South Philadelphia: A Museum’s Love Letter to Italian Immigration

South Philadelphia: A Museum’s Love Letter to Italian Immigration

East Passyunk Avenue has long been a hub for Italian families, businesses and culture, making it the perfect spot for the History of Italian Immigration Museum, the first and only of its kind in the area. HIIM, at 1834 E. Passyunk Ave., was the creation of Filitalia International, a nearly 30-year-old South Philly-grown non-profit created […]

 

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 […]

 By Megan Mazza and Matthew Hulmes

Frankford: Ghosts in a Civil War Museum

Frankford: Ghosts in a Civil War Museum

“This building does have ghosts,” said Hugh Boyle, executive director at the Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library in Frankford. Built in 1976 by its original owner, Dr. John Ruan, this civil war museum is loaded with historical artifacts, books and the spirits that often accompany them. “Several times a year, we bring […]

 By Zac Camagna and Melissa Straube

Mantua: Bringing the American Muslim Experience to Life

Mantua: Bringing the American Muslim Experience to Life

The New Africa Center, located at 4243 Lancaster Ave., is a museum and archive focused on preserving the American Muslim Community. Abdul Rahim Muhammad, 60, director of the Islamic Cultural Preservation and Information Council, opened the New Africa Center in June 2005 in hopes to inform the general public and Islamic communities of Islamic culture. […]

 By Anna Berezowska and Genevieve LeMay

Germantown: Shrine to Mary Attracts Many Catholics

Germantown: Shrine to Mary Attracts Many Catholics

Do you want to stand two feet away from a piece of cloth that Mary, the mother of Jesus, supposedly touched? If you answered in the affirmative, then you might want to visit the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal. The shrine is located at 500 E. Chelten Ave., in a residential area, just steps away […]

 By Anna Berezowska and Genevieve LeMay

Germantown: ACES Serves Up a Lovefest

Germantown: ACES Serves Up a Lovefest

“We celebrate Valentine’s Day by acknowledging and thanking our Veterans, whether they’re here or not,” said Dr. Althea Hankins while scouring the crowd for a Tuskegee airmen who happened to be missing in action. Staring back at Hankins, a medical doctor by day and curator on the weekends, was a small crowd of 15 people. […]