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Archives of Revolution: A Conference About How We Make the Past | 20-22 June 2024

As we approach a series of 250th anniversaries, the histories of the American Founding have never been more hotly contested.  In the United States, historians regard 2026 with some trepidation and a lot of determination to educate a wary public about the importance of evidence to the interpretation of the past. 

Upcoming Events



“Distressing the distressed”: Poverty and Rent Distraint in Early Republic New York

Brown Bag Session
Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Mar 6, 2024 at - | Location: McNeil Center, Room 105/Zoom

Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan is Assistant Teaching Professor and Coordinator of the Undergraduate Public History Program and Graduate Public Humanities Program at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. She holds a PhD in…



Policing the Montréal-Albany Contraband Trade: The 1730 Trial of Lydius

Friday Seminar
Sarah Templier, University of Ottawa
Mar 8, 2024 at - | Location: Library Company of Philadelphia at 1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107/Zoom

Sarah Templier started as an assistant professor-replacement at the University of Ottawa in the summer of 2020 after obtaining her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Templier is a cultural and social historian of…



“Of virtue becoming their situation”: The Making of Refugee Women's Religious Communities in the 19th-Century Mid-Atlantic

Brown Bag Session
Taneil Ruffin, Princeton University
Mar 20, 2024 at - | Location: McNeil Center, Room 105/Zoom

Papers are circulated in advance. For copies, please contact the McNeil Center office. -- Taneil Ruffin is a PhD candidate in the Department of History and a certificate student in the Department of African American…

About the McNeil Center

Established as the Philadelphia Center for Early American Studies in 1978, and renamed in honor of its benefactor Robert L. McNeil, Jr., in 1998, the McNeil Center facilitates scholarly inquiry into the histories and cultures of North America in the Atlantic world before 1850, with a particular but by no means exclusive emphasis on the mid-Atlantic region.