bar. Two doors over you’ll find Oscar’s Tavern. Oscar’s doesn’t have a website, but do yourself a favor and skip the Yelp reviews about it. If you like dive bars, you will like Oscar’s! Looking for an Irish bar? Head down over Broad Street to Fergie’s Pub at 1214 Sansom. You’ll find a classic pub environment with friendly service. Get there before 9pm on Thursday night and sign up for Quizzo! The good thing about this general area is that there are a lot of fun options; but if you’re exploring, don’t bother heading north of Chestnut Street because that’s the business district.

Feeling stylish? Head over to Rittenhouse Square!
On 18th Street between Chestnut and Locust Streets you’ll find a number of fun bistros and cocktail lounges with a classy feel. Check out Rouge for a view of the park. Step down into the Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co and find a speakeasy-style bar with creative cocktails. Walk over to 20th and Sansom and check out the bar at Village Whiskey for fancy drinks and great food!

Rittenhouse Square by jdv+

rouge, philadelphia by cafemama

Feeling adventurous? Heading back?
There are countless places around the city to have a good time. Most of the above options are walkable from the conference hotel, or centrally located in areas frequented by cabs. There are a lot of fun bars in the Northern Liberties and East Passyunk neighborhoods as well. If you find a place that you’re interested in that’s off the beaten path, grab a cab there, but make sure to get the phone number for that taxi service! You will find it hard to find a return cab in some of these areas. In my experience, you will usually pay no more than $10 to some of the more remote nightlife locations. Have fun, but be safe, and never drink and drive.

Northern Liberties Neighborhood by Matt Kowal

Summer night on East Passyunk Ave. by chrisinphilly5448

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

MARAC in Philadelphia: Food and Fun near the Barnes

by Barbara Beaucar and Amanda McKnight, Local Arrangements Committee

Barnes Museum by dbaron

If you’re planning to join our tour of the Barnes Foundation on Thursday, November 7, you may want to consider spending the morning in the neighborhood, Logan Circle (or Logan Square). The square was once used for public executions in the 1700s but it has changed dramatically since then! Today, Logan Circle is home to the Academy of Natural Sciences, Moore College of Art and Design, the Franklin Institute, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. The Circle is bounded on the west by 20th Street and the Barnes Foundation’s new building is located between 20th and 21st Streets.

Why is the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University the coolest place on Logan Circle? Because they have dinosaurs! Not just old bones stuck together with glue but life-sized moving dinosaurs in the exhibition, “Dinosaurs Unearthed.” AND they have a butterfly garden. Magical. The academy is open from 10AM – 4:30. Admission is $15.00.

Diorama, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, by Nathan Rein

Moore College of Art will open two new art exhibitions this month that run through the end of the year. “Retulled: Selections from Jumpstart,” presented in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Ballet’s 50th anniversary,” features ballet tutus designed by the students, and the “2013 Triennial Faculty Exhibition.” The galleries are open from 11AM – 5PM, admission is FREE.

The Franklin Institute has a giant heart. Really. You can walk through it! When I was a kid, I loved this exhibit! The institute also has an IMAX dome theatre which spans 180 degrees across and is tilted at 30 degrees. “The special seating places the audience up in the dome completely involving them in the show.” The institute is open from 9:30AM - 5PM. Admission is $16.50, and the theatre is an additional $6.00.

Franklin Institute by InSapphoWeTrust

Our neighbor, the Free Library of Philadelphia, has two interesting offerings on November 7 when MARAC is in town. First, an exhibition presented by the Rare Book Department entitled, “Of Money and Magic: The Industry and Artistry of Early American Film,” and also a lecture by Katrina van Grouw, a natural history illustrator and author of The Unfeathered Bird. The library is open from 9AM – 6PM. The author lecture is FREE and begins at 7:30PM.

Free Library of Philadelphia by il.irenelee

The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, whose main sanctuary comfortably holds 2,000 worshippers, is the largest Roman Catholic church in Pennsylvania and the head of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Don’t be deceived by its drab brownstone fa├žade. The dome seen from its interior is really breath-taking.

Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul by PMillera4

Our other neighbor, the Rodin Museum, claims that it is “one of the most revered destinations on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.” (I guess the Barnes is still too new to be “revered” but just wait!) This beautiful building, recently restored, was created by Paul Philippe Cret, the same Beaux-Arts architect that Dr. Barnes hired in 1922 to design our original building. The museum is open from 10AM – 5PM. Suggested admission is $8.00.

And, if you get hungry after all your sightseeing...

Newly opened in September, Pizzeria Vetri offers the usual pizzeria fare of pizzas and salads. At 1939 Callowhill Street, it is just one block east of the Foundation.

