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Hands-on History at The Free Library, Parkway Central

Sat, March 9, 2019 2:00 P.M.
Rare Book Department at Parkway Central Library

From Blimps to Buildings: Exploring Philadelphia through Historic Photographs and Maps

Before the advent of Google Maps and online satellite images, people relied on printed maps and aerial photographs. Come learn about the history of these “outdated” resources, and how they can be used today! Participants will look through select volumes of aerial photos and fire insurance maps from the Print and Picture Collection and the Map Collection, and explore some of the interesting details these resources captured. This Hands-On History Program is designed to correlate with the “Philadelphia: The Changing City” exhibition. Participants are invited to view the exhibition before or after the program to see further examples of aerial photographs and fire insurance maps.

Take history in the palm of your hand: turn pages, hold manuscripts, and handle artifacts with the Hands-on History series from the Free Library's Special Collections. Curiosity seekers age 13 and up are welcome! Registration is free, but required. 

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Rare Book Department
Third Floor

Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
Philadelphia, PA 19103