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David McCullough to Inaugurate Major New History Prize in Philly

The Carpenters’ Company — Philadelphia’s nearly 300-year-old professional association of architects, structural engineers, and contractors — will host a ceremony on Thursday to inaugurate the David McCullough […]

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10 Things You Might Not Know About Root Beer Magnate Charles Hires

Okay, sure, there’s Coca Cola — but 10 years before there was, Philadelphia druggist Charles E. Hires introduced his all-natural Hires Root Beer to the […]

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When the Sky Was the Limit: A Flashback to Philly’s First World’s Fair

The first episode of Sam Katz’s documentary series, Philadelphia: The Great Experiment, aired in April 2011 — seven years ago! On Thursday night, you can […]

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Fact-Checking Philly History Tours: Truths, Half-Truths and Truthiness

Recently I learned about Philadelphia history the way our Colonial forefathers did: by riding around with a pretty date and a La Colombe coffee in […]


Live in a Park in Germantown for $500K

Some Chestnut Hill residents enjoy the privilege of visiting the Morris Arboretum for free anytime they want, thanks to deeds that include access to the […]

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Pulitzer/Oprah-Approved Writer Colson Whitehead Speaks for Free at UPenn

After years as toiling away as a “beloved but kinda underappreciated” Genius-granted author, Colson Whitehead reached superstar status last year with the best-selling The Underground […]


Monday Morning TL;DR: How to Cook Pancakes With a Laser

So that’s another weekend over and another work week begun. If you’ve found yourself here, it’s probably because you heard the rumor that the kid […]


Historic School in Havertown Could Bite the Dust

One of the oldest schoolhouses in Delaware County could cease to exist, depending on who buys it at an auction scheduled for tomorrow evening in […]


Historic Preservation Gets A Big Helping Hand From the National Trust

The designation of Philadelphia as the first and so far only World Heritage City in the United Statea two years ago brought with it bragging rights […]

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11 Things You Might Not Know About the 1926 Sesqui-Centennial Exhibition

In 1876, Philly put on a Centennial Exhibition that set the gold standard for big, innovative civic parties. Fifty years later, it put on a Sesqui-Centennial […]


What $500K Will Buy You in Germantown

Germantown, as its friends and admirers know, is surprisingly diverse from a socioeconomic standpoint. Pockets of poverty and areas of affluence can be found cheek-by-jowl […]


Upsala To Become A Home Again

Upsala, the historic mansion in Mt. Airy that served as the staging ground for Continental Army forces during the 1777 Battle of Germantown, began life […]


Task Force to Revise City Preservation Policy

Mayor Jim Kenney has appointed a panel of developers, scholars, city officials and preservationists to recommend ways the city can better prevent its historic buildings […]

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11 Things You Might Not Know About Samuel Upham

1. In late February of 1862, a year into the Civil War, a Philadelphia stationer named Samuel Curtis Upham observed a run on the sale of copies […]


Panel To Tackle Past, Present and Future in Chestnut Hill

Back in the 1960s, around the time each of them designed iconic residences in the neighborhood, architects Louis Kahn, Romaldo Giurgola and Robert Venturi discussed how […]