McCrossen's Tavern is a tiny gastropub, slightly north of the Foundation at 529 N 20th Street. They usually have yummy specials like brandade and bone marrow.

The Belgian Cafe is an excellent spot for craft beer and mussels. Only a short two block walk north at 21st and Green street.

The Belgian Cafe - Main Room by ZagatBuzz

Just two blocks east of the Foundation on Callowhill are several restaurants serving up a variety of cuisines:

Sabrina's Cafe is a popular brunch spot that also serves lunch and dinner and is a favorite of the Archives, Libraries and Special Collections department at the Barnes Foundation. It has large portions of amazing diner classics as well as specials you can’t get anywhere else. 1804 Callowhill Street.

Doma is a great spot if you are craving sushi. 1822 Callowhill Street.

If you are more in the mood for Indian, King of Tandoor is one of my favorites in the city. 1824 Callowhill Street.

Kite and Key has great bar with many beers on draft or by the bottle. They serve up great flatbread pizzas and sandwiches. 1836 Callowhill Street.

Kite and Key by fixedgear

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

News from the MARAC Chair

Cheverly, MD (not College Park, MD) – October 8: Greetings fellow MARAC Members. As I write this, we are in day 7 of the government shutdown, and I, like many of my MARAC colleagues have been furloughed for the past week. I wanted to reach out to everyone to let people know that while many of us have been away from the office – MARAC is still on the job and preparing for our meeting in Philadelphia in one month’s time.
Tammy Hoffman, our MARAC Administrator, let me know the other day that as of the early bird deadline – there were over 300 registrations for the meeting, which will take place on November 7-9. We have also exhausted our room block at the conference hotel – but MARAC Vice Chair Mary Mannix is hard at work finding additional hotel rooms for those looking for a place to stay in the City of Brotherly Love.
I sincerely hope that all of you who are affected by the shutdown are faring well. I have been spending my time doing some “home” work (I read a colleague’s Facebook post where she referred to her “shutdown to-do” list left by her husband) and performing some records management for other organizations in which I serve. I am also picking up my boys at the end of their school day, rather than them staying for aftercare – so I am getting back to my teaching roots with homework in the late afternoon.
MARAC is an organization with so many of us working in government, I am sure we all have stories to tell. Please feel free to send your “shutdown stories” to me or directly to MARAC and we can post some of them here on the MARAC blog!
I look forward to seeing many of you in Philadelphia in November!

Monday, October 7, 2013

MARAC in Philadelphia: Restricted Diet Eating – and Eating Well!

by Katy Rawdon, Local Arrangements Committee

Much has been made about Philadelphia being a foodie paradise, and it is true that for those of us who love to eat, and eat well, Philadelphia is heaven in quantity, quality, and variety of restaurants. Many people, however, are on restricted diets, and this can cut largely into the joy that eating around a new city should bring. As someone who has been on an increasingly restricted diet during my fourteen-plus years in this city, I can reassure you limited-ingredient folks that Philadelphia is an excellent place to visit and eat regardless of your dietary inclinations.

Listed below are recommendations for vegetarian and vegan, gluten-free, kosher, and halal friendly eats. I have included the distance from the conference hotel, street address, and web site for each restaurant. Many of the restaurants fit into more than one category, so please read the whole post for all of the recommendations. If anyone has additional recommendations for any sort of diet-restricted eats, please add them to the comments!

Vegetarian and Vegan

Ramen at Vedge by aetchells

Zahav (0.3 miles, 237 St. James Place,
Zahav is a fabulous, delicious, fascinating, and pricy place to eat. Serving middle eastern and Israeli food in small plates and larger dishes, it is not solely vegetarian but offers plenty of veggie options. It is also good for the gluten-free among us.

Khyber Pass Pub (0.4 miles, 56 S. 3nd Street,
A bar that has vegan pulled pork, vegan sausage, and vegan fried chicken? Yes.

Vedge (1.2 miles, 1221 Locust Street,
Eating at Vedge is both expensive and glorious. Located in the former townhouse home of my all-time favorite restaurant, Deux Chimnees, Vedge very nearly makes up for the loss of that now-closed restaurant. This is vegan dining that even the most meat-oriented person will enjoy. Great cocktails complement the mostly small plates food, and they offer good happy hour specials. Vedge can also cater to gluten-free eating and other food allergies. Make reservations as far in advance as possible!

Sweet Freedom (1.6 miles, 1424 South Street,
Sweet Freedom is a vegan bakery on South Street near Broad. They are also kosher, and have gluten-free options. Oh, and also soy-free, corn-free, peanut-free, and sugar-free options. Seriously.

