The Local Archive and the Semiquincentennial: A Forum | 10 March 2023

With the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence just three years away, many archives and museums are turning their attention to planning for the United States’ semiquincentennial. Philadelphia institutions are, unsurprisingly, at the forefront of this activity. 


Upcoming Events

The Conestoga “Commonwealth”: Indigenous Constitutionalism and Settler Counter-Sovereignty

Friday Seminar
Matthew Kruer, University of Chicago
Feb 10, 2023 at - | Location: McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 3355 Woodland Walk/Zoom

Matthew Kruer is an Assistant Professor of Early North American History at the University of Chicago. He specializes in early American and Indigenous histories, with a focus on the relationship between small Indigenous…

New Orleans, the “Natural Depot” for Mexican Specie (1821-1861)

Brown Bag Session
Manuel A. Bautista González, University of Oxford
Feb 15, 2023 at - | Zoom Only

Papers are circulated in advance. For copies, please contact the McNeil Center office.  -- Manuel Bautista González is a financial historian of the Americas, focusing on the United States and Mexico. He is currently a…

An Archive of Crushes: Love, Latinidad, and the Vastness of Early American Feeling

Friday Seminar
Ana Schwartz, University of Texas at Austin
Feb 24, 2023 at - | Location: Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street/Zoom

Ana Schwartz is the author of Unmoored: The Search for Sincerity in Colonial America (OIEAHC January 2023), a case study in the history of the desire to escape history. Since completing this work, she has been…

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.