Current Exhibits



The latest exhibit in the Heritage Center honors the second clause in the first line of the Union League by-laws, "Every member shall support the Constitution, and the free enterprise system."
The exhibit celebrates entrepreneurship, with a focus on nine entrepreneurs, from William Penn to Atwater Kent. Individuals whose vision, hard work, and willingness to take risks helped build the City of Philadelphia. See the inventions, artifacts, and important documents from business and industry that bring to life the birth and rise of Philadelphia.

Location: The Heritage Center of The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Phone: 215.587.6455


Dates: October 2, 2017 through June 30, 2018

Member Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm

Public Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:00 to 6:00pm; Second Saturday of the month, 1:00 to 4:00pm

About The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia

The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia (“the ALF”) was established in 1996 to enhance, maintain and exhibit the historic collections of archives, manuscripts, library material, objects and art of The Union League of Philadelphia, and to use the League’s collections to conduct educational programs for League members, scholars, students and the general community. The ALF is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, and is a separate legal entity from the Union League itself.

In 2011, the ALF completed construction of The Sir John Templeton Heritage Center (“the Heritage Center”). The Heritage Center is an 8,500 square-foot research, program and exhibit space on the ground floor of the Union League. This space allows direct access to the Heritage Center from Broad Street. It encompasses an exhibit room, programming space, office space, a research area and a state-of-the-art collections storage vault. The ALF shares the office space within the Heritage Center with the League’s other two charities – the Youth Work and Scholarship Foundations.

The ALF presents exhibits, lectures, and other educational programs that focus on the history and heritage of the Union League and the Civil War. These programs reach thousands of students and scholars each year. Most of these programs are provided without charge. For more information on the ALF, or the Union League, visit