Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

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Historical Society of Pennsylvania, November 16, 2016, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Delve into the historical background of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and discuss the event’s continuing impact on American public memory with West Chester University's Robert Kodosky, author of the "Veterans and Veterans' Organizations" essay in The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.  The event is free for members of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania; $10 for nonmembers. For additional information, link to the event announcement by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

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Athenaeum of Philadelphia, November 2, 2016, 5:30 p.m.

As controversial as immigration policy has been in the current national election, Philadelphia, like many older American cities, credits immigrants with boosting the city’s population in the twenty-first century after decades of decline. These newcomers are but one wave of many over generations that have left their mark on the character of the region. Yet few area residents are aware of either the diversity or the location of immigrant settlement over the years, let alone what their impact has been in changing neighborhoods like South Philadelphia or towns throughout the metropolitan area. Illustrating their contribution to community-based knowledge in a changing media environment, editors and authors of the The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia will show how this form of scholarship can address even the most contentious of contemporary issues.

Panelists include Charlene Mires, Professor of History at Rutgers-Camden and author of Independence Hall in American Memory; Domenic Vitiello, Associate Professor of City Planning and Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and author of a forthcoming book on recent immigration to the Philadelphia area; Caroline Golab, Associate Dean, Academic & Student Affairs, Thomas Jefferson University; and Howard Gillette, Professor Emeritus of History at Rutgers-Camden and author of Camden after the Fall.

This event has received generous support from the Henry Paul Busch Fund.

Reception to follow.

Athenaeum Members: Free.  RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing events@philaathenaeum.org
Non-Members: $10

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Join us at the Philadelphia History Museum on Thursday, September 22, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for a conversation about the history and significance of Philadelphia's Jewelers Row.  Speakers will include Paul Steinke, Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia; Hy Goldberg, Jewelers Row Business Association; Bob Skiba, Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides; and representatives from Visit Philadelphia.  The program is free, but registration is required. Click here to register.

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Philadelphia boasts one of the oldest, largest and most diverse park systems in the United States. Yet the city’s parks receive scant attention in histories of landscape design and city planning. In Counting Trees: The Search for Fairmount Park, Elizabeth Milroy, author of The Grid and the River: Philadelphia’s Green Places, 1682-1876, will describe the development of Philadelphia’s urban parks in the two centuries after William Penn and Thomas Holme drew public squares on the seminal city plan.

This program is FREE but registration is required.

Elizabeth Milroy has contributed several essays to The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, including a history of Philadelphia's public parks.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 6-7:30 p.m.
Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s Chinatown, like many urban Chinatowns, began in the late nineteenth century as a refuge for immigrant laborers and merchants in which to form a community to raise families and conduct business. But this enclave for expression, identity, and community is also the embodiment of historical legacies and personal and collective memories.

In her book Ethnic Renewal in Philadelphia’s Chinatown, Kathryn Wilson charts the unique history of this neighborhood, the community’s efforts to save and renew itself, and the continuing living community for subsequent waves of new immigration. Joining Dr. Wilson for this program at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania will be  community members she interviewed for the Ethnic Renewal project, including Mary Yee, one of the leaders of the Save Chinatown movement, and John Chin, who grew up in the neighborhood and serves as executive director of Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation. After the presentation, examples from HSP collections representing Chinatown’s history will be on display for exploration and discussion.

Admission free. For further information visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania calendar.

Read Kathryn Wilson's essay about Chinatown in The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia: link here.

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Come to Rutgers-Camden on Rutgers Day, April 30, to meet the people behind the scenes of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. Explore your region with a digital scavenger hunt and test your knowledge with the Camden Connections game. Look for us in the Campus Center, and explore the many other activities of Rutgers Day.

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Get loud in the library this February as the Historical Society of Pennsylvania transforms from a shushed library into a raucous dance hall. Dance the night away as the sounds of Jazz Age America fill HSP's halls with tunes from the Philadelphia-based band Bitters & Rye. Prior to cutting loose on the dance floor, frisk your whiskers with a presentation by music historian Jack McCarthy as he explores Philadelphia's prominence in jazz history with stories and images of the city's groundbreaking jazz artists

For information about cost of admission and registration, visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania events calendar.

