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North Philadelphia: Neighborhoods’ History Has Not Been Forgotten

North Philadelphia: Neighborhoods’ History Has Not Been Forgotten

The neighborhoods of North Philadelphia are home to a number of historical landmarks. Reminders of the area’s 17th- and 18th-century history are scattered across the changing neighborhoods of Francisville, Sharswood, Spring Garden and North Central. Though some landmarks have been forgotten over the years, many still stand as proud reminders of the past. Founder’s Hall, […]

 By Amelia Brust

Spruce Hill: African Immigrants Struggle to Navigate City’s Healthcare System

Spruce Hill: African Immigrants Struggle to Navigate City’s Healthcare System

An immigration boom in 2000 helped turn the Baltimore Avenue corridor into a hub for African businesses. Spruce Hill has dozens of restaurants while Woodland and Chester avenues are peppered with African and Caribbean grocery stores. While no exact census data exists, in Philadelphia, the four largest communities are in order Nigerian, Liberian, Ghanaian and […]

 By Natasha Shapiro and Niambi McDonald

Germantown: ‘We Is Got Him’ Tells Famous Kidnapping Story

Germantown: ‘We Is Got Him’ Tells Famous Kidnapping Story

“We Is Got Him.” That’s what the first of 23 ransom letters said in which $20,000 was demanded in return for the kidnapped Charley Ross. But the two main suspects, William Mosher and Joseph Douglas. died within a year of the event, and the boy was never found. While his fate is still a mystery, […]

 By Natasha Shapiro and Niambi McDonald

Germantown: Librarian Provides Historical Documents for Community

Germantown: Librarian Provides Historical Documents for Community

Librarian and archivist Alex Bartlett combines his hobbies with his career. Working for both the Germantown and Chestnut Hill historical societies, Bartlett manages the libraries’ collections and archives, while also helping to provide visitors with requested research documents. “I’ve always been into history and I’ve lived here, so when I went into the museum and […]

 By Natasha Shapiro and Niambi McDonald

Germantown: Francis Daniel Pastorius, the Founder of Germantown

Germantown: Francis Daniel Pastorius, the Founder of Germantown

The fact that a German immigrant founded Germantown may seem common knowledge, but the various layers of Francis Daniel Pastorius’ legacy are often overlooked. While a monument in honor of Pastorius is positioned along Germantown Avenue in Vernon Park for many to see, less well-known symbols of his importance can be found at the German […]

 By Genevieve LeMay

East Falls: Laurel Hill Cemetery is More Than a Final Resting Place

East Falls: Laurel Hill Cemetery is More Than a Final Resting Place

  What would you do if you weren’t able to find where your daughter had been buried the other day because the rain had erased all of the marks of a new grave? The horror of burying one’s child is hard enough on any parent, but the added devastation of being unable to identify the […]

 By Genevieve LeMay and Anna Berezowska

East Falls: A Cemetery for Millionaires

East Falls: A Cemetery for Millionaires

  Millionaire’s Row. It’s not exactly something you’d associate with a cemetery. But then again, neither are Atlantic City and Tacony. At least, you wouldn’t by just looking at one of the biggest mausoleums on Millionaire’s Row in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Laurel Hill Cemetery, located on 3822 Ridge Ave., is home to the Disston mausoleum […]

 By Max Webber and James Riggio

Germantown: Festival Unites Historic Sites

Germantown: Festival Unites Historic Sites

Germantown’s annual festival celebrating history and culture has historical roots that go deep. “Fest for the Quest” was an annual collaboration among Historic Germantown and students from Germantown High School and Germantown Friends School. The two highlights of this event were the open forum “Germantown Speaks” and the open-air festival “A Great Day On The […]

 By James Riggio and Max Webber

Germantown: Historic School and Gravesite in ‘Sweet Concord’

Germantown: Historic School and Gravesite in ‘Sweet Concord’

In colonial and early America, it would have been hard to find a place where people of all races, religions and social statuses were treated as equals. That wasn’t the case, however, at Germantown’s Upper Burying Ground, for at least a portion of its existence. When the cemetery was first opened in 1693 it was […]

 By James Riggio and Max Webber

Germantown: Stenton Hosts Historical Garden Presentation

Germantown: Stenton Hosts Historical Garden Presentation

A recent presentation at Stenton highlighted the historical gardens that Germantown had in the past and the gardens it still has today. In “A Short History of Gardens in Germantown – One Gardener’s Observations,” Wyck landscape curator Nicole Juday spoke about the many gardens of the neighborhood and how they have changed over time. The […]

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