Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia


Our New Look

We are pleased to present new content and a new look for The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia web site. Thanks to Brian Jacobs at Avencia Inc., our site is more attractive, easier to navigate, and offers more ways to become involved with the project. The site also demonstrates our commitment to highlight the resources of the region by presenting and linking organizations, historic sites, and collections. Our banner images come from the collections of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania; the color thumbnail photographs appear by courtesy of ushistory.org; and our home page features historical photographs from the Philadelphia City Archives.

Along with the new look, we introduce the first essays produced for the Encyclopedia.  Each includes links to historic sites and collections, and each offers the opportunity to add stories and offer suggestions or corrections. Watch for new topics as we begin to build The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia!

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  1. Wow, what an exciting project. I have been a Philadelphian all of my life except for short stints out of the country, or living in another state. However, Philadelphia is home. Coming of age in West Philadelphia, I lived across the street from an organization that didn’t allow African Americans in and never could figure out what kind of organization it was. It was located on North 45th St. and had the initials WPS (I think) over the door. That location is now a church. Also, there was the Shannahan’s (Sp?) Swimming pool, located at 48th and Lancaster Ave., which we were not allowed to go to either. I believe there was a legal battle, but rather than admit African Americans, the pool was cemented over. There is now a community center there. I’ve tried for years to locate information about this, but to no avail.

    LaBimmer Posted April 4, 2011 at 11:17 am

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