Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia


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What would you like to know about Philadelphia and its history? Nominate a topic and tell us why you'd like to see it in The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. To submit your ideas to the editors, simply scroll to the bottom of this page.

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  1. As Executive Director of Jazz Bridge, I’d love to see Philly Jazz History on this site. Our history and jazz traditions are recognized world-wide and should be represented here.

    Suzanne Cloud Posted April 30, 2016 at 9:25 am
  2. An interesting topic would me Mrs Mary Ryerss of Burholme. She was a domestic employed by Robert Waln Ryerss for many years. They were married just eight months before his death and caused a scandal in polite Philadelphia high society. While traveling and collecting items for a museum she died in Peking China.

    Mary gifted the people of Philadelphia Burholme Park and the Ryerss Museum.

    The Ryerss family were philanthropists and early animal rights activists. There is a pet cemetery in the park.

    Please let me know if you are interested.

    Joseph Anglim Posted July 7, 2016 at 1:44 pm
  3. The history and legacy of Stephen Girard and his “Girard College” is an inspiring one for people of all ages and backgrounds. Girard’s seafaring adventures brought him to Philadelphia whee he decided to live out the rest of his life. Girard’s generous contributions to Philadelphia and his founding of a great school, Girard College, is surely a part of Philadelphia’s history. The full story of Stephen Girard is an interesting one and should not be overlooked in the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.
    The website – http://www.stephengirardsgirardcollege.com – deals only with the history and operations of Girard College as Stephen Girard mandated it to be. This website is not the full story of the generous contributions that Stephen Girard gave to the world.

    Joseph G. Zanghi 54' Posted July 17, 2016 at 9:32 am
  4. Would like to know more about the John Harper who is shown on 1681-87 Thos Howe’s map of Phila Co, PA (in old Oxford Twp, defunct after 1854 consolidation) with land at intersection of Tacony and Frankford Creek, about where the city of Frankford sprang up later. I suspect he is the John Harper (1633-1716) whose son Joseph may have had Robert Harper of Harper’s Ferry, now in Jefferson Co, WVA. Two of John’s ch. (Ralph & Eliz) bapt. 1684 & 1687 at Trinity Oxford Espicopal Church, which is located on Oxford Rd just NE of John’s land on 1681-87 map. John came toAmerica in c. 1682. This same 1681-87 Howe map shows that John’s neighbors were Henry WADDY, Thos FAIRMAN, Robt ADDAM [sic: Adam?], Edward SEARY, John HUGHS, Thos DUCKET, Benj EAST, John WEST,etc. some of whom were involved with William Penn’s Society of Free Traders. So would like to know if any connection between John Harper and any of his neighbors and/or Society of Free Traders. I have vested interest as my ancestor was a Harper in Berkeley Co, WVA who may be bro of Harpers ferry Robt.-THANKS, Carol

    Carol A. Larsen Posted December 18, 2016 at 8:34 am
  5. The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
    1630 Latimer Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 215-735-6737 info@nscdapa.org

    Jane Baker Posted January 15, 2017 at 11:03 am

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