Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

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Tuesday, November 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Historical Society of Pennsylvania

During the mid 19th century, large numbers of Irish citizens made the perilous journey to America with the the hopes of escaping poverty, famine, and oppression. As thousands of immigrants made Philadelphia their home, they were met with religious and ethnic prejudices.  Moderated by Charlene Mires, professor of History at Rutgers-Camden and editor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, a panel of experts will examine the challenges and issues faced by the Irish as they struggled to integrate into American society.  A reception and performance of traditional Irish music will follow. For complete information, link to the event website at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Speaker Bios:

Dr. William Watson is a professor of History at Immaculata University and Director of the Duffy's Cut Project. He's the author of  numerous articles and worked on several  books including: The Irish-Americans: The History and Culture of a People (forthcoming, ABC-Clio, November, 2014), The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut (Praeger, 2006), Tricolor and Crescent: France and the Islamic World, and The Collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union (Greenwood, 1998).

Zachary Schragg is a professor of history at George Mason University and the author of two books, The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro and Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965-2009, both published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. He is currently working on a narrative history of the Philadelphia riots of 1844 and contributed the essay on this topic for The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.

Michael Johnson graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2012 with a degree in History, United States concentration. While at Notre Dame he was a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the history national honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, a national academic honor society, and also served as a Gilder Lehrman History Scholar. His honors thesis “‘Be Patriots Because You Have a Country’: The Fenian Brotherhood and Irish-American Identity in Civil War-Era Philadelphia” received the University’s O’Hagan Award for best essay on Irish history. He is presently pursuing a Master’s Degree in History, United States concentration at Villanova University. His interests include nineteenth century United States History and the Civil War era, particularly questions of race, ethnicity, and identity. He is currently working with Dr. Judith Giesberg and two fellow students on a study of the Institute for Colored Youth, an elite school for African American children in nineteenth century Philadelphia.

James Kopaczewski graduated from St. Joseph’s University in 2013 with a B.A. in History and International Relations. While at St. Joseph’s, Jim was a member of Phi Alpha Theta and served as a Summer Scholar where he researched Irish immigration to the United States in the early 19th century. Following graduation, he switched sides in the Holy War and made the short move up Lancaster Avenue to Villanova. At Villanova, he is a second year M.A. student whose concentration is in United States History with an emphasis on the Civil War Era. He is also interested in the Union home front in the Civil War, masculinity in the 19th century, and Irish-American studies.

Charlene Mires is the Director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities and Professor of History at Rutgers-Camden, where she teaches courses in public, urban, and U.S. history. She is the author of Independence Hall in American Memory (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002), which received the Philadelphia Athenaeum Literary Award; Capital of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations (NYU Press, 2013); as well as articles in The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Pennsylvania History, The Public Historian, and other journals. As a journalist, she was a co-winner of the Pulitzer Prize for general local reporting awarded to the staff of the Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel in 1983 for coverage of the floods that ravaged that city in 1982.

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Thursday, October 30, 7-9 p.m.
National Mechanics Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant

Think you know Philadelphia history? Test your knowledge of the City of Brotherly Love in this special pub quiz organized by the Delaware Valley Archivists Group as the capstone event of Archives Month Philly. Questions plumbed from the annals of our city’s past by your friendly local archivists will challenge you to recall the people, places, and events that make Philadelphia unique. For more information, link to the website of Archives Month Philly.

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Saturday, September 27, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Join the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) for this free guided walking tour to celebrate Philadelphia's wealth of cultural, historic and visitor sites. The event begins at 8 a.m. in the historic area, continues in four 2 ½ hour phases and ends at 7:30 pm at the Schuylkill River. Participants can elect to walk the entire tour, or join any phase. The Great Tour is free, but advance registration is highly recommended to ensure that there are enough guides for all phases of the tour. Registration instructions and added information on the tour are available on the APT website.

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Visit Philadelphia's industrial past and explore the changing landscape and communities of an industrial neighborhood on this walking tour presented by The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. Meet at the Philadelphia History Museum to join the Encyclopedia's tour project manager, Jacob Downs (M.A., Rutgers-Camden), for a short trip on the Market-Frankford El to the Tioga Street Station and the Harrowgate neighborhood, once a center for dye works, carpet mills, and other textile mills, and one of the most densely populated working-class areas of Philadelphia.

Drawing upon the work of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia's authors and editors, the tour offers an opportunity to engage with important questions about the dramatic changes that Harrowgate and similar neighborhoods have experienced in the past two centuries. Why did the characteristics of the neighborhood's population shift so dramatically in the twentieth century? What defines community, and what happens when community institutions are lost? Does a neighborhood need churches, banks, schools, and playgrounds to develop community? Why are some sections of the city experiencing problems with crime, poverty, and poor education, while others are being revitalized?

On a walk of about one mile, the tour will highlight the neighborhood's industrial past with visits to the former Richardson’s Mints factory and Luithlien Dye House. Along the way, we also will explore the meaning of community by examining the two major parishes in the area, St. Joan of Arc and Ascension of our Lord, and the ways they were affected by the neighborhood's changing changing demographics in the mid-twentieth century. The tour will move north toward the Sheridan Middle School and end with a walk through the Kensington and Allegheny (K & A) section, where signs of community from the past mingle with the present.

There is no charge for this tour, but space is limited. Please register in advance at http://harrowgatetour.eventbrite.com/.

This Walking Encyclopedia Tour is presented by the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, a civic project to increase understanding of the city and region, and administered by the Philadelphia History Museum. This project is made possible by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.

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Co-Sponsored Event: How close did Philadelphia come to becoming the Capital of the World?

