Posts in “history-of-philadelphia” (38)

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After the postponement of the 2020 Olympics due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the torch will be lit once again this year as the rescheduled Summer Games will take place in Tokyo, Japan starting today,… continue reading Local Athletes Competing in the Summer Olympics

By written by Peter SM    July 23, 2021   

The comic strip  Heart of the City , set in Philadelphia, dates back to when everyone read the daily funnies on newsprint. A year ago, then 29-year-old Christina “Steenz”… continue reading Christina “Steenz” Stewart Draws the Heart of the City

By written by Bruce J.    June 11, 2021   

The Rare Book Department has some true treasures within its collections, but perhaps one of its most special collections is the First Folio of William Shakespeare . What is the “First… continue reading Who Said It: Shakespeare, Milton, or Shake Milton?

By written by Peter SM    April 28, 2021   

This is the seventh in a series of posts  highlighting major figures in jazz history who were from Philly (even if most ended up in New York City). A virtual book discussion of Thelonious… continue reading Philly Jazz Legends: Lee Morgan

By written by Ben R.    April 14, 2021    3

One of the joys of my profession is not knowing who will spark my curiosity to continue learning about something or someone. To celebrate Black History Month this year, I let my curiosity guide me… continue reading Dr. Rebecca Cole: Pioneering Philadelphia Doctor and African American Health Advocate

By written by J'Vanne W.    February 24, 2021   

Bessie Coleman is known for being the first black women to get a pilot’s license. But have you ever wondered who the first Black man was to get his pilot’s license? Meet Emory Conrad… continue reading Emory C. Malick: Trailblazing African American Pilot

By written by Sandy M.    February 23, 2021   

This is the seventh in a series of posts  highlighting major figures in Philadelphia jazz history. Every one of the bolded album titles below can be streamed free with your library card via… continue reading Philly Jazz Legends: The Heath Brothers

By written by Ben R.    February 23, 2021    1

Hannah Cho is a University of Pennsylvania Work-Study student from Davis, CA. During the Fall semester, she studied, recorded, and edited the Story Search podcasts remotely from South Korea.… continue reading Story Search from Special Collections: An Interview by Hannah Cho

By written by Joe S.    January 6, 2021   

Each holiday season, the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation creates a festive commemorative bookplate that members of the community can gift in honor or in memory of those they care most… continue reading Take Part in a Free Library Holiday Tradition: Dedicate a Bookplate

By written by Jamie K.    December 8, 2020    1

I still remember as a child, coming along as my mother cast her ballot. Standing side by side with my mother, the first person in my family to vote in the U.S., left me with wide-eyed curiosity.… continue reading Making Her Mark: Philadelphia Women Fight for the Vote Digital Exhibition Launches

By written by Suzanna U.    November 10, 2020   

This is the second in a series of posts highlighting major figures in jazz history who were from Philly (even if most ended up in New York City). A virtual book discussion of Wishing on the Moon:… continue reading Philly Jazz Legends: Billie Holiday

By written by Ben R.    July 29, 2020    2

This is the first in a series of posts highlighting major figures in jazz history who were from Philly (even if most ended up in New York City). A virtual book discussion of Wishing on the Moon:… continue reading Philly Jazz Legends: John Coltrane

By written by Ben R.    July 15, 2020    3

Although many people associate the term "folk music" with white musicians like Pete Seeger , there is a long tradition in the United States of Black folk musicians. In fact, without the… continue reading Discover Black Folk Musicians

By written by Natalie H.    July 8, 2020    2

Edible Alphabet is a free English Language Learning (ELL) program offered by the Free Library's Culinary Literacy Center . The mission is to teach English language and literacy skills through… continue reading Edible Alphabet Recipe of the Week: Chinese Scallion Pancakes

By written by Lindsay S.    June 30, 2020   

For nearly three decades, America’s birthplace (Philly, of course!) has celebrated Independence Day with Wawa Welcome America – a free, multi-day festival encompassing… continue reading Celebrate Wawa Welcome America Virtually with the Free Library!

By written by Kate C.    June 29, 2020   

In addition to offering patrons ever-growing Digital Collections , dozens of research databases , and a rich variety of genealogic resources , the Free Library and the Special Collections Division… continue reading Finding "Nonno"

By written by Fleisher Collection    June 17, 2020   

With current stay-at-home orders and social distancing precautions in place, I find myself more eager to spend time outside and walk (or jog if I’m feeling really motivated) around the… continue reading Explore Your Neighborhood Virtually with Digital Collections

By written by Megan M.    May 18, 2020   

At 54 neighborhood libraries and the Rosenbach , Free Library volunteers embody the institution's vision of "an enlightened community devoted to lifelong learning" every day.… continue reading Free Library Tour Guides Use Map Collection to Celebrate This Year's Volunteer Appreciation Day!

By written by Andrew W.    April 20, 2020   

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