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John Fryer – disguised as Dr. Anonymous - urged doctors not to treat gays and lesbians as "sick."  But there was another man behind that mask:  a devoted choir and organ master.  Be the first to hear a newly digitized recording found in his collection as we explore what church music meant to him and how it evolves as society and culture change. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Embedded Artist Ain Gordon will also unveil a recording found in the Fryer collection.

For information about cost of admission and registration, visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Memories & Melodies web page.

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Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will speak at this program exploring the intimate connection between Gustav Mahler’s 8th Symphony (also known as the “Symphony of a Thousand”) and the international emergence of the Orchestra.

For information about the cost of admission and registration, visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Memories & Melodies web page.

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Music has been used both as a vehicle for reform and repression during the pursuits of American ethnic and racial justice. Using historical sheet music, broadsides from local theaters, and musical recordings and performances, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania explores the various ways Philadelphia popular culture has depicted American ethnic groups throughout the past two centuries with Sights & Sounds of our Multiethnic Past. Far from "high culture," these musical and artistic characterizations were often irreverent and poked fun at the proclivities and habits of different ethnic or racial groups living in Philadelphia. However, these materials also document prevailing prejudices and bigotry, offering a sneak peek into the development of social attitudes via popular music and theater. Collection materials from the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies – many not seen for decades – will also be on view.

For information about cost of admission and registration, visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Memories & Melodies web page.

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Historical Society of Pennsylvania, November 16, 2016, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Delve into the historical background of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and discuss the event’s continuing impact on American public memory with West Chester University's Robert Kodosky, author of the "Veterans and Veterans' Organizations" essay in The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.  The event is free for members of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania; $10 for nonmembers. For additional information, link to the event announcement by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

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For information about cost of admission and registration, visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania events calendar.

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For information about cost of admission and registration, visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Memories & Melodies web page.

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For information about the cost of admission and registration, visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Memories & Melodies web page.

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For information about cost of admission and registration, visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Memories & Melodies web page.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 6-7:30 p.m.
Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s Chinatown, like many urban Chinatowns, began in the late nineteenth century as a refuge for immigrant laborers and merchants in which to form a community to raise families and conduct business. But this enclave for expression, identity, and community is also the embodiment of historical legacies and personal and collective memories.

In her book Ethnic Renewal in Philadelphia’s Chinatown, Kathryn Wilson charts the unique history of this neighborhood, the community’s efforts to save and renew itself, and the continuing living community for subsequent waves of new immigration. Joining Dr. Wilson for this program at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania will be  community members she interviewed for the Ethnic Renewal project, including Mary Yee, one of the leaders of the Save Chinatown movement, and John Chin, who grew up in the neighborhood and serves as executive director of Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation. After the presentation, examples from HSP collections representing Chinatown’s history will be on display for exploration and discussion.

Admission free. For further information visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania calendar.

Read Kathryn Wilson's essay about Chinatown in The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia: link here.

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This program is FREE but registration is required.

Elizabeth Milroy has contributed several essays to The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, including a history of Philadelphia's public parks.

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Join us at the Philadelphia History Museum on Thursday, September 22, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for a conversation about the history and significance of Philadelphia's Jewelers Row.  Speakers will include Paul Steinke, Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia; Hy Goldberg, Jewelers Row Business Association; Bob Skiba, Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides; and representatives from Visit Philadelphia.  The program is free, but registration is required. Click here to register.

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Athenaeum of Philadelphia, November 2, 2016, 5:30 p.m.

As controversial as immigration policy has been in the current national election, Philadelphia, like many older American cities, credits immigrants with boosting the city’s population in the twenty-first century after decades of decline. These newcomers are but one wave of many over generations that have left their mark on the character of the region. Yet few area residents are aware of either the diversity or the location of immigrant settlement over the years, let alone what their impact has been in changing neighborhoods like South Philadelphia or towns throughout the metropolitan area. Illustrating their contribution to community-based knowledge in a changing media environment, editors and authors of the The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia will show how this form of scholarship can address even the most contentious of contemporary issues.

