The Union League Legacy Foundation

The Union League Legacy Foundation The Legacy Foundation is dedicated to the same tenets of freedom and free enterprise upon which the League was founded, and through historic preservation, education, and scholarship promotes these values to inspire more educated and engaged citizens.

The Union League Legacy Foundation inspires and educates Union League members, students, and the greater community to be engaged and responsible citizens, guided by the United States Constitution and the history and values of the League. The Legacy Foundation executes a wide array of programs; it cares for the historic collections, preserves the Union League House, provides civics education progra

The Union League Legacy Foundation inspires and educates Union League members, students, and the greater community to be engaged and responsible citizens, guided by the United States Constitution and the history and values of the League. The Legacy Foundation executes a wide array of programs; it cares for the historic collections, preserves the Union League House, provides civics education progra

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"Let this new image of the great Western thinker, Frederick Douglass, commissioned by The Union League Legacy Foundation...
09/23/2021
John Meko: Why the Union League is honoring the great patriot, abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass with a new portrait

"Let this new image of the great Western thinker, Frederick Douglass, commissioned by The Union League Legacy Foundation, ignite intellectual curiosity in the ideas that shaped his philosophy."

Thank you to Broad + Liberty for publishing this op-ed written by our own John Meko, Executive Director of The Union League Legacy Foundation. Click below to read the full article.

Patriot, abolitionist, educator — why the Union League is honoring Frederick Douglass with a brand new portrait in Philadelphia.

For this episode of the Legacy Foundation's Mondays with Mundy, Historian Jim Mundy explores the incredible artwork on d...
09/20/2021
Mondays with Mundy Broad Street Hallway with Frederick Douglass 9-20-2021

For this episode of the Legacy Foundation's Mondays with Mundy, Historian Jim Mundy explores the incredible artwork on display in The Union League of Philadelphia's Broad Street hallway. This main space within the League House is home to some of the most prominent items in the League's art collection. This now includes the latest addition to the art collection, the recently unveiled portrait of Frederick Douglass by artist Jordan Sokol.

Enjoy this Mondays with Mundy to learn a bit more about these beautiful pieces, and a small piece of the stories behind them. **Please excuse the construction happening in the building in the first part!

For this episode of the Legacy Foundation's Mondays with Mundy, Historian Jim Mundy explores the incredible artwork on display in The Union League of Philade...

The Union League was founded during the darkest days of the Civil War with the mission of saving the Union. The greatest...
09/15/2021

The Union League was founded during the darkest days of the Civil War with the mission of saving the Union. The greatest of all the League's contributions during the war was the effort to educate Americans about the values and philosophy of the American republic and how these values were inconsistent with secession and slavery.

Frederick Douglass was a great abolitionist and patriot who worked side-by-side with the League on many important political and policy issues of the day, including abolition and civil rights. The Legacy Foundation is very proud to honor Douglass' legacy with this newly commissioned artwork, and hope that the addition of this portrait will serve as a reminder of those ideals that Douglass and the League shared.

Tonight, the Legacy Foundation will host an annual celebration - to honor Constitution Day, celebrate another successful...
09/14/2021
Let Frederick Douglass point our way forward | Opinion

Tonight, the Legacy Foundation will host an annual celebration - to honor Constitution Day, celebrate another successful year (especially in light of the continued pandemic), and, the biggest news of all, unveil the latest commission - new portrait of Frederick Douglass.

In an exciting development, and inspired by this project, read this powerful message about Douglass by Robert P. George, published in Newsweek:

Douglass' potent anti-slavery advocacy bore the influences of biblical religion, classical philosophy and the American brand of Enlightenment thought.

We are excited to share that the new Civil War Regiment Memorial Plaque was hung today in the League's Lincoln Memorial ...
09/07/2021

We are excited to share that the new Civil War Regiment Memorial Plaque was hung today in the League's Lincoln Memorial Room! The plaque features a chronological list of the regiments that the Union League helped raise during the Civil War, including 10 Union League Regiments (Pennsylvania Emergency Militias and Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry) and the 11 United States Colored Infantry Regiments. 🇺🇸

The project was made possible through the joint efforts of the Legacy Foundation, the Union League's Armed Services Council, project donors and other benefactors of the Legacy Foundation.

