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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

Call for Authors, Editors, and Advisers:
Winter-Spring 2018

With nearly 600 topics already online, The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia is seeking authors to help complete priority subject categories. To view available assignments, link here for the list of topics.

To join more than 400 leading and emerging scholars who have already contributed to this peer-reviewed, digital-first project, let us know your choice of topics and choice of deadline from January through May 2018. Prospective authors must have expertise in their chosen subjects demonstrated by previous publications and/or advanced training in historical research. The scope of the project includes the city of Philadelphia and the surrounding region of southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and northern Delaware. 

To express interest, please send an email describing your qualifications and specifying topics of interest to the project editorial assistant, Mikaela Maria, mikaelamaria3@gmail.com. No attachments, please. Graduate students, please include the name and email address of an academic reference.

Call for Associate Editors and Advisers

We also invite expressions of interest from scholars or experienced editors interested in becoming associate editors for our next phase of expansion or supporting the project in other ways. These voluntary professional service roles might include any of the following:

  • Reviewing subject categories, recruiting authors to fill gaps, and editing submissions.
  • Preparing proposals for thematic books incorporating existing content.
  • Reviewing submissions.
  • Developing public events with community partners.
  • Fund-raising.
  • Improving the project's WordPress website (programming knowledge required).

To express interest in becoming an editor or adviser, write to editor-in-chief Charlene Mires, cmires@camden.rutgers.edu.


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Vietnamese Scholars Visit The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

The editors, authors, and staff of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia are honored to welcome scholars from Vietnam on November 29. Under the auspices of the Social Science Research Council, the delegation has come to the United States to learn about encyclopedia projects in preparation for producing an Encyclopedia of Vietnam. Read more about the visit on the website of Rutgers-Camden, where The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia is produced.

Irma swells begin arriving at the Jersey Shore

NewsWorks story by Justin Auciello

Judge tosses challenge to tradition of parking in the middle of south Broad Street

PlanPhilly story by Jake Blumgart via NewsWorks

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