First Saturdays

Ask the Experts + Open Archives

First Saturdays is our welcome to the community. Offered on the first Saturday of the month (excluding July and August), the program offers free access to the Archives, as well as a featured talk by an expert on prevalent issues relating to historic home and landscape care. Ask questions; get solutions!

This series is FREE, and no pre-registration is required.

Ask the Experts Home & Garden Series

1:30 – 2:30 PM

Special Surfaces, featuring restoration experts Facility Specialists. Cracked marble in your home? Scratched or stained countertops? Dull and uneven floors? Soiled tile? You don’t have to replace or live with deterioration and imperfections in the fine materials in your home. The trained professionals at Facility Specialists have tackled these problems and more. Once again, you can enjoy the unique beauty of your tables, countertops, urns, steps, fireplace surrounds, and floor surfaces. See and hear about safe solutions for granite, slate, quartzite, Corian, terrazzo, marble, wood, hand-crafted tiles, and many others. Baird Standish and Julia Ward, partners of Facility Specialists, share discoveries from their 14 years of experience helping homeowners and building managers clean and restore the allure of special surfaces.

Rain Gardens and Native Plants (expert TBA)

Open Archives

1:00 – 3:00 PM

Discover details about your home or street through architectural drawings, photos, maps, real estate atlases, deeds, and diaries. Archivist Alex Bartlett will guide you through the 20,000+ items to find just what you’re looking for. And while you’re here, explore our exhibit, Discovering Chestnut Hill: Rural Village to Philadelphia Neighborhood.