Join the Philadelphia History Museum for the next event in its popular Conversations series. This program, presented in conjunction with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, will explore Capital of the World: The Race to the Host the United Nations, the newly published book by Charlene Mires, Associate Professor of History at Rutgers-Camden, and a co-recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism. With a sweeping view of the United States’ place in the world at the end of World War II, the book tells the dramatic, surprising, and at times comic story of hometown promoters in pursuit of an extraordinary prize and the diplomats who struggled with the balance of power at a pivotal moment in history. Mires will delve into the fascinating account of Philadelphia's involvement in the national competition to house the UN headquarters.

This event will be recorded for C-Span's Book TV. Visitors are invited to view the Museum's exhibitions from 5:00-6:00 p.m. The program begins promptly at 6:00 p.m., with a reception, including music from the 1940's and book signing.  Books will be available for purchase. Reception made possible by the NYU Press.

Free and open to the public.  Please register in advance.

Click here for more information or to register.

Teachers attending this event may register for Act 48 credits through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

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This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Still Philadelphia: A Photographic History, 1890-1940, one of the most acclaimed and successful photographic history books of the past generation. Compiled and written by Fredric M. Miller, Morris J. Vogel and Allen F. Davis, Still Philadelphia—which stands out as one of the best selling book’s in Temple University Press’s history—still shapes how the region’s history is told, while inspiring a new generation of social historians and photographers. The 2013 Fredric M. Miller Lecture joins with Temple University’s New Philadelphia History Forum in organizing a presentation of the book on April 24, 5-7:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia History Museum, 15 South Seventh Street, Philadelphia, 19106. Morris J. Vogel (President, Lower East Side Tenement Museum) and Allen F. Davis (Professor Emeritus, Temple University) will be joined by Philadelphia Inquirer metropolitan photography editor Cheryl Shugars for a roundtable discussion on the book’s legacy, the origins of the project, and the role of photography in shaping urban memory.

Free and open to the public. Museum galleries open for viewing at 5 p.m. Wine and cheese reception begins at 5:30 p.m.

All available seats for this program have been taken, but if you add your name to the waiting list, you will be notified if spaces become available: http://miller2013nphf.eventbrite.com/

The Fredric M. Miller Lecture in Public History is administered by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers-Camden. The New Philadelphia History Forum, now in its second year, is an annual public discussion of the emerging scholarship of the region’s history.

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Please join us for a free event sponsored by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania:

Chinatown: Past & Present
6 p.m. Thursday, November 8

At the Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School
1023 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia’s Chinatown is a small but resilient community that has consistently overcome outside threats and remains an important cultural center for Asians around the region. Its story raises larger issues of citizenship and rights, the meaning of community, and the diversity that enriches our city.

Join us for a discussion about Chinatown’s history and the legacies of its activism and redevelopment, featuring Kathryn E. Wilson, associate professor of history at Georgia State University; John William Chin, executive director of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation; Deborah Wei, the director of the Office of Multilingual Curriculum and Programs in the School District of Philadelphia; and Roseann Liu, PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Followed by a reception.

This FREE event is related to the recent publication of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Pennsylvania Legacies on the topic of Chinatown. Act 48/CEU credits are offered.

To register, visit: http://factschinatown.eventbrite.com

This event is made possible with support from the Connelly Foundation. Partners include the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, the Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School, and the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.

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The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT), a civic partner of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, will host its third annual "Great Twelve-Hour, River to River, Vine to Pine, Rain or Shine Tour" of Philadelphia on Saturday, September 8, 2012.

The Great Tour is a celebration of Philadelphia and the hundreds of museums, cultural venues, sites and organizations that it offers tourists and residents alike. Moreover, "it showcases the talents, expertise and commitment of our hard working tour guides and the pride they have in their city," according to  APT President, Bob Skiba.

This FREE guided walking tour encompasses some 200 city sites and attractions as it progresses from the Delaware River to the Schuylkill. 

The tour is organized into four phases or launch sites, with each phase covering one of four major sections of the City. Each launch site features a staging area where participants can sign in and take advantage of rest rooms and food vendors. Tour goers can join in at any phase of the tour. Every year a few hardy participants manage to complete the entire tour.

The four tour launch sites and times are:

  • 8 a.m. at the National Constitution Center
  • 11 a.m. at The Bourse at 5th Street
  • 2 p.m. at the Independence Visitors Center
  • 5 p.m. at City Hall Courtyard

Nearly 400 people from the Delaware Valley, as well as visitors from across the country, have participated in the past two annual tours. All of the professional guides leading the tour are certified by the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT).

Reservations are encouraged – to ensure an adequate deployment of guides for each phase of the tour – and can be made on line at APT’s website, http://www.phillyguides.org/greattour2012.aspx, which includes full information about the tour.  Registrations also are accepted at http://2012aptgreattour.eventbrite.com/

The Great Tour's co-sponsors include ushistory.org, The Philadelphia Neighborhood Consortium, and The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.

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Meet the Author:
David A. Canton
@ Girard College

TALK & BOOK SIGNING
with David A. Canton, Ph.D. (Professor, Connecticut College)
on his fascinating book, "Raymond Pace Alexander: A New Negro Lawyer Fights for Civil Rights in Philadelphia"
 
First Floor Ballroom in Founder's Hall at Girard College
2101 South College Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, June 16, 2012
2 - 4 p.m.
Moderator: Richard M. Cooper, Ph. D.
 
Alexander, a prominent black attorney in Philadelphia, was a major contributor to the northern civil rights struggle. Alexander was the leader in the 1950's struggle to desegregate Philadelphia's Girard College by race.  His Pennsylvania state historical marker stands just outside the gates of Girard College, 'Civil Rights Landmark.' Canton tells Alexander's story for the first time, mining Alexander's Papers now housed at the University of Pennsylvania Archives.

