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7 Historic Philly Cemeteries Where You Can Walk and Headstone-Hunt

Sure, cemeteries haven’t always been regarded as the most uplifting of places. But when getting outside while maintaining social distancing is increasingly challenging, people are […]

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This Lesser-Known Liberty Bell Played a Big Role in Pa. Women’s Suffrage

Monday marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Pennsylvania — the day when the state voted to ratify the newly passed 19th Amendment. Women […]

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Philly Is Getting 5 New Historical Markers

Philadelphia — founded in 1682 by William Penn — is the oldest city in Pennsylvania. So when it comes to documenting the state’s history, in the […]


The Fish Cake Hot Dog Is a Taste of Old Philadelphia

For the past decade, I’ve lived and worked in Philadelphia, and I’ve spent the entire time working in and learning about food — selling it, sourcing […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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An Earthquake Shook Philadelphia Five Years Ago Today

Five years ago today, my world shook — literally. Five years ago today, I worked on the 17th floor of the Comcast Center. I worked a […]

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11 Things You Might Not Know About the Philadelphia Folk Festival

Starting today, thousands of music lovers will gather at Old Pool Farm near Schwenksville for the 55th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival. This year’s headliners include Peter Yarrow (of […]

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11 Things You Might Not Know About the Saturday Evening Post

Today is the 195th anniversary of the premiere issue of the Saturday Evening Post, once the most popular weekly magazine in the world. It was […]

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11 Things You Might Not Know About Legionnaires’ Disease

In an eerie instance of metaphor fulfillment, this week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland was hit with an outbreak of norovirus. Norovirus is bad, but […]

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13 Things You Might Not Know About John Wanamaker

Today marks the 178th anniversary of the birth of John Wanamaker, inventor of the department store, holy roller, U.S. Postal Service innovator and so much […]

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48 Years Ago, the Sixers Traded Wilt Chamberlain to the Lakers

Forty-eight years ago tomorrow, the Philadelphia 76ers traded their then-32-year-old center, seven-foot-one-inch Wilt Chamberlain, to the Los Angeles Lakers. The pride of Overbrook High, who’d […]