History

 By Alex Onkow and Stacey Naughton

Logan: Stenton Holiday Party

Logan: Stenton Holiday Party

After James Logan’s death in 1751, his 500-acre estate was repeatedly cut up and sold off up until the mid-1900s. The farms and fields that stretched through North Philadelphia were eventually reduced to three acres. Although restoring his original property was out of the question, The National Society of Colonial Dames of America has been […]

 By Alex Onkow and Stacey Naughton

Logan: A Historic House and the Community

Logan: A Historic House and the Community

Many houses in Logan are in poor condition. On some streets boarded-up windows are as common as glass ones. Factories are abandoned, crumbling and filled with graffiti. Most of these structures were built in the late 1800s and early 1900s. One building however, stands out among the row homes. The simple brick building in the […]

 By Maria Zankey

Center City: Connecting the LGBTQ Community in the Digital Age

Center City: Connecting the LGBTQ Community in the Digital Age

Chris Bartlett considers himself an active part of the technical community–or the geek community– as he affectionately calls it. But Bartlett is also an active member of the LGBTQ community, serving as the executive director of the William Way Community Center, a hub for sexual and gender minorities in Philadelphia. Bartlett has immersed himself in […]

 By Lisa Wilk

Mount Airy: Trolley Car Diner Brings Local Community Together

Mount Airy: Trolley Car Diner Brings Local Community Together

The Trolley Car Diner was transported by truck 10 years ago from Wilkes Barre, Pa., to its current site in Mount Airy. Owner Ken Weinstein was able to find a vacant Roy Rogers site along Germantown Avenue for the diner’s newest location. “There used to be five original diners in Wilkes Barre and we took […]

 By Sarah Fry

Germantown: Black Writers Museum Provides Literature, History and Support

Germantown: Black Writers Museum Provides Literature, History and Support

The Black Writers Museum is a recent addition to Maplewood Mall, a small cobblestone street within the Germantown community. The Black Writers Museum, which opened in June at 29 W. Maplewood Ave., is the only museum in Philadelphia that specifically is dedicated to celebrating black literature. While various cultural institutions that focus on black culture exist […]

 By Keisha Frazier

Germantown: Grumblethorpe’s Garden Welcomes a Hoop House

Germantown: Grumblethorpe’s Garden Welcomes a Hoop House

Behind the 18th century home of merchant John Wister and his family exists a garden, a weather station, a bee house and most recently, a hoop house. The hoop house, or high tunnel, was given to Grumblethorpe from Penn State as an effort to promote horticulture and healthy eating. Headed by Professor William Lamont of […]

 By Chris Banks

Germantown: Maxwell Mansion Preserves History

Germantown: Maxwell Mansion Preserves History

The year is 1859 and it’s right in the heart of the Victorian era. President James Buchanan is in the middle of his only term as commander in chief and Oregon just became the 33rd state in the union. America’s Civil War is still two years off. In Philadelphia the population is still around half a […]

 By Kristen Harding and Douglas Fischer

Germantown: Community Hopes to Restore Town Hall

Germantown: Community Hopes to Restore Town Hall

Germantown Town Hall is sitting vacant at 5928 Germantown Ave., and it has been for the past 12 years, slowly deteriorating, the ground becoming littered with historic debris. What once served a great purpose in the town’s history is now collecting cobwebs, only to sit even longer, waiting for its value to be restored. People […]

 By Ben Levy and Charlie Lange

Nicetown-Tioga: Temple Hospital Changed the Neighborhood and Not Necessarily for the Better

Nicetown-Tioga: Temple Hospital Changed the Neighborhood and Not Necessarily for the Better

Turning the corner onto the 3500 block of North Carlisle Street, which runs directly behind the new Temple University Medical School building, one is met with noisy, powerful gusts of wind. “It’s a wind tunnel effect,” said Paul Washington of 3504 N. Carlisle St. This is one of the many effects that the building, completed […]

 By Lauren Herman and Bryant Maddrick

Germantown: Historic House Tells Story of Freedom

Germantown: Historic House Tells Story of Freedom

As America celebrates Black History Month one historic house’s story offers lessons in community and diversity that still hold relevance today. Built in 1768 by John Johnson, the Johnson House was the home to generations of the family from 1770 to 1908, according to tour guide Jim Crichton. In the 1850s, the family used their home as a […]