Panelists include Charlene Mires, Professor of History at Rutgers-Camden and author of Independence Hall in American Memory; Domenic Vitiello, Associate Professor of City Planning and Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and author of a forthcoming book on recent immigration to the Philadelphia area; Caroline Golab, Associate Dean, Academic & Student Affairs, Thomas Jefferson University; and Howard Gillette, Professor Emeritus of History at Rutgers-Camden and author of Camden after the Fall.

This event has received generous support from the Henry Paul Busch Fund.

Reception to follow.

Athenaeum Members: Free.  RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing events@philaathenaeum.org
Non-Members: $10

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Historical Society of Pennsylvania, November 16, 2016, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Delve into the historical background of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and discuss the event’s continuing impact on American public memory with West Chester University's Robert Kodosky, author of the "Veterans and Veterans' Organizations" essay in The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.  The event is free for members of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania; $10 for nonmembers. For additional information, link to the event announcement by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

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  • November 16, 2016, 6:30-8:30 p.m.—Partner Event: “The Same Spirit of Patriotism and Sacrifice”: Pearl Harbor and the Erosion of Citizenship

    Historical Society of Pennsylvania, November 16, 2016, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

    Delve into the historical background of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and discuss the event’s continuing impact on American public memory with West Chester University’s Robert Kodosky, author of the “Veterans and Veterans’ Organizations” essay in The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.  The event is free for members of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania; $10 for nonmembers. For additional information, link to the event announcement by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.


    Location: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia

  • November 02, 2016, 5:30 p.m.—Partner Event: Immigration in Philadelphia

    Athenaeum of Philadelphia, November 2, 2016, 5:30 p.m.

    As controversial as immigration policy has been in the current national election, Philadelphia, like many older American cities, credits immigrants with boosting the city’s population in the twenty-first century after decades of decline. These newcomers are but one wave of many over generations that have left their mark on the character of the region. Yet few area residents are aware of either the diversity or the location of immigrant settlement over the years, let alone what their impact has been in changing neighborhoods like South Philadelphia or towns throughout the metropolitan area. Illustrating their contribution to community-based knowledge in a changing media environment, editors and authors of the The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia will show how this form of scholarship can address even the most contentious of contemporary issues.

    Panelists include Charlene Mires, Professor of History at Rutgers-Camden and author of Independence Hall in American Memory; Domenic Vitiello, Associate Professor of City Planning and Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and author of a forthcoming book on recent immigration to the Philadelphia area; Caroline Golab, Associate Dean, Academic & Student Affairs, Thomas Jefferson University; and Howard Gillette, Professor Emeritus of History at Rutgers-Camden and author of Camden after the Fall.

    This event has received generous support from the Henry Paul Busch Fund.

    Reception to follow.

    Athenaeum Members: Free.  RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing events@philaathenaeum.org
    Non-Members: $10


    Location: Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 S. Sixth Street

  • September 22, 2016, 5:30-7 p.m.—Co-Sponsored Event: Jewelers Row, An Historic Perspective

    Join us at the Philadelphia History Museum on Thursday, September 22, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for a conversation about the history and significance of Philadelphia’s Jewelers Row.  Speakers will include Paul Steinke, Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia; Hy Goldberg, Jewelers Row Business Association; Bob Skiba, Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides; and representatives from Visit Philadelphia.  The program is free, but registration is required. Click here to register.


    Location: Philadelphia History Museum, 15 S. Seventh Street

  • June 15, 2016, 6-7 p.m.—Co-Sponsored Event | Counting Trees: The Search for Fairmount Park

    Philadelphia boasts one of the oldest, largest and most diverse park systems in the United States. Yet the city’s parks receive scant attention in histories of landscape design and city planning. In Counting Trees: The Search for Fairmount Park, Elizabeth Milroy, author of The Grid and the River: Philadelphia’s Green Places, 1682-1876, will describe the development of Philadelphia’s urban parks in the two centuries after William Penn and Thomas Holme drew public squares on the seminal city plan.

    This program is FREE but registration is required.

