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Tours and Other Fun Things

Taiko drummers

Take a guided tour to explore the campus at its bucolic best. And take advantage of opportunities throughout the weekend to have a little fun!


  • Connecting Art, Activism, and Archives: A Book-Making Activity

    This workshop is inspired by Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary, a two-year project that connects the arts to historic and contemporary stories of refuge, with a focus on how making books together can increase senses of belonging and empathy. Reflect on your own concepts and experiences related to refuge and incorporate those reflections into a book-making activity. Come when you can, leave when you must.

    Friday, 2–4 p.m., McCabe Library, Popular Reading Room (Room 109)

  • Tour: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Swarthmore* 
    (*But Were Afraid to Ask)

    Learn the informal history of the Ville and the College from actual townie and longtime staff member Geoff Semenuk.

    Friday, 3–4 p.m., Meet at Swarthmore Campus & Community Store

    Join Celia Caust-Ellenbogen '09, Friends Historical Library archivist, to learn about the families behind some of Swarthmore's most familiar landmarks, including Parrish, Magill, and Clothier. We'll explore their connections to abolitionism, African-American education, and the Underground Railroad and discuss how these legacies relate to the College’s current efforts to create a diverse and inclusive environment.

    Friday, 4–5 p.m., Meet at Friends Historical Library (McCabe Library, Main Level)
  • tour: autumn at the scott arboretum

    Enjoy a guided tour showcasing beautiful fall gardens. In the event of inclement weather, staff will be in the Wister Center's Gillespie Room to offer information in lieu of the tour. Limited capacity: first come, first served.

    Saturday, 10:15–11:45 a.m., Meet at the Wister Center
  • interactive taiko drum workshop

    Originating in Japan in the latter half of the 20th Century, the ensemble form of Taiko drumming combines rhythm, theater, and dance. Assistant Professor of Dance and professional Taiko drum artist Joe Small will lead a hands-on workshop of the practice.
    Pre-registration required. 

    Saturday, 3–4:30 p.m., Lang Performing Arts Center, Troy Dance Studio