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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

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The Best Thing That Happened This Week

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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 […]

City

In 1943, Train Crashed Near Same Spot as Amtrak Derailment

It was Labor Day, 1943. World War II was in full swing, but the mood that holiday weekend was festive. Many soldiers were on leave. […]

City Life

Thirty Years Later, MOVE Still Hurts

On May 13, 1985 — 30 years ago today — a city decided to selectively bomb its citizens. On Mother’s Day 1985, residents on a […]

City

9 Unbelievably True Tales of Philadelphia Mayors

The Philadelphia mayor’s race is in full swing — and something’s missing. It’s not as wild as the last time Philadelphia had a competitive Democratic […]

City

No, Ira Einhorn Is Not the Founder of Earth Day

Today is Earth Day, which means it’s time once again for an old story to make the rounds. Multiple news sources today have reported that […]

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Was the Term “African American” Coined in Philadelphia?

To be honest, we thought the term “African American” was a relatively recent coinage, one of a million hyphenates to spring up in the post-Civil […]

Property

Listings: 11 Area Homes Built Before George Washington Was Born

Whether it’s that whole cherry tree thing, crossing the Delaware River or, you know, being the first president of the newly formed United States of […]

Property

Property’s Weekend Agenda: Chestnut Hill Preservation Winners Announced This Sunday

Do you know a project that was the epitome of historical preservation in Chestnut Hill last year? If so, hopefully you submitted it to the […]

Foobooz

Today: City Tavern Reopens Following Fire…But That’s Not All

To celebrate the City Tavern‘s reopening today, after the restaurant was closed down due to a fire , guest General George Washington will be meeting diners at […]

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I Went to a Nazi Concentration Camp on Saturday

I really didn’t want to visit Majdanek, a former Nazi concentration camp in Lublin, Poland. Like most people, I found Schindler’s List pretty difficult to […]

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Behind the Flag: An Interview With Betsy Ross

I’m sewing for the first time, and it’s with Betsy Ross. I’m helping Betsy stitch a final ring onto one of the bed curtains she’s been […]