Sweet Freedom by alexabboud

Gluten Free

Ristorante Panorama (0.3 miles, Front and Market Streets,
I haven’t tried this restaurant located in the Penn’s View Hotel, but I know as a gluten-free foodie, sometimes I just want pasta. And nothing else will do. This Italian restaurant carries pasta made from quinoa and brown rice, and most of their non-pasta entrees are gluten-free, as well. Plus, it’s very close to the conference hotel.

Lite Choice (0.5 miles, 135 South Street, and 1.5 miles, 1528 Walnut Street,
I’m not sure exactly what gluten-free ice cream is, but apparently they have it. It’s kosher, too.

Taffets (1.4 miles, 1024 S. 9th Street,
This little bakery is a hike from the hotel, but worth it if you are gluten-free and craving real bread or other baked goods. These people know what they’re doing. Also, you can check out the Italian market while you’re there – reason enough to make the trip!


Homemade Goodies by Roz (0.7 miles, 510 S. 5th Street,
A kosher and non-dairy bakery, they carry cookies, cakes, challah, muffins, scones and more.

Pomegranates Cafe (0.7 miles, 101 S. Independence Mall East, Cafe at the National Museum of American Jewish History. Kosher options.

Hamifgash (0.8 miles, 811-13 Sansom Street,
Hamifgash is a BYOB Turkish, glatt kosher, and vegetarian restaurant serving a variety of dishes including sandwiches, grilled entrees, fish, falafel, and salads.

Blackbird Pizzeria (0.8 miles, 507 S. 6th Street, Blackbird is vegan as well as kosher! (1.8 miles, 1901 Chestnut Street, A glatt kosher burger place, offering beef, lamb, turkey, chicken, fish, and veggie burgers, as well as fries, salads, platters, and soup.

Za [at Blackbird Pizzeria] by williumbillium


Ariana Restaurant (0.4 miles, 134 Chestnut Street,
Very close to the hotel is this BYOB Halal Afghan restaurant. Plus: Hookah lounge.

Halal Gyro King (1.2 miles, 12th and Chestnut Streets)
A little lunch cart with a big following. Many Halal food trucks can be found throughout the city!

Quetta Halal Market (2.2 miles, 500 S. 23rd Street)
Alas, most Halal places aren’t near the conference hotel, and this is no exception – however, it’s the closest halal market that I know of.

Saad's Halal Restaurant (3.9 miles, 4500 Walnut Street,
For the adventurous and urban-terrain savvy archivist, West Philadelphia is the best bet for Halal options. Saad’s is reported to be one of the best Halal restaurants in Philly.

Kabobeesh (3.7 miles, 4201 Chestnut Street,
In the same neighborhood as Saad’s is another popular option, Kabobeesh. Kabobs, Indian dishes, meats, vegetarian, you name it! A second location is opening on South Street in November – maybe by the conference, maybe not.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

MARAC in Philadelphia: Dine Around

by Alexis Antracoli, Local Arrangements Committee

   I hope everyone is excited about arriving in Philadelphia soon for the fall MARAC meeting! To help introduce visiting archivists to Philadelphia and each other, the Local Arrangements Committee has planned a dine around for Thursday November 7, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Participants will have the opportunity to try a local Philadelphia restaurant with a small group of other conference attendees. If you are interested in attending, look for the sign-up sheet when you register on November 6th or 7th. To help you make your choice, you will find brief descriptions of the restaurant options, along with links to websites and menus below. The Local Arrangements Committee is excited to welcome you to Philadelphia and introduce you to some of the great food our city has to offer.
Han Dynasty at 108 Chestnut Street in Old City
Han Dynasty is a Sichuan Chinese restaurant with several locations in the Philadelphia area. It has been voted one of the top 50 Chinese restaurants in the United States. Many of the dishes are spicy, and the Dan Dan Noodles are a customer favorite. You can check out the menu at on their website
Marrakesh at 517 S Leithgow St.
Marrakesh is a Moroccan restaurant located just south of Old City in Philadelphia’s Society Hill neighborhood. Dishes include a number of meat and vegetarian options and are served over seven courses. A sample menu is available on their website:
City Tavern at 138 S. 2nd Street
City Tavern is located in the heart of Old City near many of Philadelphia’s historical sites. The restaurant serves classic American dishes and locally-brewed beer in an 18th-century tavern environment. You can try the Taste of History beer sampler or turkey pot. Their website provides more information:
El Vez at 121 S. 13th St.
El Vez is a bright and lively Mexican restaurant in Center City, located near Market East. Try their tacos or enchiladas or sample their guacamole menu! El Vez also has vegetarian options. Check it out at: .
Karma at 112 Chestnut St.
Karma is an Indian restaurant in Old City located very close to the conference hotel that and has been featured on the tv show Best of Philadelphia. The menu includes a full range of vegetarian and meat dishes. Check out their offerings at .
Sampan at 124 S. 13th St.
Sampan is a contemporary Asian restaurant in Midtown Village, which include small and large plates. In addition to their regular dinner menu, Sampan also features separate vegetarian and gluten free menus. You can browse the options at
Dandelion Pub at 124 S. 18th St.
A classic English pub near Rittenhouse Square, the Dandelion is a great place to get fish and chips and a pint. You can browse their full menu at:
Percy Street BBQ at 900 South St.
Located on bustling South Street, Percy Street BBQ is exactly what you would expect, a great place for ribs and brisket. To see their full menu visit
La Famiglia at 8 South Front Street
A classic Italian restaurant in Old City, La Famiglia features a range of seafood and meat options, with antipasti and pasta courses as well. The menu is available on their website:
Continental at 138 Market Street
Continental presents global tapas in a funky atmosphere at the corner of Market and 2nd Street. A short walk from the hotel, it’s a fun place to grab a drink and try a variety of dishes. Check out their menu at:

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

News from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives Opens Six Collections for Research
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives announces the availability for research of six collections of institutional records: three documenting events and activities at the Museum and three comprising records of Museum officials in the 20th century.
Processing of these materials is funded by a generous grant from the Leon Levy Foundation (see information about this foundation below).
Finding aids are now available online for:
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 75th Anniversary Committee records: planning for and events marking the Museum’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1946 and 1947, including a membership campaign to raise funds for the Museum’s planned postwar expansion, special exhibitions at the Museum and elsewhere, and a luncheon honoring General Dwight David Eisenhower for his efforts in recovering art looted by the Nazis during World War II.
  • Irvine McManus records related to “Treasures of Tutankhamun” exhibition: records from the Exhibition Coordinator of the first “blockbuster” exhibition at the Museum of spectacular items from the boy king’s tomb, on loan from the Cairo Museum in Egypt, which also toured six other American museums from 1977 to 1979.
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art records regarding International Council of Museums (ICOM): documenting two international gatherings of museum professionals hosted at The Metropolitan Museum of Art - the International Congress in Art History and Museology (1954) and ICOM’s 7th Annual Conference (1965).
  • Preston Remington records: Curator of Decorative Arts and successor departments at the Metropolitan Museum from 1923 to 1958, and member of the Committee on Architectural Rearrangement (1941-1943) charged with planning for the Museum’s postwar expansion.
  • Albert Ten Eyck Gardner records: research fellow in the Office of the Director, Archivist and Acting Secretary, Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, and Associate Curator of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's 100th Anniversary Committee (1941-1967). The records include research and background information for Gardner’s planned 1970 centennial history of the Metropolitan Museum, which was unpublished at the time of his death in 1967.
  • J. Kenneth Loughry records: Secretary of the Finance Committee, Assistant Treasurer and Treasurer of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1944-1968). The records include financial reports, correspondence, memoranda, and information on a proposed, but never realized, merger with the Whitney Museum of American Art.
These are the first of 15 collections being arranged, described, and cataloged over 27 months with generous funding from the Leon Levy Foundation. Work on the approximately 300 linear feet of records by two full-time archivists began in January 2013. The collections to be processed include records of past Museum directors and senior staff who were intimately involved in the formation, growth, and leadership of the Museum. They include the Museum’s first salaried director, Luigi Palma di Cesnola; the Museum’s fifth director and proponent of educational programming and public outreach, Francis Henry Taylor; the Museum’s sixth director and head of the U.S. Army’s Museums and Fine Arts and Archives section during World War II, James Rorimer; and Thomas Hoving, best known as the driving force behind the Museum’s “blockbuster” exhibitions during his tenure as director from 1966-1977.
The largest collection (approx. 165 linear feet) to be processed in the project funded by the Leon Levy Foundation is the records of the Museum’s Costume Institute, which document this department from its 1937 formation as the independent Museum of Costume Art, through its merger with the Metropolitan Museum in 1946 and its exhibitions of the 1990s. The collection chronicles groundbreaking exhibitions coordinated by the legendary Diana Vreeland including “The World of Balenciaga” (1973), “Romantic and Glamorous Hollywood Design” (1974), “The Glory of Russian Costume” (1976), and “Vanity Fair” (1977).
Announcements will be posted on a rolling basis as additional collections are opened for research.
For information about access to the physical materials at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives, contact archives@metmuseum or visit our website at
About the Leon Levy Foundation
The Leon Levy Foundation, founded in 2004, is a private, not-for-profit foundation created from the estate of Leon Levy, an investor with a longstanding commitment to philanthropy. The Foundation's overarching goal is to support scholarship at the highest level, ultimately advancing knowledge and improving the lives of individuals and society at large.