Sarah Mash is a Union League Good Citizenship Award recipient, nominated by Girl Scouts of Eastern PA. Sarah is a gradua...
09/03/2021

Sarah Mash is a Union League Good Citizenship Award recipient, nominated by Girl Scouts of Eastern PA. Sarah is a graduate of Lansdale Catholic High School. She is a freshman at Dickinson College studying criminal justice/political science.

Sarah Mash is a Union League Good Citizenship Award recipient, nominated by Girl Scouts of Eastern PA. Sarah is a graduate of Lansdale Catholic High School. She is a freshman at Dickinson College studying criminal justice/political science.

Nicolette Sullivan is a Union League Good Citizenship Award recipient, nominated by Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. A grad...
09/01/2021

Nicolette Sullivan is a Union League Good Citizenship Award recipient, nominated by Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. A graduate of the Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Nicolette will attend New England Conservatory of Music to study music performance.

Nicolette Sullivan is a Union League Good Citizenship Award recipient, nominated by Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. A graduate of the Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Nicolette will attend New England Conservatory of Music to study music performance.

Meredith Criswell is a Union League Good Citizenship Award recipient, nominated by Philadelphia Flyers Youth Hockey. Mer...
08/30/2021

Meredith Criswell is a Union League Good Citizenship Award recipient, nominated by Philadelphia Flyers Youth Hockey. Meredith was graduated from Spring-Ford High School. She plans to attend Penn State University to study electrical engineering.

Meredith Criswell is a Union League Good Citizenship Award recipient, nominated by Philadelphia Flyers Youth Hockey. Meredith was graduated from Spring-Ford High School. She plans to attend Penn State University to study electrical engineering.

Maxwell Brenneman is a Union League Good Citizenship Award recipient, nominated by HS for Creative and Performing Arts. ...
08/27/2021

Maxwell Brenneman is a Union League Good Citizenship Award recipient, nominated by HS for Creative and Performing Arts. Maxwell is a graduate of the High School for Creative and Performing Arts. In a few weeks, he will begin his freshman year at Vassar College. Maxwell’s scholarship is made possible through the generosity of the Charles Kurz, II Education Fund.

Maxwell Brenneman is a Union League Good Citizenship Award recipient, nominated by HS for Creative and Performing Arts. Maxwell is a graduate of the High School for Creative and Performing Arts. In a few weeks, he will begin his freshman year at Vassar College. Maxwell’s scholarship is made possible through the generosity of the Charles Kurz, II Education Fund.

#TodayInHistory the 19th Amendment was ratified, granting American women the right to vote. đź’ś Although our exhibit on th...
08/26/2021

#TodayInHistory the 19th Amendment was ratified, granting American women the right to vote. đź’ś Although our exhibit on the history of voting rights, Ballot Box, remains closed for the time being, we look forward to when we can admit guests again!

#TodayInHistory the 19th Amendment was ratified, granting American women the right to vote. đź’ś Although our exhibit on the history of voting rights, Ballot Box, remains closed for the time being, we look forward to when we can admit guests again!

Kendall Battles is a Union League Good Citizenship Award recipient, nominated by Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia. A graduate...
08/25/2021

Kendall Battles is a Union League Good Citizenship Award recipient, nominated by Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia. A graduate of Boys' Latin, Kendall will attend Robert Morris University to study criminal justice.

Kendall Battles is a Union League Good Citizenship Award recipient, nominated by Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia. A graduate of Boys' Latin, Kendall will attend Robert Morris University to study criminal justice.

Jonah Baer is a Union League Good Citizenship Award recipient, nominated by Settlement Music School. Jonah is a graduate...
08/23/2021

Jonah Baer is a Union League Good Citizenship Award recipient, nominated by Settlement Music School. Jonah is a graduate of Central High School. He will attend the University of Pennsylvania to study physics. Jonah’s scholarship is made possible through the generosity of Ernest B. and Gerrie Smith.

