David McCullough in Carpenters’ Hall. Photo Credit: Laura Clevenger

David McCullough in Carpenters’ Hall. Photo Credit: Laura Clevenger

The David McCullough Prize for Excellence in American Public History

The McCullough Prize will be awarded annually for great accomplishments in bringing public attention and enthusiasm to American history.  The Prize could be given for a book, theatrical performance, a film, museum exhibition, fine art, music or other platform through which Americans have come to better understand our nation’s past.  A highly prestigious selection panel has been recruited to select the awardees.  A McCullough Prize for Teaching will also be awarded annually to a teacher within our region who has done great work in history, social studies, political science, history, etc. 

Stay tuned for updates as we develop the award and begin the process of selection.

This prize was made possible through the generosity of Landenberger Family Foundation.


Map Chat with Cameron Mactavish

Join us at Carpenters’ Hall for the third lecture in the “Map Chats” series, running throughout the Mapping a Nation exhibition. Today, maps are used in a variety of ways, from artistic pieces to scientific tools. Throughout the program series, join us as we survey the different aspects and opportunities that maps present to us.

Cameron J. Mactavish, AIA, LEED AP, is a founding partner of Voith & Mactavish Architects with over thirty years of design experience. He is a former president of the Carpenters’ Company.

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This event is free and open to the public. Please register at the American Philosophical Society.



Join us July 15th for the 5PM Quarterly Meeting of The Carpenters’ Company at historic Carpenters’ Hall. The Quarterly Dinner will follow.

Please RSVP by July 7th to 


Rocks and Nails:
The Carpenters’ Company and Religious Buildings in Old Philadelphia

Alex Palma, Assistant Director of Carpentersʻ Hall, will discuss the Companyʼs role in building the religious landscape of colonial and early federal Philadelphia. Members of the Carpentersʼ Company are known to have been major contributors to the woodwork in Gloria Dei, for example – in both the Philadelphia Church and the earlier Church in Wilmington.

Additionally, members of the Company worked on St. Josephʼs Catholic Church, the steeple of Christ Church and the Arch Street Meeting House. Alex will also touch on some of the preservation work being done on these churches and other churches in Old Philadelphia by Carpenters’ Company member firms.

Please note, this will be held at Gloria Dei Church!

November 13, 2019.

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Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.
— Robert Kennedy