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Lunch & Learn at Stenton Helps Us Understand Almanacs

October 27, 2011

In today’s world of the internet, iPhones and minute by minute updates on Twitter, have you ever wondered how early Americans kept track of things? They used almanacs! These pocket-sized volumes held information about each day of the year, and sometimes had extra pages where the owner could write in notes.

These fascinating volumes will be the subject of a Lunch & Learn at Stenton entitled Understanding Almanacs: Content and Use of Almanacs in Early America on Thursday November 3rd at 12:30 PM.  The program will feature Judith Gunston, Curator and Director of Collections at the Rosenbach Museum and Library. Gunston will explore the genesis, form and content of almanacs in early America and their use by those who owned them. She will also discuss what we can learn from them and talk briefly about resources for those who want to learn more. The programs will also highlight Stenton’s recent acquisition of the Norris almanac and the Logan-Fisher almanacs, and compare them to the Norris almanacs in the Rosenbach’s collections.

The  program is free and open to the public, but reservations are kindly requested. To RSVP or for additional information call 215.329.7312 or visit

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