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Hands-on History at The Free Library: Better Philadelphia

Sat, February 16, 2019 4:00 P.M.
Art Department at Parkway Central Library

The Better Philadelphia exhibition of 1947 symbolized a key moment in Philadelphia’s history of planned change. Designed by planners and architects, the exhibition introduced visitors to the field of professional urban planning, and its longstanding tradition in Philadelphia. The exhibition was coordinated with Philadelphia public schools. Teachers were encouraged to bring their students to the exhibition, and to discuss topics related to urban planning prior to their arrival. In fact, students helped curate a section of the exhibition, by creating the plans and models related to neighborhood improvements. This free exhibit was hosted in Gimbel’s department store.

Take history in the palm of your hand: turn pages, hold manuscripts, and handle artifacts related to city planning in general and this exhibition in particular. Curiosity seekers age 13 and up are welcome!

This event is one of many taking place all day throughout Parkway Central on Saturday February 16th related to the Philadelphia - Changing City exhibition on display until April 13 on the 3rd floor Dietrich Gallery. View selected images from the exhibition in our Digital Collection.

 Stop by the Art Department on the 2nd floor between 4:00 and 4:45pm for this Hands-on display!

Art Department
Room 208

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

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