Join your neighbors for an afternoon of adult-focused programs, as well as activities for children, while connecting with our vibrant city's past, present, and future in novel ways.
Come together for:
- Special tours of Philadelphia: The Changing City
- Adult-focused programs such as film screenings, art-making, workshops, and author and expert talks. Learn about the history of Philadelphia as well as current issues like redlining and gerrymandering.
- Special Black History Month events
- A community engagement fair of civic, artistic and cultural institutions
- Exciting pop-up performances
- Activities for children including story-times and crafts
- Free dinner with your friends and neighbors (and snacks throughout the day!)
Philadelphia: The Changing City Day is free and open to all!
This Community Day is drop-in, so stay for as long or as little as you'd like.
Community Day is themed around the Rare Book Department’s fascinating special exhibition, Philadelphia: The Changing City. Images of the city drawn from 300 years of prints, photographs, documents, and maps reveal the planned and unplanned changes that have affected Philadelphia's landscape, its buildings, and its inhabitants.
Also on view will be another special exhibition At These Crossroads: The Legacies of Frederick Douglass and W.E.B. Du Bois.
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While most programs throughout the day are open, some require their own separate registration. Below are those requring registration to date--as the day's schedule comes together, there may be others. We'll send a complete list of all Community Day programs closer to the event.
Philadelphia's Seventh Ward in a Changing City
Learn about black activists during Douglass’s time, read the findings of Du Bois’s Seventh Ward study, and rediscover this historic district.
Pepper Pot Soup: The Changing City
Philadelphia chef Kurt Evans will make pepper pot soup and discuss its historical context related to race, class, and culture in our Changing City.