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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; […]

Sam Katz Philadelphia The Great Experiment Disorder
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The Latest Installment of Sam Katz’s Philly Documentary Airs Tonight

Sam Katz has been making his documentary series, Philadelphia: The Great Experiment, for years now. He even used Kickstarter to raise money to fund it. […]

Memorial Hall dome before and after
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140-Year-Old Leak in Memorial Hall Dome Finally Fixed

The City of Philadelphia has finally fixed a 140-year-old problem. After a nine-month repair job, the dome at Memorial Hall has been restored. A chronic […]

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Scholastic Pulls Children’s Book Featuring Washington’s Slave in Philly

[Updated Tuesday, January 19th, at 4:38 p.m.] After both its author and its editor defended the title in the face of critical onslaught, Scholastic Books yesterday […]

Martin Luther King at Barratt Elementary School
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WATCH: MLK Speaks at Philadelphia Middle School in 1967

On October 26th, 1967, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Philadelphia for a “Stars for Freedom” show at The Spectrum featuring Harry Belafonte, […]

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Ardmore Collector Has Previously Unseen Letter From Amelia Earhart

A previously unseen letter written in 1933 by groundbreaking aviator Amelia Earhart has been acquired by Ardmore-based Raab Collection, which recently purchased the document from a private […]

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13 Black Philadelphians Who Were Trailblazers

Sure, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step — but somebody has to take that step. In honor of civil rights icon […]

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11 Things You Might Not Know About: Philly’s Public Squares

They’re some of the most revered spaces in the city — the five open public squares William Penn laid out in the 1680s to keep […]

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11 Things You Might Not Know About: The Philadelphia Zoo

Twenty years ago, Philadelphians awoke on Christmas Eve to dreadful news: A fire overnight in the World of Primates building at the Philadelphia Zoo had […]

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28 Vintage Photos of Philadelphia During the Holidays

The holiday season always makes me nostalgic for things I’ve never actually had, like that creamy root beer float at the soda fountain in Bedford Falls, or the […]

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Bullets and Bigots: Remembering Philadelphia’s 1844 Anti-Catholic Riots

It started with a Bible, of all things. Bishop Francis Kenrick, who, like many of the newest Philadelphians in the mid-1840s, had come to America […]

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10 Things You Might Not Know About Philly’s Jewish Quarter

Hanukkah sneaked up on us yesterday — it’s super-early this year — which got us thinking about Jews’ part in the city’s history. There have been Jews […]

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10 Things You Never Knew About the Fairmount Park Mansions

A new book by James McClelland, executive director emeritus of the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and Lynn Miller, professor emeritus of political science at Temple University, […]

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Nine Things You Never Knew About William Penn

The miracle of modern mail recently landed an enormous new book, The Philadelphia Country House: Architecture and Landscape in Colonial America, on my desk. Really, […]

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The 12 Best Foods Born in Philly