Chestnut Hill: Proposed Expansion of Firehouse Remains a Hot Topic

Chestnut Hill: Proposed Expansion of Firehouse Remains a Hot Topic

The proposed expansion of the Engine 37 firehouse (above) in Chestnut Hill remains a burning topic in the local community as steps are being taken to allow the 123-year old station to remain functional yet historically accurate. Located at 101 West Highland Ave. in the heart of Philadelphia’s “Garden District,” the Engine 37 firehouse is the […]

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Activism: Five Historical Activism Locations In Philadelphia

Activism: Five Historical Activism Locations In Philadelphia

As the birthplace of the U.S., Philadelphia holds the history of William Penn, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and many others. These people stood on the front lines of making a change, not necessarily in battle, but in their activism, standing up for what they felt was right and to change what was wrong. Throughout the years, […]

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Bustleton: Center for Autism Addresses Learning Deficits in Autistic Community

Bustleton: Center for Autism Addresses Learning Deficits in Autistic Community

Nearing its 61-year anniversary, the Center for Autism is the oldest non-profit autism treatment center in the country. The Northeast Philadelphia center is located at 2801 Grant Ave. and has been in operation since 2009. Alena Subacus, the assistant director of the pre-K program, has worked at the center since its opening.  “The Center for Autism has been […]

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Somerton: Philadelphia State Hospital Leaves Mark On The Far Northeast

Somerton: Philadelphia State Hospital Leaves Mark On The Far Northeast

Philadelphia State Hospital, once located in the far Northeast, was built on more than 1,000 acres of land that already had a rich history. In the 1600s, the unmarked land was settled upon by English families and named it after a town in England called Bibury. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, the area’s inhabitants […]

 

Fox Chase: Ryerss Mansion Preserves History Through Close Community Ties

Fox Chase: Ryerss Mansion Preserves History Through Close Community Ties

Sometimes historic sites hide within their neighborhoods. That’s been the case for Ryerss Museum & Library at 7370 Central Ave. in Burholme Park near the Fox Chase section of the city. Built and donated to Philadelphia by the Ryerss family, the mansion served as a summer home until Joseph Ryerss passed away and his son Robert moved in with […]

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Fairmount: Community Development Corporation Director Has Big Plans for the Future

Fairmount: Community Development Corporation Director Has Big Plans for the Future

Kevin Moran is the executive director at the Fairmount Community Development Corporation, located on 2712 W. Girard Ave.. He is also a Fairmount resident. As executive director, he develops research and policy agendas. The organization’s goal, according to its website, is the improvement of the residential, commercial and social fabric of the Fairmount neighborhood, while preserving its character […]

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North Central: Lynn Dorwaldt Uncovers History at the Wagner Institute

North Central: Lynn Dorwaldt Uncovers History at the Wagner Institute

Lynn Dorwaldt has always loved puzzles. “Word puzzles, crossword puzzles, logic puzzles,” she said. “I love the journey of trying to find the answer to something.” Dorwaldt, the librarian at the Wagner Free Institute of Science, sees her work as a big, giant puzzle. “When you’re researching history, it’s never like, ‘Oh, there’s the answer,’ […]

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Bustleton: “We are Totally Informal and Just Trying to Teach the History of Northeast Philadelphia.”

Bustleton: “We are Totally Informal and Just Trying to Teach the History of Northeast Philadelphia.”

Pennepack Baptist Church is one of the oldest houses of worship in the Commonwealth and for Fred Moore, secretary for the Northeast Philadelphia History Network, the center of what would become the Great Northeast. Amongst the sun dappled headstones of the church’s cemetery, Moore explained how and why the organization he belongs to is dedicated to preserving […]

 

Lawncrest: Celebrating Community with a 4th Of July Parade For 100 Years (And Counting)

Lawncrest: Celebrating Community with a 4th Of July Parade For 100 Years (And Counting)

On a sweltering June afternoon at her Rising Sun Avenue office, Philadelphia Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco’s administrative assistant Kathy Wersinger received a phone call from a man living with his wife in a nearby apartment complex. He told her that he and his wife were hungry, and asked whether she had any leads on where […]

 

Mantua: 50 Years Later, MLK’s Speech Still Rings True

Mantua: 50 Years Later, MLK’s Speech Still Rings True

Fifty years ago this summer, Martin Luther King Jr. came to the Mantua neighborhood of Philadelphia as part of his “Freedom Now!” tour around the northern cities of the United States. King spoke to thousands of people gathered on 40th and Lancaster Avenue about the struggles that African Americans were going through in 1965. During […]

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