• Monday , 19 February 2018

Philadelphia History Museum Celebrates 75th Anniversary in the Courtyard

Story, photos by Lou Perri

The Philadelphia History Museum hosted its sixth annual Cocktails in the Courtyard garden party on Thursday, June 16, 2016. This year’s retro themed soiree held in the Museum’s Marian Mitchell Garden began at dusk and featured live DJs, local fare, a wine and Tastykake pairing, an outdoor projection display of 70’s-era slides, and the annual “Summer in the City” raffle. Guests were encouraged to dress in their “Summer of ‘75”-inspired best. The event was co-sponsored by Drink Philly.

An event in its 6th year, the Museum’s Cocktails in the Courtyard, hosted by the Young Friends of the museum, has been attended by over 900 Museum members and guests since 2011. Funds raised from Cocktails in the Courtyard support the Young Friends mission to educate Philadelphia’s youth through museum visits for school groups.

The alfresco evening included a photo experience curated by Director of the Collection, Kristen Froehlich. Slides from the Museum’s Neil Benson Photographic Collection was exhibited by a vintage carousel slide and projected onto the museum’s exterior. Photographer Neil Benson offered commentary on the selected images from summers in 1970s Philadelphia. Additional objects from the Museum’s Collection such as T-shirts and posters from South Streets rise were on display in the Main Gallery for one-night-only.

The annual “Summer in the City” raffle included memberships to the Philadelphia History Museum and other area cultural attractions, tickets to Ritz Theaters, a chance to stay at Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, a $100 gift card towards a party at local favorite Howl at the Moon, a 1 month membership and training sessions to Sweat Fitness, and Phillies tickets among other offers.

Fishtown DJs Zenith Channel spun retro beats, including the top hits of 1975, under the summer sky. The party featured lite fare by Panoroma, with specialty sandwiches by Philadelphia’s own Campo’s Deli and appetizers by El Rey. Attendees sipped vodka and lemonade cocktails featuring Penn Rye Vodka by Philadelphia Distilling and enjoyed local summer brews from Dock Street Brewing Co., St. Benjamin’s Brewery, and 2nd Story Brewery. A wine and Tastykake pairing was offered compliments of Penns Woods Winery. Guests also enjoyed water ice from Tranzillis, one of Philadelphia’s oldest sweet treat vendors.

Helene O'Neill, left, a volunteer, and Lisa Costello, of the museum's staff.

Helene O’Neill, left, a volunteer, and Lisa Costello, of the museum’s staff.

Dane Allison, left, and Mlissa Gilrain, museum volunteers.

Dane Allison, left, and Mlissa Gilrain, museum volunteers.

Candis Woodrow, left, and Grace Noah, Leadership Giving Manager, Museum of the American Revolution.

Candis Woodrow, left, and Grace Noah, Leadership Giving Manager, Museum of the American Revolution.

HarmonyPhautz, Ian McGinnis, and Evan Wildsmith, guests at the affair.

HarmonyPhautz, Ian McGinnis, and Evan Wildsmith, guests at the affair.

Laura DiPasquale, Kyle and Cristina Seely, and Kim Broadbent, enjoyed the event.

Laura DiPasquale, Kyle and Cristina Seely, and Kim Broadbent, enjoyed the event.

Jackie Wright and Darnell Holmes are museum friends.

Jackie Wright and Darnell Holmes are museum friends.

Michael Hilferty, left, and Jason Muhlburger.

Michael Hilferty, left, and Jason Muhlburger.

Gretchen Mulligan and Carol Olenschlager are museum friends.

Gretchen Mulligan and Carol Olenschlager are museum friends.

Marianne Murphy, Michael Newell, and Cynthia Little, guests at the garden party.

Marianne Murphy, Michael Newell, and Cynthia Little, guests at the garden party.

Charles Croce, the museum's executive director and CEO, meets with Kelly A. Murphy Senior Manager of Communications & Special Events

Charles Croce, the museum’s executive director and CEO, meets with Kelly A. Murphy
Senior Manager of Communications & Special Events

Kelly A. Murphy, Senior Manager of Communications & Special Events, with her mother, Marianne, and father Terry, and beau, Michael Newell.