    Elizabeth Milroy has contributed several essays to The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, including a history of Philadelphia’s public parks.


    Location: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia

  • May 18, 2016, 6-7:30 p.m.—Co-Sponsored Event: Ethnic Renewal in Philadelphia’s Chinatown

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 6-7:30 p.m.
    Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia

    Philadelphia’s Chinatown, like many urban Chinatowns, began in the late nineteenth century as a refuge for immigrant laborers and merchants in which to form a community to raise families and conduct business. But this enclave for expression, identity, and community is also the embodiment of historical legacies and personal and collective memories.

    In her book Ethnic Renewal in Philadelphia’s Chinatown, Kathryn Wilson charts the unique history of this neighborhood, the community’s efforts to save and renew itself, and the continuing living community for subsequent waves of new immigration. Joining Dr. Wilson for this program at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania will be  community members she interviewed for the Ethnic Renewal project, including Mary Yee, one of the leaders of the Save Chinatown movement, and John Chin, who grew up in the neighborhood and serves as executive director of Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation. After the presentation, examples from HSP collections representing Chinatown’s history will be on display for exploration and discussion.

    Admission free. For further information visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania calendar.

    Read Kathryn Wilson’s essay about Chinatown in The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia: link here.


    Location: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia

  • April 30, 2016, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.—Know Your Region: Encyclopedia of Fun!

    Come to Rutgers-Camden on Rutgers Day, April 30, to meet the people behind the scenes of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. Explore your region with a digital scavenger hunt and test your knowledge with the Camden Connections game. Look for us in the Campus Center, and explore the many other activities of Rutgers Day.


    Location: Rutgers-Camden

  • March 31, 2016, 6:30-8:30 p.m.—Co-Sponsored Event: “The (Musical) Spark in My Life”

    John Fryer – disguised as Dr. Anonymous – urged doctors not to treat gays and lesbians as “sick.”  But there was another man behind that mask:  a devoted choir and organ master.  Be the first to hear a newly digitized recording found in his collection as we explore what church music meant to him and how it evolves as society and culture change. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Embedded Artist Ain Gordon will also unveil a recording found in the Fryer collection.

    For information about cost of admission and registration, visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Memories & Melodies web page.


    Location: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia

  • March 08, 2016, 6:30-8:30 p.m.—Co-Sponsored Event: The Symphony of a Thousand

    Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will speak at this program exploring the intimate connection between Gustav Mahler’s 8th Symphony (also known as the “Symphony of a Thousand”) and the international emergence of the Orchestra.

    For information about the cost of admission and registration, visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Memories & Melodies web page.


    Location: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia

  • March 02, 2016, 6-7 p.m.—Co-Sponsored Event: Sights & Sounds of Our Ethnic Past

    Music has been used both as a vehicle for reform and repression during the pursuits of American ethnic and racial justice. Using historical sheet music, broadsides from local theaters, and musical recordings and performances, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania explores the various ways Philadelphia popular culture has depicted American ethnic groups throughout the past two centuries with Sights & Sounds of our Multiethnic Past. Far from “high culture,” these musical and artistic characterizations were often irreverent and poked fun at the proclivities and habits of different ethnic or racial groups living in Philadelphia. However, these materials also document prevailing prejudices and bigotry, offering a sneak peek into the development of social attitudes via popular music and theater. Collection materials from the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies – many not seen for decades – will also be on view.

    For information about cost of admission and registration, visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Memories & Melodies web page.


    Location: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia

  • February 25, 2016, 6:30-8:30 p.m.—Co-Sponsored Event: Swingin’ at the Society

    Get loud in the library this February as the Historical Society of Pennsylvania transforms from a shushed library into a raucous dance hall. Dance the night away as the sounds of Jazz Age America fill HSP’s halls with tunes from the Philadelphia-based band Bitters & Rye. Prior to cutting loose on the dance floor, frisk your whiskers with a presentation by music historian Jack McCarthy as he explores Philadelphia’s prominence in jazz history with stories and images of the city’s groundbreaking jazz artists

    For information about cost of admission and registration, visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania events calendar.


    Location: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia

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