Questions? : Please contact Dr. Canton at dacan@conncoll.edu.
Parking: As you drive through the the Girard gates, tell the security staff what event you are attending, and they will tell you where to park. Please note that stairs are unavoidable at Founder's Hall.

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We're sorry, this program has been canceled.  Please watch this space for additional professional development opportunities for teachers.

 

Presented by The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia and our Cultural Partners

July 16-20, 2012 (with project research following, including one-hour consultations with editors July 23-24)

3 Graduate Credits

Join fellow humanities instructors this summer to discover new ways of exploring and teaching Philadelphia history, hands-on and up-close at the 2012 Teacher Institute of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. Guided by renowned historians, archivists, museum educators and editors of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, this course will provide immersive learning experiences at locations related to each day’s session, including: “City of Brotherly Love” and “City of Neighborhoods” at the Philadelphia History Museum; “Cradle of Liberty” at Independence National Historical Park; “Workshop of the World” at the National Archives; and “Corrupt and Contented” at the National Constitution Center. Sessions also include research time at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Urban Archives at Temple University, and the National Archives.

Beyond just lectures, Philadelphia History for Teachers includes hands-on workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, and discussion about putting this knowledge into action in the classroom during the intensive week-long institute. Participants will put the knowledge gained to use in two practical final projects, due August 3:

  • Lesson plans on Philadelphia history or researching local history.
  • An essay on a Philadelphia history topic, including reflection on the craft of researching and writing history.

Essays may be selected to appear in The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, and lesson plans may be selected for posting to the Encyclopedia and its partners' web sites.

The Institute is being offered through the Professional Institute for Educators at the University of the Arts, with tuition payable to the University. PIE offers discounts to UArts alumni and scholarships for teachers in the School District of Philadelphia.

Register online through the University of the Arts.  

(The title currently is listed incorrectly as "Philadelphia Museums" - but that's the right one!)

 

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Tuesday, November 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Historical Society of Pennsylvania

During the mid 19th century, large numbers of Irish citizens made the perilous journey to America with the the hopes of escaping poverty, famine, and oppression. As thousands of immigrants made Philadelphia their home, they were met with religious and ethnic prejudices.  Moderated by Charlene Mires, professor of History at Rutgers-Camden and editor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, a panel of experts will examine the challenges and issues faced by the Irish as they struggled to integrate into American society.  A reception and performance of traditional Irish music will follow. For complete information, link to the event website at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Speaker Bios:

Dr. William Watson is a professor of History at Immaculata University and Director of the Duffy's Cut Project. He's the author of  numerous articles and worked on several  books including: The Irish-Americans: The History and Culture of a People (forthcoming, ABC-Clio, November, 2014), The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut (Praeger, 2006), Tricolor and Crescent: France and the Islamic World, and The Collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union (Greenwood, 1998).

Zachary Schragg is a professor of history at George Mason University and the author of two books, The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro and Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965-2009, both published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. He is currently working on a narrative history of the Philadelphia riots of 1844 and contributed the essay on this topic for The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.

Michael Johnson graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2012 with a degree in History, United States concentration. While at Notre Dame he was a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the history national honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, a national academic honor society, and also served as a Gilder Lehrman History Scholar. His honors thesis “‘Be Patriots Because You Have a Country’: The Fenian Brotherhood and Irish-American Identity in Civil War-Era Philadelphia” received the University’s O’Hagan Award for best essay on Irish history. He is presently pursuing a Master’s Degree in History, United States concentration at Villanova University. His interests include nineteenth century United States History and the Civil War era, particularly questions of race, ethnicity, and identity. He is currently working with Dr. Judith Giesberg and two fellow students on a study of the Institute for Colored Youth, an elite school for African American children in nineteenth century Philadelphia.

James Kopaczewski graduated from St. Joseph’s University in 2013 with a B.A. in History and International Relations. While at St. Joseph’s, Jim was a member of Phi Alpha Theta and served as a Summer Scholar where he researched Irish immigration to the United States in the early 19th century. Following graduation, he switched sides in the Holy War and made the short move up Lancaster Avenue to Villanova. At Villanova, he is a second year M.A. student whose concentration is in United States History with an emphasis on the Civil War Era. He is also interested in the Union home front in the Civil War, masculinity in the 19th century, and Irish-American studies.

Charlene Mires is the Director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities and Professor of History at Rutgers-Camden, where she teaches courses in public, urban, and U.S. history. She is the author of Independence Hall in American Memory (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002), which received the Philadelphia Athenaeum Literary Award; Capital of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations (NYU Press, 2013); as well as articles in The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Pennsylvania History, The Public Historian, and other journals. As a journalist, she was a co-winner of the Pulitzer Prize for general local reporting awarded to the staff of the Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel in 1983 for coverage of the floods that ravaged that city in 1982.

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Meet the Author:
David A. Canton
@ Girard College

TALK & BOOK SIGNING
with David A. Canton, Ph.D. (Professor, Connecticut College)
on his fascinating book, "Raymond Pace Alexander: A New Negro Lawyer Fights for Civil Rights in Philadelphia"
 
First Floor Ballroom in Founder's Hall at Girard College
2101 South College Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, June 16, 2012
2 - 4 p.m.
Moderator: Richard M. Cooper, Ph. D.
 
Alexander, a prominent black attorney in Philadelphia, was a major contributor to the northern civil rights struggle. Alexander was the leader in the 1950's struggle to desegregate Philadelphia's Girard College by race.  His Pennsylvania state historical marker stands just outside the gates of Girard College, 'Civil Rights Landmark.' Canton tells Alexander's story for the first time, mining Alexander's Papers now housed at the University of Pennsylvania Archives.

Questions? : Please contact Dr. Canton at dacan@conncoll.edu.
Parking: As you drive through the the Girard gates, tell the security staff what event you are attending, and they will tell you where to park. Please note that stairs are unavoidable at Founder's Hall.

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We're sorry, this program has been canceled.  Please watch this space for additional professional development opportunities for teachers.

 

Presented by The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia and our Cultural Partners

July 16-20, 2012 (with project research following, including one-hour consultations with editors July 23-24)

3 Graduate Credits

Join fellow humanities instructors this summer to discover new ways of exploring and teaching Philadelphia history, hands-on and up-close at the 2012 Teacher Institute of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. Guided by renowned historians, archivists, museum educators and editors of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, this course will provide immersive learning experiences at locations related to each day’s session, including: “City of Brotherly Love” and “City of Neighborhoods” at the Philadelphia History Museum; “Cradle of Liberty” at Independence National Historical Park; “Workshop of the World” at the National Archives; and “Corrupt and Contented” at the National Constitution Center. Sessions also include research time at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Urban Archives at Temple University, and the National Archives.

Beyond just lectures, Philadelphia History for Teachers includes hands-on workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, and discussion about putting this knowledge into action in the classroom during the intensive week-long institute. Participants will put the knowledge gained to use in two practical final projects, due August 3:

  • Lesson plans on Philadelphia history or researching local history.
  • An essay on a Philadelphia history topic, including reflection on the craft of researching and writing history.

Essays may be selected to appear in The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, and lesson plans may be selected for posting to the Encyclopedia and its partners' web sites.

The Institute is being offered through the Professional Institute for Educators at the University of the Arts, with tuition payable to the University. PIE offers discounts to UArts alumni and scholarships for teachers in the School District of Philadelphia.

Register online through the University of the Arts.  

(The title currently is listed incorrectly as "Philadelphia Museums" - but that's the right one!)

 

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The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT), a civic partner of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, will host its third annual "Great Twelve-Hour, River to River, Vine to Pine, Rain or Shine Tour" of Philadelphia on Saturday, September 8, 2012.

The Great Tour is a celebration of Philadelphia and the hundreds of museums, cultural venues, sites and organizations that it offers tourists and residents alike. Moreover, "it showcases the talents, expertise and commitment of our hard working tour guides and the pride they have in their city," according to  APT President, Bob Skiba.

This FREE guided walking tour encompasses some 200 city sites and attractions as it progresses from the Delaware River to the Schuylkill. 

The tour is organized into four phases or launch sites, with each phase covering one of four major sections of the City. Each launch site features a staging area where participants can sign in and take advantage of rest rooms and food vendors. Tour goers can join in at any phase of the tour. Every year a few hardy participants manage to complete the entire tour.

The four tour launch sites and times are:

  • 8 a.m. at the National Constitution Center
  • 11 a.m. at The Bourse at 5th Street
  • 2 p.m. at the Independence Visitors Center
  • 5 p.m. at City Hall Courtyard

Nearly 400 people from the Delaware Valley, as well as visitors from across the country, have participated in the past two annual tours. All of the professional guides leading the tour are certified by the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT).

Reservations are encouraged – to ensure an adequate deployment of guides for each phase of the tour – and can be made on line at APT’s website, http://www.phillyguides.org/greattour2012.aspx, which includes full information about the tour.  Registrations also are accepted at http://2012aptgreattour.eventbrite.com/

The Great Tour's co-sponsors include ushistory.org, The Philadelphia Neighborhood Consortium, and The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.

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Please join us for a free event sponsored by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania:

Chinatown: Past & Present
6 p.m. Thursday, November 8

At the Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School
1023 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia’s Chinatown is a small but resilient community that has consistently overcome outside threats and remains an important cultural center for Asians around the region. Its story raises larger issues of citizenship and rights, the meaning of community, and the diversity that enriches our city.

Join us for a discussion about Chinatown’s history and the legacies of its activism and redevelopment, featuring Kathryn E. Wilson, associate professor of history at Georgia State University; John William Chin, executive director of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation; Deborah Wei, the director of the Office of Multilingual Curriculum and Programs in the School District of Philadelphia; and Roseann Liu, PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Followed by a reception.

This FREE event is related to the recent publication of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Pennsylvania Legacies on the topic of Chinatown. Act 48/CEU credits are offered.

To register, visit: http://factschinatown.eventbrite.com

This event is made possible with support from the Connelly Foundation. Partners include the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, the Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School, and the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.

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Co-Sponsored Event: How close did Philadelphia come to becoming the Capital of the World?

Join the Philadelphia History Museum for the next event in its popular Conversations series. This program, presented in conjunction with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, will explore Capital of the World: The Race to the Host the United Nations, the newly published book by Charlene Mires, Associate Professor of History at Rutgers-Camden, and a co-recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism. With a sweeping view of the United States’ place in the world at the end of World War II, the book tells the dramatic, surprising, and at times comic story of hometown promoters in pursuit of an extraordinary prize and the diplomats who struggled with the balance of power at a pivotal moment in history. Mires will delve into the fascinating account of Philadelphia's involvement in the national competition to house the UN headquarters.

This event will be recorded for C-Span's Book TV. Visitors are invited to view the Museum's exhibitions from 5:00-6:00 p.m. The program begins promptly at 6:00 p.m., with a reception, including music from the 1940's and book signing.  Books will be available for purchase. Reception made possible by the NYU Press.

Free and open to the public.  Please register in advance.

Click here for more information or to register.

Teachers attending this event may register for Act 48 credits through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

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This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Still Philadelphia: A Photographic History, 1890-1940, one of the most acclaimed and successful photographic history books of the past generation. Compiled and written by Fredric M. Miller, Morris J. Vogel and Allen F. Davis, Still Philadelphia—which stands out as one of the best selling book’s in Temple University Press’s history—still shapes how the region’s history is told, while inspiring a new generation of social historians and photographers. The 2013 Fredric M. Miller Lecture joins with Temple University’s New Philadelphia History Forum in organizing a presentation of the book on April 24, 5-7:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia History Museum, 15 South Seventh Street, Philadelphia, 19106. Morris J. Vogel (President, Lower East Side Tenement Museum) and Allen F. Davis (Professor Emeritus, Temple University) will be joined by Philadelphia Inquirer metropolitan photography editor Cheryl Shugars for a roundtable discussion on the book’s legacy, the origins of the project, and the role of photography in shaping urban memory.

Free and open to the public. Museum galleries open for viewing at 5 p.m. Wine and cheese reception begins at 5:30 p.m.

All available seats for this program have been taken, but if you add your name to the waiting list, you will be notified if spaces become available: http://miller2013nphf.eventbrite.com/

The Fredric M. Miller Lecture in Public History is administered by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers-Camden. The New Philadelphia History Forum, now in its second year, is an annual public discussion of the emerging scholarship of the region’s history.

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Visit Philadelphia's industrial past and explore the changing landscape and communities of an industrial neighborhood on this walking tour presented by The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. Meet at the Philadelphia History Museum to join the Encyclopedia's tour project manager, Jacob Downs (M.A., Rutgers-Camden), for a short trip on the Market-Frankford El to the Tioga Street Station and the Harrowgate neighborhood, once a center for dye works, carpet mills, and other textile mills, and one of the most densely populated working-class areas of Philadelphia.

Drawing upon the work of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia's authors and editors, the tour offers an opportunity to engage with important questions about the dramatic changes that Harrowgate and similar neighborhoods have experienced in the past two centuries. Why did the characteristics of the neighborhood's population shift so dramatically in the twentieth century? What defines community, and what happens when community institutions are lost? Does a neighborhood need churches, banks, schools, and playgrounds to develop community? Why are some sections of the city experiencing problems with crime, poverty, and poor education, while others are being revitalized?

On a walk of about one mile, the tour will highlight the neighborhood's industrial past with visits to the former Richardson’s Mints factory and Luithlien Dye House. Along the way, we also will explore the meaning of community by examining the two major parishes in the area, St. Joan of Arc and Ascension of our Lord, and the ways they were affected by the neighborhood's changing changing demographics in the mid-twentieth century. The tour will move north toward the Sheridan Middle School and end with a walk through the Kensington and Allegheny (K & A) section, where signs of community from the past mingle with the present.

There is no charge for this tour, but space is limited. Please register in advance at http://harrowgatetour.eventbrite.com/.

This Walking Encyclopedia Tour is presented by the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, a civic project to increase understanding of the city and region, and administered by the Philadelphia History Museum. This project is made possible by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.

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Saturday, September 27, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Join the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) for this free guided walking tour to celebrate Philadelphia's wealth of cultural, historic and visitor sites. The event begins at 8 a.m. in the historic area, continues in four 2 ½ hour phases and ends at 7:30 pm at the Schuylkill River. Participants can elect to walk the entire tour, or join any phase. The Great Tour is free, but advance registration is highly recommended to ensure that there are enough guides for all phases of the tour. Registration instructions and added information on the tour are available on the APT website.

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Thursday, October 30, 7-9 p.m.
National Mechanics Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant

Think you know Philadelphia history? Test your knowledge of the City of Brotherly Love in this special pub quiz organized by the Delaware Valley Archivists Group as the capstone event of Archives Month Philly. Questions plumbed from the annals of our city’s past by your friendly local archivists will challenge you to recall the people, places, and events that make Philadelphia unique. For more information, link to the website of Archives Month Philly.

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Tuesday, November 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Historical Society of Pennsylvania

During the mid 19th century, large numbers of Irish citizens made the perilous journey to America with the the hopes of escaping poverty, famine, and oppression. As thousands of immigrants made Philadelphia their home, they were met with religious and ethnic prejudices.  Moderated by Charlene Mires, professor of History at Rutgers-Camden and editor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, a panel of experts will examine the challenges and issues faced by the Irish as they struggled to integrate into American society.  A reception and performance of traditional Irish music will follow. For complete information, link to the event website at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Speaker Bios:

Dr. William Watson is a professor of History at Immaculata University and Director of the Duffy's Cut Project. He's the author of  numerous articles and worked on several  books including: The Irish-Americans: The History and Culture of a People (forthcoming, ABC-Clio, November, 2014), The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut (Praeger, 2006), Tricolor and Crescent: France and the Islamic World, and The Collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union (Greenwood, 1998).

Zachary Schragg is a professor of history at George Mason University and the author of two books, The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro and Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965-2009, both published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. He is currently working on a narrative history of the Philadelphia riots of 1844 and contributed the essay on this topic for The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.

Michael Johnson graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2012 with a degree in History, United States concentration. While at Notre Dame he was a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the history national honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, a national academic honor society, and also served as a Gilder Lehrman History Scholar. His honors thesis “‘Be Patriots Because You Have a Country’: The Fenian Brotherhood and Irish-American Identity in Civil War-Era Philadelphia” received the University’s O’Hagan Award for best essay on Irish history. He is presently pursuing a Master’s Degree in History, United States concentration at Villanova University. His interests include nineteenth century United States History and the Civil War era, particularly questions of race, ethnicity, and identity. He is currently working with Dr. Judith Giesberg and two fellow students on a study of the Institute for Colored Youth, an elite school for African American children in nineteenth century Philadelphia.

James Kopaczewski graduated from St. Joseph’s University in 2013 with a B.A. in History and International Relations. While at St. Joseph’s, Jim was a member of Phi Alpha Theta and served as a Summer Scholar where he researched Irish immigration to the United States in the early 19th century. Following graduation, he switched sides in the Holy War and made the short move up Lancaster Avenue to Villanova. At Villanova, he is a second year M.A. student whose concentration is in United States History with an emphasis on the Civil War Era. He is also interested in the Union home front in the Civil War, masculinity in the 19th century, and Irish-American studies.

Charlene Mires is the Director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities and Professor of History at Rutgers-Camden, where she teaches courses in public, urban, and U.S. history. She is the author of Independence Hall in American Memory (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002), which received the Philadelphia Athenaeum Literary Award; Capital of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations (NYU Press, 2013); as well as articles in The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Pennsylvania History, The Public Historian, and other journals. As a journalist, she was a co-winner of the Pulitzer Prize for general local reporting awarded to the staff of the Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel in 1983 for coverage of the floods that ravaged that city in 1982.

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Archived Events

  • November 11, 2014, 6:30-8:30 p.m.—Co-Sponsored Event: Leaving the Emerald Isle: Trials and Tribulations of Irish Immigrants in 19th-Century Philadelphia

    Tuesday, November 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Historical Society of Pennsylvania

    During the mid 19th century, large numbers of Irish citizens made the perilous journey to America with the the hopes of escaping poverty, famine, and oppression. As thousands of immigrants made Philadelphia their home, they were met with religious and ethnic prejudices.  Moderated by Charlene Mires, professor of History at Rutgers-Camden and editor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, a panel of experts will examine the challenges and issues faced by the Irish as they struggled to integrate into American society.  A reception and performance of traditional Irish music will follow. For complete information, link to the event website at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

    Speaker Bios:

    Dr. William Watson is a professor of History at Immaculata University and Director of the Duffy’s Cut Project. He’s the author of  numerous articles and worked on several  books including: The Irish-Americans: The History and Culture of a People (forthcoming, ABC-Clio, November, 2014), The Ghosts of Duffy’s Cut (Praeger, 2006), Tricolor and Crescent: France and the Islamic World, and The Collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union (Greenwood, 1998).

    Zachary Schragg is a professor of history at George Mason University and the author of two books, The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro and Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965-2009, both published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. He is currently working on a narrative history of the Philadelphia riots of 1844 and contributed the essay on this topic for The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.

    Michael Johnson graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2012 with a degree in History, United States concentration. While at Notre Dame he was a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the history national honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, a national academic honor society, and also served as a Gilder Lehrman History Scholar. His honors thesis “‘Be Patriots Because You Have a Country’: The Fenian Brotherhood and Irish-American Identity in Civil War-Era Philadelphia” received the University’s O’Hagan Award for best essay on Irish history. He is presently pursuing a Master’s Degree in History, United States concentration at Villanova University. His interests include nineteenth century United States History and the Civil War era, particularly questions of race, ethnicity, and identity. He is currently working with Dr. Judith Giesberg and two fellow students on a study of the Institute for Colored Youth, an elite school for African American children in nineteenth century Philadelphia.

    James Kopaczewski graduated from St. Joseph’s University in 2013 with a B.A. in History and International Relations. While at St. Joseph’s, Jim was a member of Phi Alpha Theta and served as a Summer Scholar where he researched Irish immigration to the United States in the early 19th century. Following graduation, he switched sides in the Holy War and made the short move up Lancaster Avenue to Villanova. At Villanova, he is a second year M.A. student whose concentration is in United States History with an emphasis on the Civil War Era. He is also interested in the Union home front in the Civil War, masculinity in the 19th century, and Irish-American studies.

    Charlene Mires is the Director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities and Professor of History at Rutgers-Camden, where she teaches courses in public, urban, and U.S. history. She is the author of Independence Hall in American Memory (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002), which received the Philadelphia Athenaeum Literary Award; Capital of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations (NYU Press, 2013); as well as articles in The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Pennsylvania History, The Public Historian, and other journals. As a journalist, she was a co-winner of the Pulitzer Prize for general local reporting awarded to the staff of the Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel in 1983 for coverage of the floods that ravaged that city in 1982.


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

  • October 30, 2014, 7-9 p.m.—Co-Sponsored Event: Philadelphia History Quizzo

    Thursday, October 30, 7-9 p.m.
    National Mechanics Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant

    Think you know Philadelphia history? Test your knowledge of the City of Brotherly Love in this special pub quiz organized by the Delaware Valley Archivists Group as the capstone event of Archives Month Philly. Questions plumbed from the annals of our city’s past by your friendly local archivists will challenge you to recall the people, places, and events that make Philadelphia unique. For more information, link to the website of Archives Month Philly.


    Location: National Mechanics Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant, 22 S. Third Street, Philadelphia

  • September 27, 2014, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.—Co-Sponsored Event: The Great Twelve-Hour, River to River, Vine to Pine, Rain or Shine Tour of Philadelphia

    Saturday, September 27, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

    Join the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) for this free guided walking tour to celebrate Philadelphia’s wealth of cultural, historic and visitor sites. The event begins at 8 a.m. in the historic area, continues in four 2 ½ hour phases and ends at 7:30 pm at the Schuylkill River. Participants can elect to walk the entire tour, or join any phase. The Great Tour is free, but advance registration is highly recommended to ensure that there are enough guides for all phases of the tour. Registration instructions and added information on the tour are available on the APT website.


    Location: Center City Philadelphia

  • September 14, 2013, 1-3:30 p.m.—Living in the Industrial Neighborhood: Philadelphia’s Harrowgate Section (Walking Encyclopedia Tour)

    Visit Philadelphia’s industrial past and explore the changing landscape and communities of an industrial neighborhood on this walking tour presented by The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. Meet at the Philadelphia History Museum to join the Encyclopedia’s tour project manager, Jacob Downs (M.A., Rutgers-Camden), for a short trip on the Market-Frankford El to the Tioga Street Station and the Harrowgate neighborhood, once a center for dye works, carpet mills, and other textile mills, and one of the most densely populated working-class areas of Philadelphia.

    Drawing upon the work of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia’s authors and editors, the tour offers an opportunity to engage with important questions about the dramatic changes that Harrowgate and similar neighborhoods have experienced in the past two centuries. Why did the characteristics of the neighborhood’s population shift so dramatically in the twentieth century? What defines community, and what happens when community institutions are lost? Does a neighborhood need churches, banks, schools, and playgrounds to develop community? Why are some sections of the city experiencing problems with crime, poverty, and poor education, while others are being revitalized?

    On a walk of about one mile, the tour will highlight the neighborhood’s industrial past with visits to the former Richardson’s Mints factory and Luithlien Dye House. Along the way, we also will explore the meaning of community by examining the two major parishes in the area, St. Joan of Arc and Ascension of our Lord, and the ways they were affected by the neighborhood’s changing changing demographics in the mid-twentieth century. The tour will move north toward the Sheridan Middle School and end with a walk through the Kensington and Allegheny (K & A) section, where signs of community from the past mingle with the present.

    There is no charge for this tour, but space is limited. Please register in advance at http://harrowgatetour.eventbrite.com/.

    This Walking Encyclopedia Tour is presented by the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, a civic project to increase understanding of the city and region, and administered by the Philadelphia History Museum. This project is made possible by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.


    Location: Meet at Philadelphia History Museum, 15 S. Seventh St., Philadelphia

  • April 24, 2013, 5-7 p.m.—Still Philadelphia: A Photographic History

    This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Still Philadelphia: A Photographic History, 1890-1940, one of the most acclaimed and successful photographic history books of the past generation. Compiled and written by Fredric M. Miller, Morris J. Vogel and Allen F. Davis, Still Philadelphia—which stands out as one of the best selling book’s in Temple University Press’s history—still shapes how the region’s history is told, while inspiring a new generation of social historians and photographers. The 2013 Fredric M. Miller Lecture joins with Temple University’s New Philadelphia History Forum in organizing a presentation of the book on April 24, 5-7:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia History Museum, 15 South Seventh Street, Philadelphia, 19106. Morris J. Vogel (President, Lower East Side Tenement Museum) and Allen F. Davis (Professor Emeritus, Temple University) will be joined by Philadelphia Inquirer metropolitan photography editor Cheryl Shugars for a roundtable discussion on the book’s legacy, the origins of the project, and the role of photography in shaping urban memory.

    Free and open to the public. Museum galleries open for viewing at 5 p.m. Wine and cheese reception begins at 5:30 p.m.

    All available seats for this program have been taken, but if you add your name to the waiting list, you will be notified if spaces become available: http://miller2013nphf.eventbrite.com/

    The Fredric M. Miller Lecture in Public History is administered by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers-Camden. The New Philadelphia History Forum, now in its second year, is an annual public discussion of the emerging scholarship of the region’s history.


    Location: Philadelphia History Museum, 15 S. Seventh St., Philadelphia

  • April 03, 2013, 5-7 p.m.—Capital of the World: Philadelphia’s Race to Host the United Nations

    Co-Sponsored Event: How close did Philadelphia come to becoming the Capital of the World?

    Join the Philadelphia History Museum for the next event in its popular Conversations series. This program, presented in conjunction with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, will explore Capital of the World: The Race to the Host the United Nations, the newly published book by Charlene Mires, Associate Professor of History at Rutgers-Camden, and a co-recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism. With a sweeping view of the United States’ place in the world at the end of World War II, the book tells the dramatic, surprising, and at times comic story of hometown promoters in pursuit of an extraordinary prize and the diplomats who struggled with the balance of power at a pivotal moment in history. Mires will delve into the fascinating account of Philadelphia’s involvement in the national competition to house the UN headquarters.

    This event will be recorded for C-Span’s Book TV. Visitors are invited to view the Museum’s exhibitions from 5:00-6:00 p.m. The program begins promptly at 6:00 p.m., with a reception, including music from the 1940’s and book signing.  Books will be available for purchase. Reception made possible by the NYU Press.

    Free and open to the public.  Please register in advance.

    Click here for more information or to register.

    Teachers attending this event may register for Act 48 credits through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.


    Location: Philadelphia History Museum, 15 S. Seventh St., Philadelphia

  • November 08, 2012, 6 p.m.—Co-Sponsored Event: Chinatown: Past & Present

    Please join us for a free event sponsored by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania:

    Chinatown: Past & Present
    6 p.m. Thursday, November 8

    At the Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School
    1023 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA

    Philadelphia’s Chinatown is a small but resilient community that has consistently overcome outside threats and remains an important cultural center for Asians around the region. Its story raises larger issues of citizenship and rights, the meaning of community, and the diversity that enriches our city.

    Join us for a discussion about Chinatown’s history and the legacies of its activism and redevelopment, featuring Kathryn E. Wilson, associate professor of history at Georgia State University; John William Chin, executive director of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation; Deborah Wei, the director of the Office of Multilingual Curriculum and Programs in the School District of Philadelphia; and Roseann Liu, PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Followed by a reception.

    This FREE event is related to the recent publication of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Pennsylvania Legacies on the topic of Chinatown. Act 48/CEU credits are offered.

    To register, visit: http://factschinatown.eventbrite.com

    This event is made possible with support from the Connelly Foundation. Partners include the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, the Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School, and the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.


    Location: Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School, 1023 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia

  • September 08, 2012, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.—Co-Sponsored Event: The Great Twelve-Hour, River to River, Vine to Pine, Rain or Shine Tour

    The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT), a civic partner of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, will host its third annual “Great Twelve-Hour, River to River, Vine to Pine, Rain or Shine Tour” of Philadelphia on Saturday, September 8, 2012.

    The Great Tour is a celebration of Philadelphia and the hundreds of museums, cultural venues, sites and organizations that it offers tourists and residents alike. Moreover, “it showcases the talents, expertise and commitment of our hard working tour guides and the pride they have in their city,” according to  APT President, Bob Skiba.

    This FREE guided walking tour encompasses some 200 city sites and attractions as it progresses from the Delaware River to the Schuylkill. 

    The tour is organized into four phases or launch sites, with each phase covering one of four major sections of the City. Each launch site features a staging area where participants can sign in and take advantage of rest rooms and food vendors. Tour goers can join in at any phase of the tour. Every year a few hardy participants manage to complete the entire tour.

    The four tour launch sites and times are:

    • 8 a.m. at the National Constitution Center
    • 11 a.m. at The Bourse at 5th Street
    • 2 p.m. at the Independence Visitors Center
    • 5 p.m. at City Hall Courtyard

    Nearly 400 people from the Delaware Valley, as well as visitors from across the country, have participated in the past two annual tours. All of the professional guides leading the tour are certified by the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT).

    Reservations are encouraged – to ensure an adequate deployment of guides for each phase of the tour – and can be made on line at APT’s website, http://www.phillyguides.org/greattour2012.aspx, which includes full information about the tour.  Registrations also are accepted at http://2012aptgreattour.eventbrite.com/

    The Great Tour’s co-sponsors include ushistory.org, The Philadelphia Neighborhood Consortium, and The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.


    Location: four launch sites (see event description)

  • July 16, 2012-July 20, 2012—Summer Institute: Philadelphia History for Teachers

    We’re sorry, this program has been canceled.  Please watch this space for additional professional development opportunities for teachers.

     

    Presented by The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia and our Cultural Partners

    July 16-20, 2012 (with project research following, including one-hour consultations with editors July 23-24)

    3 Graduate Credits

    Join fellow humanities instructors this summer to discover new ways of exploring and teaching Philadelphia history, hands-on and up-close at the 2012 Teacher Institute of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. Guided by renowned historians, archivists, museum educators and editors of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, this course will provide immersive learning experiences at locations related to each day’s session, including: “City of Brotherly Love” and “City of Neighborhoods” at the Philadelphia History Museum; “Cradle of Liberty” at Independence National Historical Park; “Workshop of the World” at the National Archives; and “Corrupt and Contented” at the National Constitution Center. Sessions also include research time at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Urban Archives at Temple University, and the National Archives.

    Beyond just lectures, Philadelphia History for Teachers includes hands-on workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, and discussion about putting this knowledge into action in the classroom during the intensive week-long institute. Participants will put the knowledge gained to use in two practical final projects, due August 3:

    • Lesson plans on Philadelphia history or researching local history.
    • An essay on a Philadelphia history topic, including reflection on the craft of researching and writing history.

    Essays may be selected to appear in The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, and lesson plans may be selected for posting to the Encyclopedia and its partners’ web sites.

    The Institute is being offered through the Professional Institute for Educators at the University of the Arts, with tuition payable to the University. PIE offers discounts to UArts alumni and scholarships for teachers in the School District of Philadelphia.

    Register online through the University of the Arts.  

    (The title currently is listed incorrectly as “Philadelphia Museums” – but that’s the right one!)

     


    Location: various locations

  • June 16, 2012, 2-4 p.m.—Co-Sponsored Event: Meet the Author, David A. Canton

    Meet the Author:
    David A. Canton
    @ Girard College

    TALK & BOOK SIGNING
    with David A. Canton, Ph.D. (Professor, Connecticut College)
    on his fascinating book, “Raymond Pace Alexander: A New Negro Lawyer Fights for Civil Rights in Philadelphia”
     
    First Floor Ballroom in Founder’s Hall at Girard College
    2101 South College Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
    Saturday, June 16, 2012
    2 – 4 p.m.
    Moderator: Richard M. Cooper, Ph. D.
     
    Alexander, a prominent black attorney in Philadelphia, was a major contributor to the northern civil rights struggle. Alexander was the leader in the 1950’s struggle to desegregate Philadelphia’s Girard College by race.  His Pennsylvania state historical marker stands just outside the gates of Girard College, ‘Civil Rights Landmark.’ Canton tells Alexander’s story for the first time, mining Alexander’s Papers now housed at the University of Pennsylvania Archives.

    Questions? : Please contact Dr. Canton at dacan@conncoll.edu.
    Parking: As you drive through the the Girard gates, tell the security staff what event you are attending, and they will tell you where to park. Please note that stairs are unavoidable at Founder’s Hall.


    Location: Girard College, 2101 S. College Ave., Philadelphia

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