Kelly A. Murphy, Senior Manager of Communications & Special Events, with her mother, Marianne, and father Terry, and beau, Michael Newell.

Orlando Almonte, Megan Brokenbrodhough, and Rachel Mancini.

Orlando Almonte, Megan Brokenbrodhough, and Rachel Mancini.

Sarah and Justin Montanti also are friends of the museum.

Sarah and Justin Montanti also are friends of the museum.

Ari Levine and Sarah Dinetz. He's with the museum staff.

Ari Levine and Sarah Dinetz. He’s with the museum staff.

Gretjen Clausing, executive director, Phillycam, and Hugh Mc Hugh, of Overhill Flowers.

Gretjen Clausing, executive director, Phillycam, and Hugh Mc Hugh, of Overhill Flowers.

Peg and Mike and Chris and Dave.

Peg and Mike and Chris and Dave.

Charles Croce and Neil Benson, photographer whose photographs are on display at the museum.

Charles Croce and Neil Benson, photographer whose photographs are on display at the museum.

Urim Morina offers guest a Vodka Lemonade.

Urim Morina offers guest a Vodka Lemonade.

Ed and Jane Garbacz and Janet Hagan.

Ed and Jane Garbacz and Janet Hagan.

Renata Certo-ware and RickMaialle, of Dock Street Brewery.

Renata Certo-ware and RickMaialle, of Dock Street Brewery.

Noel, Meg, and Deb O"toole, guests of the museum.

Noel, Meg, and Deb O”toole, guests of the museum.

Jackie Gillette, Mami Harn, and Arwilla Jones at the garden party.

Jackie Gillette, Mami Harn, and Arwilla Jones at the garden party.

Morgan Marshall and Stephanie Bellomo of 2nd Story.

Morgan Marshall and Stephanie Bellomo of 2nd Story.

Shack Mazzi ffers a pasta dish to a guest.

Shack Mazzi offers a pasta dish to a guest.

A scene of the garden party.

A scene of the garden party.

A scene at the garden party.

A scene at the garden party.

Laura D'Pasquale and Kim Broadbent in circa 75 attire.

Laura D’Pasquale and Kim Broadbent in circa 75 attire.

Amanda White, Kristen Sorrentino, Malinda Barrett, and Paul Whitehouse dressed for the garden party.

Amanda White, Kristen Sorrentino, Malinda Barrett, and Paul Whitehouse dressed for the garden party.

Inside, where a map of Philly streets covers the floor, guests Andrew Oveskovich and Shana Mattesseek out their street location.

Inside, where a map of Philly streets covers the floor, guests Andrew Oveskovich and Shana Mattesseek out their street location.

The Benson photograph exhibit on the second floor.

The Benson photograph exhibit on the second floor.

Another view of the exhibit with photographer Benson in a video to explain it.

Another view of the exhibit with photographer Benson in a video to explain it.

A jacket on display in the exhibit.

A jacket on display in the exhibit.

A pair of Joe Frazier's boxing gloves stands out in the exhibit area on the second floor.

A pair of Joe Frazier’s boxing gloves stands out in the exhibit area on the second floor.

The entrance to the 2nd floor gallery of paintings of prominent people in Philadelphia history.

The entrance to the 2nd floor gallery of paintings of prominent people in Philadelphia history.

Reopened to the public in September 2012 with the completion of a total interior renovation, including all new building systems, the Philadelphia History Museum unveiled redesigned galleries to showcase its outstanding collection of historical objects, art, and artifacts. The Museum, founded by City Ordinance in 1938 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution in Philadelphia, is housed in an historic 1826 building at 15 South 7th Street, designed by John Haviland as the original home of the Franklin Institute. The Museum provides historical context for issues of contemporary urban life using its premier collection of over 100,000 objects, paintings, and photographs in exhibitions, programs, and interactive media.

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