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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 […]


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. […]

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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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’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 […]


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 […]

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Mayor Nutter to Donate 2008 Phillies World Series Ring to Philadelphia History Museum’s Baseball Collection

Tonight Mayor and First Lady Nutter will be honored at a special event by the Philadelphia History Museum for their contributions to the city and its history. […]

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This Is the Monster We Celebrate on Columbus Day

A version of this story ran in 2012. Imagine, if you will, that the man who murdered your entire family, raped your daughter, sister, and […]

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Remembering the Great Charles Bowser on His 84th Birthday

A version of this story ran in 2010. Many prominent, as well as not-so-prominent, Philadelphians have important stories to tell about the preeminent Charles W. […]