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Our literary Christmas is almost upon us: Philadelphia’s favorite bookish holiday— Bloomsday —arrives on Thursday, June 16, and we couldn’t be more excited! This annual… continue reading Philadelphia’s Literary Christmas—Bloomsday!

By written by Julie B.    May 27, 2016   

We like to think that history is fact. History as a thing is merely “events of the past”; and history the subject is the study of those events. But upon closer study, it becomes clear… continue reading #OneBookWednesday: How We Teach Slavery and the Civil War

By written by Julie B.    November 18, 2015    2

Last week’s deadly train derailment in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia was eerily similar to a crash that happened at the same junction on Labor Day in 1943. The 1943 accident… continue reading 1943 Philadelphia Train Derailment Tragedy

By written by David N.    May 21, 2015   

Cranberry production was down four percent this year – but American farmers still produced over eight million barrels (800 million pounds) of the fall favorite, so the country should have a… continue reading Thanksgiving Day

By written by Timothy F.    November 24, 2014   

There are almost 20 million veterans currently living in the United States, and almost 12 percent of Pennsylvania’s adult population has served in an American war. (Source: 2013 American… continue reading The Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month

By written by Timothy F.    November 9, 2014   

Daylight saving time (aka daylight time, aka DST) has its origins in the United States with the Standard Time Act of 1918 (See Pub.L. 65-106, United States Statutes at Large , 65 th Congress), an… continue reading Fall Back

By written by Timothy F.    October 30, 2014   

The second Monday of every October is Columbus Day, a day commemorating Christopher Columbus’s first sighting of the Americas ( San Salvador Island , specifically) and celebrated as early as… continue reading What You Might Not Have Known About Columbus Day

By written by Timothy F.    October 9, 2014   

Input  was a Philadelphia panel discussion program hosted by John S. Stokes, Jr. that aired Sunday mornings on WCAU-TV10 from 1968 through early 1971. The program is a window in to the people… continue reading Streaming Philadelphia History - Introducing Input with Marion Stokes & John S. Stokes, Jr

By written by Jamie W.    May 5, 2014   

"I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for. But, my… continue reading A Celebration of Nelson Mandela's Life Through Word and Song

By written by Peter SM    December 12, 2013   

John Derstine Souder (1865-1942) was raised on a Mennonite farm near Telford in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  He was a storekeeper, postmaster, and poultry dealer before retiring. … continue reading John Derstine Souder’s Fraktur in the Henry Stauffer Borneman Pennsylvania German Collection

By written by Del-Louise M.    December 9, 2013   

“I must do what is right for me,” he muttered under his breath while gathering up his tools and shuttering the shop window.  Jacob Eichholtz was living a double life, and it soon… continue reading I Must Do What Is Right For Me ~ The Jacob Eichholtz Book of Sketches and Painterly Advice

By written by Del-Louise M.    November 14, 2013    1

Earlier this year I read the autobiography Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup and was blown away. While reading the book I often thought about what I learned about slavery in school and the… continue reading 12 Years A Slave and Slave Narratives

By written by Camille T.    November 13, 2013    3

Sundays on Stage - Fall 2013 Sundays on Stage is a series of cultural programs featuring live performances by a variety of artists and entertainers. These family programs celebrate diversity… continue reading Sundays on Stage Fall Performances!

By written by Rachel F.    September 11, 2013    1

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 A History Minute: Labor Day

By written by Peter SM    August 30, 2013   

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