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News » April 2011

Read about Bob Skiba in the Inquirer

The Philadelphia Inquirer on Friday published a front-page feature story about Bob Skiba, who helped to form our partnership with the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides. Bob is currently president of the Tour Guides and heads the archives at the William Way Community Center in Philadelphia. Read all about it. Congratulations also to the Tour Guides on completion of their recent certification training and examination -- as a result, twenty-nine newly certified guides are prepared for the tourist season of 2011.

New Film: The Work and Legacy of W.E.B. DuBois

We're pleased to call attention to a new documentary produced by area high school and college students under the direction of one of the Encyclopedia project's advisers, Professor Amy Hillier at the University of Pennsylvania.  Legacy of Courage: W.E.B. DuBois and The Philadelphia Negro, was created as part of the Mapping DuBois Project.

Legacy of Courage: W.E.B. Du Bois and The Philadelphia Negro from Amy Hillier on Vimeo.

Reinvestment Fund CEO Selected for Wm Penn Foundation

Jeremy Nowak, currently President and CEO of one of the Encyclopedia's civic partner organizations, The Reinvestment Fund, has been appointed President of the William Penn Foundation.  Nowak, whose new duties will begin June 27, succeeds Feather Houstoun, who has led the Foundation since 2005.  Read more about the transition in the Foundation's press release.

Holy Experiment

What might you do if you found yourself with almost 50,000 square miles of seemingly virgin land in a place you have never seen, far from home? In 1681, when William Penn - entrepreneur, scholar, religious mystic, Enlightenment intellectual - acquired Pennsylvania, he had a ready answer.

Primed with forward-looking ideas about equality and shared community resources from Thomas More's Utopia, and inspired by the Quaker vision of George Fox and Thomas Loe, Penn was convinced that he could construct a "Holy Experiment" with a well-planned settlement and a rational government. He aimed for a social contract that would bind and respect all residents, based not on coercion but on the principle of "what love can do."

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