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An Invitation: Support Scholarship,
Build Community, Create a Legacy

Wednesday, March 21 is Giving Day. Join a community of scholars, students, and history lovers, and make a gift to support The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.

We need your help! The Encyclopedia is a digital resource produced by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers-Camden. It offers the most comprehensive, authoritative reference source ever created for the Philadelphia region, and with your help it will continue to grow.

Your donation of any amount will be used to employ the students who help to make The Encyclopedia possible! The first $200 donated on March 21 will be matched by a generous supporter. Act early, and help us continue to move the project toward completion.

●     $15 employs one student for one hour of research assistance or digital publishing.

●     $30 pays for fact-checking one new essay.

●     $90 pays for building one new topic page.

●     $150 employs one student for one ten-hour work week.

●     $2,100 employs one student for one semester. 

Donate on March 21 and help us to continue producing original scholarship and supporting the history practitioners of the future. Thank you!

How to Give:

●     Visit GivingDay.rutgers.edu on March 21 to make a tax-deductible donation.

When you donate, select Research, Institutes & Cultural Programs and then MARCH (Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities) from the drop-down menu.

●     Or, call 732-839-GIVE (4483) and direct your gift to MARCH (Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities) today!

Spread the word on social media with #RUGivingDay and @MARCHRuCamden

Coalition gets data to help cut Philadelphia’s recidivism rate

WHYY story by Aaron Moselle

Found in South Philadelphia, an Underground Railroad station

WHYY story by Jake Blumgart

In Cobbs Creek, a home for the dead gets new life

PlanPhilly via WHYY

13,500 PA homes still without safe heating source this winter

WHYY story by Amy Sisk

Like Us? Help Us Reach the Next 1,000

At The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, we have a lot to celebrate this month. We have the long-awaited Super Bowl victory, now added to our page about professional football. One of our co-editors, Howard Gillette, has been selected to receive the 2018 Visionary Historian Award from the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.  In addition, throughout this February we are celebrating Black History Month by highlighting more than thirty of our articles on African American history in the Philadelphia area, including essays about the region's role in the Civil Rights movement, prominent black Philadelphians, and contributions from black communities in the region. We have at least one essay a day lined up to be shared on our Facebook page for the whole month of February. We have a diverse collection of essays on African American history covering a wide range of topics--our social media feed for this month of celebration will never be boring!

We're also pleased to announce that we have reached a milestone of 1,000 followers on Facebook. We can’t wait to reach the next thousand with you! As we work to add to our essays available as well as our number of fans across social media, we’d love to hear from you about what your favorite articles have been or if you have a topic you’d like to nominate for an essay.

We love engaging with our fans across social media with comments, shares, and suggestions. If you haven’t already, please like us on Facebook at the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia and follow us on Twitter @Backgrounders for daily essay postings and notifications about new articles up on the site. We look forward to reaching the next thousand followers and sharing some great essays with you this year!

Few arrests, untold numbers of fans, lots of love add up to epic Eagles celebration

WHYY story by Aaron Moselle

Oldest nuke plant in the U.S. closing a year ahead of schedule

Associated Press story via WHYY

Top Ten Topics for 2017

As we begin a new year, we invite you to revisit the most-read topics of 2017.  Did your favorite make the list?

10. Medicine (Colonial Era), by Martha K. Robinson

9. March of the Mill Children, by Gail Friedman

8. Department Stores, by David Sullivan

7. Row Houses, by Amanda Casper

6. Immigration (1870-1930), by Barbara Klaczynska

5. Nativist Riots of 1844, by Zachary M. Schrag

4. Political Parties (Origins, 1790s), by Brian Hendricks

3. Immigration and Migration (Colonial Era), by Marie Basile McDaniel

2. City of Brotherly Love, by Chris Satullo

And the most-read topic for 2017 is:

1. Native American-Pennsylvania Relations (1754-89), by Timothy J. Shannon

Happy new year from The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia team!  Visit our website or follow us on social media for more new topics in 2018.

LGBT businesses seek share of contracts Philly awards to minorities

WHYY story by Bobby Allyn

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