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Being Ben and Betsy: The Double Lives of Philly’s Historical Interpreters

It’s mighty easy to get swept up in revolutionary fervor while walking the cobblestones by Independence Hall, especially once the tourist high season hits and […]

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Police Arrest Climbers on Top of Ben Franklin Bridge

This is a developing story. Check back for more information. Police conducted a high-altitude arrest early this morning after two people climbed on top of […]

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How They’ll Fix Ben Franklin’s Gravesite

Ben Franklin’s grave’s all cracked and broken. But don’t blame the pennies. Earlier this month, the Christ Church Preservation Fund launched a GoFundMe for much-needed […]

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12 Things You Might Not Know About the Constitutional Convention

On May 25th, 1787, what came to be known as the Constitutional Convention convened at the State House in Philly. Originally called merely to tweak […]

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11 Things You Might Not Know About the Founding Fathers’ Dogs

Today is National Puppy Day, which is proof, we guess, that every dog has its day, seeing as every dog in the world was once […]

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11 Philly Botanists (And One Bad Plant) You Might Not Know

Did you know that half the delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention here in Philly were farmers? Washington had Mount Vernon, and Jefferson had Monticello; […]


Celebrate Ben Franklin’s Birthday With Beer

This Sunday, January 17th marks the 310th birthday of founding father Benjamin Franklin, and what better way to celebrate than by having a few beers […]

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12 Things You Might Not Know Were Invented in Philly

You know Philly is a city of firsts, right? First capital of the United States, first department store, first taxi service, first national convention (in […]

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Drexel Students Recreate a Giant, Terrifying, Revolutionary War-Era Spear

Back during the Revolutionary War, there was a 100-foot spear weighing hundreds of pounds that was stuck to the bottom of the Delaware River, pointing up. Its purpose, according to […]

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Big Idea: Rename PHL for Ben Franklin

“No other town, burying its great man, ever buried more of itself than Philadelphia with Franklin.” —Carl Van Doren, 1938 The United States has buried […]

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Poll: Ben Franklin Is Your Favorite Pennsylvanian

Harper Polling says Ben Franklin is our favorite Pennsylvanian — and it’s not even close: