History

lenape nation
City Life

For Years, People Said There Were No Lenape Left in Pennsylvania. This Group Begs to Differ.

It’s a muggy mid-September Sunday, and kayakers and vacationing families are taking in the calm waters of Mauch Chunk Lake, a small reservoir in the […]

dark history of penn's woods
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, Haverford’s Brookline Books has published Dark History of Penn’s Woods, a new book with the catchy subtitle Murder, Madness, and […]

philadelphia monuments
City Life

5 of Philly’s Most Meaningful Monuments, According to Monument Lab’s Paul Farber

We asked Monument Lab’s Paul Farber to pick five especially meaningful monumental places in Philly. The President’s House Opened in 2010, it shows where George […]

jawn origin
City Life

Some Jawn Youse Might Not Know About Jawn

So every once in a while, Philly’s peculiar linguistics bubble up into the cultural conversation. It could be when Bryce Harper wears his “Clearwooder” t-shirt. […]

historic cemeteries
City Life

Go Take a Stroll Through These Six Historic Cemeteries Around Philadelphia

Back when my kids were small and we lived in South Philly, my dad used to come in from the ’burbs once a week and […]

philadelphia pretzel history
City Life

How Philadelphia Became Pretzel Town, USA

We Philadelphians love us some pretzels. How much? We eat 12 times as many as anybody else in America, and we make 80 percent of […]

philadelphia snack foods
Foobooz

Eight Beloved Snack Foods With Surprising Philly Connections

Philly isn’t just about the history of America. This city has also been a hotbed of commercial baking innovation, with locals contributing to the creation […]

philadelphia ice cream history
Foobooz

10 Unforgettable Moments in Philly Ice-Cream History

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream when the weather gets summery and sultry. I mean, who doesn’t love ice cream? Chocolate, […]

philadelphia foods
Foobooz

Eight Foods You Don’t Know About Unless You’re From Philly

In our buy-local day and age, it’s hardly surprising that regional specialties have become all the fashion. From Native American Three Sisters recipes to New […]

the sound of philadelphia
City Life

An Oral History of the Sound of Philadelphia

In 1971, a lyrically gifted singer-songwriter from South Philly and a classically trained pianist from Camden launched Philadelphia International Records (PIR), a Black-owned hitmaking label […]

City Life

An Architecture Critic Ranks the Five Most Interesting Buildings in Philadelphia

One virtue of an old city like Philadelphia: It contains centuries’ worth of impressive buildings. Independence Hall. City Hall. The Art Museum … whether because […]

historic philadelphia hotels
Things to Do

6 Philly Hotels With Fascinating Backstories

The Notary* Center City Originally designed as the City Hall Annex, the building dates back to 1926. It was where Philadelphians went to get the […]

william penn
City Life

William Penn Only Spent Four Years In Pennsylvania, And Other Strange Founder Facts

This month marked the 340th anniversary of a rather momentous occasion for Philadelphia. March 4, 1681, was when King Charles II of England granted one […]

octavius catto scholarship
City Life

New Scholarships at Community College of Philadelphia Honor Civil Rights Icon Octavius Catto

For too many years, the only memorial to civil rights leader Octavius V. Catto, who was born on this day in 1839, was a public […]

president's house
City Life

The First White House Was Right Here in Philly

This coming Monday is Presidents’ Day, a weird hybrid holiday that used to be just Washington’s Birthday, celebrated on February 22nd, but got moved to […]