The April 22 session of the Greater Philadelphia Roundtable was the largest yet, with more than 100 people joining us at the Academy of Natural Sciences for the discussion, “Imagining Philadelphia’s Future: The Plans and the Realities.” Suggestions for the Encyclopedia that were submitted on comment cards have been posted on our PlanPhilly.com., and a summary of the program will be prepared and posted to allow for further discussion. Thanks to our partner Young Involved Philadelphia, to the Academy of Natural Sciences, and everyone who participated and helped to spread the word about this event. Video from the program is posted on
Our public discussion of Greater Philadelphia history and issues expands this spring with the introduction of the Greater Philadelphia Roundtable, a forum for community dialogue that will help shape the future content of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. With the help of many civic partners, four programs have been organized for this spring. Please visit our Events page or our Eventbrite listings for complete information. (Advance registration will help us assure enough seats for everyone at these events.) The Eventbrite listings allow you to email your own electronic invitations to these events, post them on Facebook, or alert your followers on Twitter — please do! Press Release
This program has been supported in part by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ We the People initiative on American History.
Our registration for the May 11 Greater Philadelphia Roundtable, “Philadelphia’s Black Attorneys,” has reached the capacity of 200! Thanks to everyone, especially Michael Coard, Avenging the Ancestors Coalition, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, and the Barristers for helping to spread the word. We encourage anyone who still wishes to attend this program to register for the waiting list at http://attorneys.eventbrite.com . Also, if you registered but will not attend, please let us know so that your place may be opened to someone on the waiting list.
We look forward to seeing so many people next Tuesday evening! We will also post a summary of the program on the Encyclopedia’s web site so it will be accessible to an even wider audience.
We have been thrilled with the interest in our April 22 roundtable, “Imagining Philadelphia’s Future,” at the Academy of Natural Sciences. For a brief time, we had reached the capacity of our room, but thanks to the generosity of the Academy we have moved the event into the auditorium there. Registration has been opened once again, so please invite friends and colleagues. Everyone on the waiting list should receive an email notice so they may confirm their registration.
Thanks to Young Involved Philadelphia and all of our partners involved in organizing this very compelling program, which will help to shape the future content of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.
The latest issue of the newsletter of the National Council on Public History includes a report on our civic engagement activities. Link to the newsletter here and scroll to Page 7.
We are pleased to extend the coalition of civic partners involved with The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia into South Jersey with the addition of the Camden County Historical Society. Watch for items from the CCHS collections to be featured in the image galleries that accompany topics of regional interest.
The mission of the Global Philadelphia Association is “to assist—and to encourage greater interaction among—the many organizations and people who are engaged in international activity in the Greater Philadelphia Region, to promote the development of an international consciousness within the region, and to enhance the region’s global profile.” We are pleased to have Global Philadelphia as a new civic partner, as well as to add The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia to the membership roll of Global Philadelphia. To find out more about Global Philadelphia, visit the association’s web site, and to learn more about Philadelphia’s global heritage, visit our “Philadelphia and the World” content theme.
More nominations for topics have come in from the Free Library of Philadelphia branches in Tacony and Holmesburg. Thanks to all who add their ideas to the library suggestion boxes. Check out the list and add your nominations on our Home page.
We’re pleased to see a report of the Greater Philadelphia Roundtable program, “Workshop of the World,” on NortheastPhilly.com. Thanks for joining us for this discussion, and we hope you’ll join us again for the “Corrupt and Contented” discussion on November 15.