libI love visiting smaller museums and attractions when I visit other cities. I haven’t been to Philadelphia for a while, but on my next trip there I am definitely going to stop into The Library Company of Philadelphia, which specializes in early American history.

About The Library Company of Philadelphia: “The Library Company of Philadelphia is an independent research library specializing in American history and culture from the 17th through the 19th centuries. Open to the public free of charge, the Library Company houses an extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts, broadsides, ephemera, prints, photographs, and works of art. Founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, the Library Company is America’s oldest cultural institution and served as the Library of Congress from the Revolutionary War to 1800. The Library Company was the largest public library in America until the Civil War.”

To hold me over until I get to visit in person, The Library Company of Philadelphia has an extensive collection of Online Exhibitions, like Ardent Spirits – the Origins of the American Temperance Movement.

Visit The Library Company of Philadelphia online collections here.

Learn more about The Library Company of Philadelphia here.