Jonah Baer is a Union League Good Citizenship Award recipient, nominated by Settlement Music School. Jonah is a graduate of Central High School. He will attend the University of Pennsylvania to study physics. Jonah’s scholarship is made possible through the generosity of Ernest B. and Gerrie Smith.

Jacob Rogomentick is a Union League Good Citizenship Award recipient, nominated by Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Jacob wa...
08/20/2021

Jacob Rogomentick is a Union League Good Citizenship Award recipient, nominated by Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Jacob was graduated from Roman Catholic High School. In a few weeks, he will enter the University of Scranton to study biology/pre-med. Jacob’s scholarship is made possible through the generosity of the Templeton family, named in memory of Sir John Templeton.

Jacob Rogomentick is a Union League Good Citizenship Award recipient, nominated by Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Jacob was graduated from Roman Catholic High School. In a few weeks, he will enter the University of Scranton to study biology/pre-med. Jacob’s scholarship is made possible through the generosity of the Templeton family, named in memory of Sir John Templeton.

Devon Kahley is a Union League Good Citizenship Award recipient, nominated by Valley Forge Military Academy. Devon was g...
08/18/2021

Devon Kahley is a Union League Good Citizenship Award recipient, nominated by Valley Forge Military Academy. Devon was graduated from Central Bucks East and in a few weeks will enroll in Drexel University to study architecture. Devon’s scholarship is made possible through the generosity of Mrs. Edward C. Haupt, named in memory of Edward and Eleanor Haupt.

Devon Kahley is a Union League Good Citizenship Award recipient, nominated by Valley Forge Military Academy. Devon was graduated from Central Bucks East and in a few weeks will enroll in Drexel University to study architecture. Devon’s scholarship is made possible through the generosity of Mrs. Edward C. Haupt, named in memory of Edward and Eleanor Haupt.

Over the next few weeks, The Union League Legacy Foundation will introduce you to the 2021 Union League Scholars.  We ar...
08/17/2021

Over the next few weeks, The Union League Legacy Foundation will introduce you to the 2021 Union League Scholars. We are so proud of these young men and women – all recipients of the 2020 Good Citizenship Award. We are excited that as they begin college this month, they will do so with the support of the Union League and Legacy Foundation communities and the donors whose generous contributions have made their awards possible.

Over the next few weeks, The Union League Legacy Foundation will introduce you to the 2021 Union League Scholars. We are so proud of these young men and women – all recipients of the 2020 Good Citizenship Award. We are excited that as they begin college this month, they will do so with the support of the Union League and Legacy Foundation communities and the donors whose generous contributions have made their awards possible.

Thanks to everyone who made our 17th annual Legacy Foundation Golf Classic possible! ⛳ The proceeds from this fundraiser...
08/16/2021

Thanks to everyone who made our 17th annual Legacy Foundation Golf Classic possible! ⛳ The proceeds from this fundraiser go a long way for the Foundation to keep inspiring League members and members of the greater Philadelphia community to be more engaged and responsible citizens.

Special thanks again to M&T Bank, who was our presenting sponsor today!

Thanks to everyone who made our 17th annual Legacy Foundation Golf Classic possible! ⛳ The proceeds from this fundraiser go a long way for the Foundation to keep inspiring League members and members of the greater Philadelphia community to be more engaged and responsible citizens.

Special thanks again to M&T Bank, who was our presenting sponsor today!

One of the most asked about parts of the Legacy Foundation’s collection is the United States Presidential Portrait colle...
08/09/2021
Mondays with Mundy The Banquet Suite 08-09-2021

One of the most asked about parts of the Legacy Foundation’s collection is the United States Presidential Portrait collection! For this episode of the Legacy Foundation’s Mondays with Mundy, Historian Jim Mundy talks about the history and development of these portraits.

Mundy shares a little of the interesting story behind some of these great paintings on display in the Union League’s Banquet Room. Watch this week's episode to learn more!

https://youtu.be/rg7opsZ73I4

One of the most asked about parts of the Legacy Foundation’s collection is the United States Presidential Portrait collection! For this episode of the Legacy...

