Public Programs at Paley: November 29--The American Idea of Museums

The American Idea of Museums

The American Idea of Museums: A Conversation with Steven Conn, Blake Bradford and Susan Glassman

November 29, 4 PM, Paley Library Lecture Hall


Charles Willson Peale opened one of the first American museums in Philadelphia in 1786 with the intention of educating all curious citizens regardless of social class and educational background. This truly American, democratic notion differed from European models, many of which sought to display royal riches. Join us as The Ohio State University’s Steven Conn, Susan Glassman of the Wagner Free Institute of Science in Philadelphia and the Barnes Foundation’s Blake Bradford discuss how democratic ideals in museums have both lived on and changed. This program will be moderated by Kenneth Finkel, distinguished lecturer in the Department of American Studies.