Cliveden: Habit Forming: Drug Addiction in mid-19th century Philadelphia (zoom)

16may7:00 pmCliveden: Habit Forming: Drug Addiction in mid-19th century Philadelphia (zoom)

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Dr. Kelly Gray will explore the history of habitual drug use, focusing on opiate use and addiction in mid-19th century Philadelphia. Our current exhibit at Cliveden, The Turmoil of Transition, discusses how addiction affected the lives of those at Cliveden during the mid-19th century. Dr. Gray is a professor of history at Towson University and author of the new book Habit Forming: Drug Addiction in America 1776-1914 which explores the history of habitual drug use the era when drug sales were almost entirely unregulated and how racism and classism shaped perceptions of drug use and addiction.

This program will be held on Zoom and is free to the public. Registrants will receive the Zoom program link on May 16th via email. If you do not receive the link, please contact Jocelyn Rouse via email. To register for Habit Forming, visit



(Tuesday) 7:00 pm



A site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a proud member of Historic Germantown, Cliveden opened to the public in 1972. Built in 1763-1767, Cliveden was home to seven generations of the Chew family and the men and women who worked for them, was the site of the Battle of Germantown in October 1777, and is an important example of Philadelphia Georgian architecture. Cliveden focuses on telling the multiple narratives of the property by interpreting the buildings and grounds; giving a voice to the men and women—black, white, free, enslaved, and indentured—who played a role in the Cliveden story.

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