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City Life

Witchcraft, Boiled Bones, and All the Other Creepy Things We Learned About PA History in This New Book

Just in time for Halloween, Dark History of Penn’s Woods is the perfect book to keep you up all night.

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City Life

What’s Going to Happen to All the Crap I’ve Accumulated When I Die?

All across America, we boomers are finding ourselves stuck with heirlooms and mementos that we can’t give away.

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City Life

Some Jawn Youse Might Not Know About Jawn

Not every city has its very own word, yo.

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City Life

Remembering Connie Mack, the Philadelphia Athletics Manager Who Led the Team for 50 Freaking Seasons

The former catcher made his major league debut 135 years ago this month, on September 11, 1886. His longevity in the dugout is a feat we’re not ever likely to see in pro sports again.

historic cemeteries
City Life

Go Take a Stroll Through These Six Historic Cemeteries Around Philadelphia

They’re grassy, shady, pretty — and lots of famous people are buried in them. Time for an educational graveyard day trip!

college admissions
City Life

The Pandemic Exposed Our Broken Higher-Education System. It’s Also Given Us a Chance to Make Things Better

The chaos of COVID could mean the start of a new era in saner, fairer college admissions. Sometimes it takes a revolution to build a better world.

john h. mcfadden
City Life

This Collector You’ve Never Heard Of Helped Spark the Creation of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Richard Carreño’s new biography of John H. McFadden is simply a ton of fun.

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City Life

Help Me, Doctor! I’m a Philly Sports Fan

What do you do when a game … isn’t just a game anymore?

philadelphia pretzel history
City Life

How Philadelphia Became Pretzel Town, USA

Philly and pretzels? It’s a combo as natural as, um … okay, it’s a little weird. But here’s more than you ever wanted to know about how it came to be!

philadelphia snack foods

Eight Beloved Snack Foods With Surprising Philly Connections

Ritz Crackers! Girl Scout cookies! Fig Newtons! The local baking legends behind some of the nation’s most iconic snacks.

philadelphia ice cream history

10 Unforgettable Moments in Philly Ice-Cream History

From “Philly-Style” to chocolate-dipped to floats, this city’s been keeping deliciously cool since Colonial days.

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City Life

It’s Not Just Amy Gutmann. Philly-Area College Presidents Are Leaving in Droves

From Penn State to Temple, Penn to Ursinus and Moore, turnover is churning in the world of higher ed.

peregrine falcon
City Life

The Peregrine Falcon That Brought Route 422 Construction to a Halt Has a New Nest

She’s relocated to a purloined one nearby — and has two new chicks!

City Life

Ray Didinger’s New Book Is Packed With Great Philly Sports Stories. These Are Five of Our Favorites

Father’s Day gift alert! From Mike Schmidt’s shrugs to Darryl Dawkins on the Declaration of Independence, the legendary Philadelphia sportswriter’s Finished Business is packed with anecdotes from our city’s complicated sporting history.

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Things to Do

Worth a Day Trip: The Concrete Masterpieces of Henry Mercer’s Strange Genius

Quirky, irascible Henry Chapman Mercer sought to keep alive the handicrafts of the past. A trio of Bucks County buildings preserve his art and his work — and make a perfect day trip.