Posts in “a-history-minute” (21)

William Penn was a dreamer. Like many attracted to the New World, he was a member of a persecuted religious minority—the Quakers. But unlike the Puritans and Catholics who founded religious… continue reading

By Sally F.   March 16, 2018   

Daylight Saving Time , abbreviated DST, begins again this Sunday, March 11 at 2:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, when we will set our clocks forward one hour and gain more sunlight in the evenings.… continue reading

By Christina P.   March 9, 2018   

As Head Designer of Horace Trumbauer’s architecture firm, Julian Abele designed the Free Library and the Philadelphia Art Museum and set the tone for the entire parkway. He designed… continue reading

By Sally F.   February 7, 2018    6

The Fish It all started with the fish. Like salmon, shad are born in fresh water, spend several years growing in the ocean, then return to their birthplace to spawn. The largest breeding… continue reading

By Sally F.   January 10, 2018   

Gladys Jamison couldn’t know this, but she was a girl coming of age in an exodus. Thirteen years old when her father moved her and her siblings to Brooklyn, she’d lost her mother five… continue reading

By Kalela W.   November 22, 2017    3

Chances are you have driven, biked, run, walked, or partied on Kelly Drive, but have you ever wondered where it got its name? No, it’s not named for Grace Kelly , movie star and princess.… continue reading

By Sally F.   November 16, 2017   

Election Day is Tuesday, November 7th throughout the state of Pennsylvania. During this general election, Philadelphians will elect both a new District Attorney and City Controller, as well as:… continue reading

By Christina P.   November 6, 2017   

In the beginning Philadelphia was a river town. William’s Penn’s plan stretched from river to river, but the population clung to the shores of the Delaware and the docks and ships that… continue reading

By Sally F.   October 26, 2017   

There are many things associated with Friday the 13th, including horror films, bad luck, phobias ( paraskevidekatriaphobia ). Historians believe that Friday the 13th comes from the number 13 being… continue reading

By Christina P.   October 13, 2017   

On Sept. 26, 2017, the fence will come down and a new statue will be unveiled: the first new City Hall statue since 1923 and the first of an African American on any city-owned public… continue reading

By Sally F.   September 22, 2017   

Overbrook gets its name  from a train station built over a brook. This is quite appropriate, as it was the Pennsylvania Railroad that bought trolley rights  to Lancaster Avenue from 52nd… continue reading

By Sally F.   August 21, 2017    4

Almost 100 years before Ellis Island, Philadelphia established The Lazaretto Station. It became the point of entry for all ships and passengers arriving during the quarantine season of June… continue reading

By Sally F.   August 7, 2017    5

Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods and Olney is a neighborhood of cultures. Today Olney is the most diverse  of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods and its 5th Street business corridor… continue reading

By Sally F.   July 26, 2017    4

18th century Philadelphia was primarily a port city, its wealth based on imports and exports from all over the world. At the time of the American Revolution, the city’s major trading… continue reading

By Sally F.   July 18, 2017   

By 1800, Philadelphia was not only the Cradle of Liberty but the center of American manufacturing and innovation. It was the kind of place a young man of vision who was not afraid to get his hands… continue reading

By Sally F.   July 10, 2017    3

Mid-19th century Philadelphia was booming. Its factories produced iron and steel, locomotives and textiles, and finished goods of all kinds. Immigrants and citizens alike flowed into the city to… continue reading

By Sally F.   June 21, 2017   

Church bells ring incessantly throughout deserted streets. Homes are abandoned and those that are not are barricaded against strangers and friends alike. Formerly bustling markets stand empty… continue reading

By Sally F.   June 6, 2017    3

In the spring of 1776 , the British began a blockade of American ports, throwing coastal shipping into disarray and sending many captains back to the more secure European routes. But a young… continue reading

By Sally F.   April 27, 2017   

Philadelphia was the place to be in July of 1976. Even Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain came to present the Bicentennial Bell , cast in the same foundry as our Liberty Bell. The 4,000+… continue reading

By Sally F.   March 16, 2017   

Labor Day weekend is here and with it the end of another summer. A long holiday weekend is on tap for most of the country, but few of us nowadays may know or remember exactly why we have off on… continue reading

By Peter SM   August 30, 2013