Last night, the Legacy Foundation was pleased to host Gettysburg Foundation President Wayne Motts at The Union League of...
07/29/2021
Civil War Round Table, Pickett's Charge, with Wayne Motts

Last night, the Legacy Foundation was pleased to host Gettysburg Foundation President Wayne Motts at The Union League of Philadelphia for a Civil War Round Table program entitled “Pickett’s Charge.” Pickett’s Charge is often considered the turning point of the Civil War’s seminal battle of Gettysburg but is equally often criticized and misunderstood. Wayne Motts, co-author of “Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg” took the stage to correct this oversight!

Click the link below to view the program and learn more! Interested in joining us live for any of the Legacy Foundation programs? E-mail [email protected] or message us here for registration details!

Tonight will be the first Monthly History Tour since March 2020! 🎉Does everyone have their Docent's Guide ready?While th...
07/14/2021

Tonight will be the first Monthly History Tour since March 2020! 🎉Does everyone have their Docent's Guide ready?

While these tours are only available for members, prospective members and their guests, non-members are more than welcome to purchase a Docent Guide to learn more. Or, keep an ear out for the Union League Open House in February when tours will be offered to one and all!

Tonight will be the first Monthly History Tour since March 2020! 🎉Does everyone have their Docent's Guide ready?

While these tours are only available for members, prospective members and their guests, non-members are more than welcome to purchase a Docent Guide to learn more. Or, keep an ear out for the Union League Open House in February when tours will be offered to one and all!

Last night, the Legacy Foundation hosted a Library Hour program at The Union League at Liberty Hill. The program was pre...
07/13/2021
Library Hour, The Battle of Barren Hill with Paul Sanborn

Last night, the Legacy Foundation hosted a Library Hour program at The Union League at Liberty Hill. The program was presented by Historian and all around Renaissance man, Paul Sanborn on "The Battle of Barren Hill." The newest Union League companion amenity is located right on the battleground.

Click the link below to view the program, and learn more.

For this week's Legacy Foundation Mondays with Mundy, Historian Jim Mundy shares more about the battle of Gettysburg, an...
07/12/2021
Mondays with Mundy Gettysburg and the General Webb Flag 7-12-2021

For this week's Legacy Foundation Mondays with Mundy, Historian Jim Mundy shares more about the battle of Gettysburg, and the story of General Alexander Webb. Among the highlights of the League's collection in the care of the Legacy Foundation is Webb's command flag from Pickett's Charge.

Watch this week's episode to learn more.

For this week's Legacy Foundation Mondays with Mundy, Historian Jim Mundy shares more about the battle of Gettysburg, and the story of General Alexander Webb...

This past Monday evening, the Legacy Foundation hosted a Civil War Round Table program at Union League National. The pro...
06/30/2021
Civil War Round Table, The Union League and Meade, Grant and Sherman, with John Meko and Jim Mundy

This past Monday evening, the Legacy Foundation hosted a Civil War Round Table program at Union League National. The program was presented by the Legacy Foundation's dynamic duo - Executive Director John Meko and Historian Jim Mundy, covering the Union League and the Civil War and three Civil War generals - Ulysses S. Grant, George Gordon Meade and William T. Sherman. The three nine-hole courses at National are named after these three Generals.

Click the link below to view the program, and learn more. Interested in joining for any of the Legacy Foundation programs? E-mail [email protected] or message us here to learn more.

Happy Flag Day! For the Legacy Foundation's Mondays with Mundy this week, Historian Jim Mundy talks about a highlight it...
06/14/2021
Mondays with Mundy American Flag by Maria Fassett Harvey 6-14-2021

Happy Flag Day! For the Legacy Foundation's Mondays with Mundy this week, Historian Jim Mundy talks about a highlight item from the collection - the American Flag, by Maria Fassett Harvey, created in April, 1865. The gift was from Harvey's descendants, the family of her granddaughter, Dorothy Harvey Ulrich, and Glenn Porter in 2003.

