Tagged Philadelphia History

Corridor of Culture: 100 Years of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Between September 2017 and November 2018, all of Philadelphia will be celebrating the centennial of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Since 1917, this grand avenue has connected Philadelphia’s City Hall with the entrance to Fairmount…

Philadelphia Reads W.E.B. Du Bois

Discover the power of W.E.B. Du Bois’s ideas and their significance in our time.  This reading group focuses on the “The Souls of Black Folk,” his seminal study of African-American civilization at the turn of the…

African American Museum in Philadelphia

Join representatives from the African American Museum in Philadelphia to learn more about the volunteer docent program as well as the new exhibit, Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776-1876. Questions? Contact…

Philadelphia Reads W.E.B. Du Bois

Discover the power of W.E.B. Du Bois’s ideas and their significance in our time.  This reading group focuses on the “The Souls of Black Folk,” his seminal study of African-American civilization at the turn of the…

Philadelphia Reads W.E.B. Du Bois

Discover the power of W.E.B. Du Bois’s ideas and their significance in our time.  This reading group focuses on the “The Souls of Black Folk,” his seminal study of African-American civilization at the turn of the…

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. | American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family

Tickets on sale April 20 at 10:00 a.m. In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition A scion of America’s most fabled political dynasty, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is a clinical professor and…

Finding the Hidden City

Celebrate Philadelphia's hidden architectural treasures with Peter Woodall, co-author of Philadelphia:  Finding the Hidden City .  He will explore "secret places in unfamiliar locations" that have disappeared…

Philadelphia Reads W.E.B. Du Bois

Discover the power of W.E.B. Du Bois’s ideas and their significance in our time.  This reading group focuses on the “The Souls of Black Folk,” his seminal study of African-American civilization at the turn of the…

Mary Morris | Gateway to the Moon with Nathaniel Popkin | Everything is Borrowed

“A marvelous storyteller” ( Chicago Tribune ), Mary Morris explores some of her favorite themes—away versus home, childhood memories, and the Midwest—in such works of fiction as A Mother’s Love, House…

Philadelphia's Centaur Book Shop and Press, 1921-1942: a talk by Lynne Farrington

"Up on my back and I will take you thither" Bookshops have long been a determining factor in the availability of texts. The early twentieth century saw the emergence of bookshops specializing in contemporary avant-garde…

African American Museum in Philadelphia

Join representatives from the African American Museum in Philadelphia to learn more about the volunteer docent program as well as the new exhibit, Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776-1876. Questions? Contact…

Author Talk: Thom Nickels

Author Thom Nickels will discuss his book Philadelphia Mansions: Stories and Characters behind the Walls. Philadelphia's grand mansions and architectural treasures reflect its iconic status in American history, for each Greek…

Sanborn Maps Geo Edition (1867-1970)

(1867-1970) provides digital access to thousands of large-scale maps of American towns and cities, searchable by address and GPS coordinates.

Philadelphia Press Index

The Philadelphia Press (1857-1920) was one of Philadelphia's oldest major newpapers. This index is an electronic version of a paper index kept by Free Library staff from 1898 through 1912. It directs you to citations for specific…

Philadelphia Inquirer Digital Archive 1860-2001

This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.

Philadelphia Evening Telegraph

Philadelphia Evening Telegraph was a daily afternoon newspaper started on January 4, 1864. Search, browse, and read it online here.

Pennsylvania Historical Newspapers

174 full-text historical Pennsylvania newspapers from 1790-1922.

Evening Public Ledger

Evening Public Ledger was one of the most widely read dailies in Philadelphia between 1914 and 1942. Read, search, and browse the full text of the paper here.