Philadelphia, October 13, 2014 – For the first time since its opening in 1941, the Philadelphia History Museum (formerly known as the Atwater Kent Museum) will host an event to raise public support and awareness for its exhibitions and programs on October 14, 2014 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dubbed “City Social,” the event will take place in the Museum’s circa-1826 historic building and garden located in the heart of the city’s historic district just steps from the Liberty Bell. Mayor Michael A. Nutter and First Lady Lisa J. Nutter have been selected by the Museum to be its first honorees.
“Lisa and I are honored to be recognized by the Philadelphia History Museum, our hometown museum” said Mayor Nutter. “The Philadelphia History Museum engages Philadelphians and visitors with its collections that reflect our city’s rich history and culture. From current exhibitions about Smith Memorial Playground and our reputation as the ‘Workshop of the World’, to educational programming and partnership with History Making Production on the multi-part series Philadelphia: The Great Experiment, the Museum truly has something that everyone can enjoy. “
Mayor Nutter will receive a replica of one of the Museum’s prized artifacts—a wampum belt—signifying friendship, similar to the gift given to William Penn by the Lenape people in 1682. In return, Mayor Nutter will present his 2008 Phillies World Series Championship ring to the Museum for its baseball collection, as well as a hat and t-shirt given to him by the Taney Dragons after their competition in the 2014 Little League World Series. These items will join more than 100,000 objects that comprise the Museum’s material culture collection dating from 1680 to the present day.
“As the official museum of the city of Philadelphia, it is fitting that we acknowledge and pay tribute to our Mayor and his wife for all they do to define and represent our city locally, regionally and nationally,” explained the Museum’s Executive Director, Charles Croce, in commenting on the choice of honorees. “The Museum tells many stories about our hometown history, and this is a way of saying ‘thank you’ for supporting the Museum each year.”
Guests at the event will have an opportunity to meet and greet Mayor and Mrs. Nutter in the Museum’s starlit garden where champagne and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Unique foods representing several Philadelphia neighborhoods and cultures, including Latin, Pan Asian, and European, will be served atop the Museum’s large walkable map of Philadelphia. Locally crafted brews and spirits from Dock Street Brewery and Philadelphia Distilling will also be featured.
For more information please visit www.philadelphiahistory.org/citysocial.