Irish immigrant Maria Fassett Harvey lived at 11th and Bainbridge Streets in April 1865. When news reached her that Abraham Lincoln's body was to lie in state at Independence Hall from the 22nd to the 25th, she, like many other Philadelphians, went looking for an American flag to hang out of her row house window. Harvey could not find one to buy, so she purchased the necessary materials, and made her own flag. The flag was hung in mourning at the deaths of presidents Lincoln, Garfield, Arthur, Grant, Harrison, Hayes and McKinley. This flag has the appropriate 13 stripes, but only 28 stars when there should be 35, for which there is no explanation.

Click the link below to view this week's episode and learn more.

For the Legacy Foundation's Mondays with Mundy this week, Historian Jim Mundy talks about a highlight item from the collection - the American Flag, by Maria ...

On May 5, 2021, the Legacy Foundation hosted two smaller, in-person Good Citizen Day programs to welcome, educate and ce...
06/01/2021

On May 5, 2021, the Legacy Foundation hosted two smaller, in-person Good Citizen Day programs to welcome, educate and celebrate some of the 2021 Good Citizenship Awardees. On April 28, 2021, there were similarly two virtual programs.

Between the two days, we awarded 263 high school juniors from the Greater Philadelphia region with their Union League Good Citizenship Award - and provided a civics education program for these future leaders of our city, state and country.

Enjoy these pictures from the May 5 program!

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Open to the Public: Tuesday and Thursday - 3pm to 6pm Second Saturday of the month - 1pm to 4pm Entrance on Broad Street; between the grand staircase.

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Thursday 3pm - 6pm

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The legacy of the Union League began with saving the Union, and continues today through the work of the charities of the Union League. On July 1, these charities joined forces to create a new, more effective and efficient, single organization - The Union League Legacy Foundation. Together with the Library, The Union League Legacy Foundation produces nearly 60 annual programs as the charitable and cultural arm of the Union League.


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Josh Shapiro - Pennsylvania Attorney General, as Alan Jackson sang, “I Remember When”, meeting you before you were Attorney General along with US member of the House of Representatives, Allyson Schwartz (13 Congressional District) at a Montgomery County get together. My husband, Captain Jack gave you his US Navy Challenge Coin. We are members of the Legacy Foundation at the Union League and enjoyed your meaningful Zoom presentation on the Corona Virus tonight.
That was a fantastic program. It was great to hear the confidence in the United States ability to not only survive but also to thrive when this is over. The discussion was thoughtful and refreshingly free from political agendas. Congratulations to all concerned.
Enjoying the The Heritage Center of The Union League of Philadelphia table at the Northeast Philly History Fair. Good time yesterday!
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Explore Philly's Buried Past, 2018! Saturday, Oct. 6th, 10am-3:30pm National Constitution Center (Kirby Auditorium) FREE event! Twenty-six researchers will share the latest artifact discoveries and archaeological site research with the public at this event. Co-hosted by the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum and Independence National Historical Park. Hosted by the National Constitution Center. See the program and get directions at
The "Philadelphia Archaeological Forum's Historic Burial Places Map and Database" for Philadelphia has launched! The location of more than 200 historical period burial grounds in Philadelphia can now be viewed in an interactive map - and the GIS data set can be downloaded as a shapefile at http://www.phillyarchaeology.net/paf-activities/burial-places-forum/historic-philadelphia-burial-places-map/ As longtime advocates for those who can no longer speak for themselves, PAF is lobbying for clearer municipal laws that compel developers to handle burial remains respectfully. We have therefore created this extensive geographical database (GIS). It is PAF’s intention that, in addition to being useful to historians, archaeologists, and other researchers, consulting the database of known cemeteries and private family plots will become a starting point in the process of due diligence of both developers and the city of Philadelphia when considering new projects. The database, originally the personal research of archaeologist Kimberly Morrell, has been assembled from historic maps, newspapers, academic theses and other sources. Research is ongoing, but the database is the most comprehensive such resource to date. Learn more about how this resource was made and how to use it at http://www.phillyarchaeology.net/paf-activities/burial-places-forum/historic-philadelphia-burial-places-map/
This photo is on Pinterest and is Identified by the Union League as being Frankford Country Club House but does not match any known photos of it. Is there any chance of finding the actual location of this photo?