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 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 […]

 By Megan Frankowski and Josh Middleton

Germantown’s New ‘White House’

Germantown’s New ‘White House’

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 By Josh Middleton and Megan Frankowski

Germantown’s New ‘White House’

Germantown’s New ‘White House’

When President George Washington and his family inhabited the Deshler-Morris House in the 1790s they brought along a 23-person entourage that was in charge of making sure the household ran efficiently. This support system consisted of an array of paid and unpaid individuals, such as accountants, domestic servants and African slaves, who played an integral […]

 By Evan Macy

Strawberry Mansion: A Former Resident Returns

Strawberry Mansion: A Former Resident Returns

It is not unusual to revisit an old neighborhood. Sometimes a sense of nostalgia drags people back to the places where it all began, and according to Allen Meyers, who grew up in Strawberry Mansion over 40 years ago, there are two types of returning visitors. “There are some people who are afraid,” Meyers said, […]

 By Morgan Ashenfelter and Ayisha Arshad

Germantown: Residents Gather to Share History

Germantown: Residents Gather to Share History

President of Historic Germantown David Young can give several reasons why Germantown is the most historic neighborhood in America: the Battle of Germantown in 1777, the first protest against slavery in 1688 and the first European-language Bible published in America. Perhaps the least well-known reason is when prominent African Americans, including civil rights activist W.E.B. […]