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    • Today we're gonna party like it's 1829!

      May 12, 2010

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    • Birthday Party for George W. Childs

      May 10, 2010

      *Birthday Party for George W. Childs* Wednesday, May 12th, 4 to 6 p.m W.W. Hagerty Library, Lower Level You are invited to celebrate the birthday of George W. Childs with the University Archives. A lifelong friend of Anthony J. Drexel, George W. Childs (1829-1894) played a major role in the founding of Drexel. Childs was the first Vice-President of the Board of Trustees of the Drexel Institute, serving as President of the Board upon the death of the Founder. The Archives Reading Room will feature a display materials that document Childs's life and lasting impact on Drexel. All who attend will have the opportunity to examine these 19th-century documents hands-on. Refreshments (including birthday cake) will be served in an adjoining room. Join us on May 12, 2010 from 4 to 6 p.m. where we're gonna party like its 1829! *This event is sponsored by The Good Idea Fund*

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    • Archives open 10-3 on Thursday, May 6

      May 5, 2010

      In order to congratulate winners of the Drexel Library Celebration Awards, the Archives reading room will close at 3 p.m. on May 6. Because we know you need to do research here, we're opening early: at 10 a.m. that day. So set your alarm clock a little early, and come to the Lower Level of Hagerty Library for all your Drexel history needs.

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    • Using Geohistory to uncover Drexel history

      May 4, 2010

      A researcher contacted us recently to ask about local businesses or institutions that used to exist on the present site of Drexel's campus. Fortunately, there is a fine online tool for discovering the geographic history of Drexel and the city beyond: the Greater Philadelphia GeoHistory Network (GPGN). If you'd like to see what Philadelphia used to look like (particularly our little corner of West Philly) check it out! A particularly nice feature is the interactive map viewer, which lets you layer old maps and atlases over today's street maps. G. W. Bromley's 1895 Philadelphia Atlas shows that the Main Building faced the Junction Car Works, which built railroad cars. That's an appropriate coincidence, given Anthony J. Drexel's longtime business connections with the railroad industry. What will you discover on the Philly Geo History network?

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    • Now hiring: archival processing intern

      May 3, 2010

      We're looking for an archival processing intern to work on the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia records processing project!

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