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From Seneca Falls to Philadelphia: Fourth of July 1876 and the Women of the Centennial

Athenaeum of Philadelphia / Philadelphia Center for the Book

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Free Exhibitions & Lectures

Jul 04, 1876 – The Declaration of Women's Rights

The Fourth of July is always a dynamic and important celebration in Philadelphia, but in 1876 the Centennial Exposition added both festivities and tensions to the occasion. To the surprise and consternation of many, Susan B. Anthony and others belonging to the National Woman Suffrage Association presented the Declaration of the Rights of Women of the United States on the steps of Independence Hall. The Athenaeum’s extensive collections regarding the 1876 Centennial Exposition combine in this exhibition with the response of contemporary book artists to the themes of the Centennial, Susan B. Anthony and Women’s Suffrage, and the 1876 Fourth of July. This juried exhibition is accompanied by book arts workshops led by artists from the Philadelphia Center for the Book.

Artistic Credits

Book Artists:
Lesley Mitchell
Beth Uzwiak
Julie Shaw Lutts
Lynn Skordal
Carol Philips
Alina Josan
Val Kremser
Susan Bonthron
Suzanne Reese Horvitz
Nancy Nitzberg


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The Athenaeum of Philadelphia
219 South 6th Street
Phila, PA 19106
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Open 4/1 - 4/27
Mon-Fri: 9am – 5pm
Sat 4/6 & 4/20: 11am – 3pm
Opening Reception 4/5: 5 - 7pm

Book Arts Workshops
4/6: 2pm - 4pm
4/20: 10am - 4pm
Please RSVP to attend


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