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The Building of the Girard College for Orphans with Candace Hesselbart

Athenaeum Assistant Librarian Candace Hesselbart teaches us about the collections regarding the building of Girard College

For her MSLIS degree with Drexel, Candace was required to complete a Capstone Project. For this requirement, Candace worked at the Athenaeum processing our Thomas Ustick Walter Archival Manuscript Collection, the first to do so since the collection's initial acquisition and organization. Sorting through the proposals and subsequent correspondences for the building of the Girard College of Orphans here in Philadelphia, she was able to see both the successes and difficulties that the architect Thomas Ustick Walter faced as he designed, and oversaw the construction of, the most expensive building in the United States during the mid 19th century.

Candace currently holds a BA in Geography & Anthropology, and has worked with a variety of organizations including the Northeastern Archaeological Research Center, the North American Archaeology Laboratory in the Museum of Natural History in New York, The Victoria Mansion Historic Home in Portland, Maine, and at the Athenaeum as the Assistant Librarian. She recently accepted a position to work in the Historical Medical Library at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. She will receive her MS in Library and Information Science from Drexel University this June.

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