Over 150 guests attend the 4th Annual Young Friends-hosted Cocktails in the Courtyard Garden Party

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With a wonderful medley of seasonal treats and hors d'oeuvres provided by Brûlée Catering and Dock Street Brewery's always flavorful beer selection, over 150 guests made the most of the 4th Annual Young Friends-hosted Cocktails in the Courtyard Garden Party. The black and white affair thrived with the rocksteady reggae music was provided by local DJ, Jaime Dillon; attendees couldn't help but sway to the beat! The weather was perfect and everyone stayed true to theme, including our co-sponsors, the ladies of The Red Bag Report.

"Tell your Northern Liberties Story"

"Tell your Northern Liberties Story"

I was born January 8, 1947 and took up residence at 913 North 6th Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Although I did not know it at that time, the neighborhood into which I was born was then known (as it is now known) as "Northern Liberties." I lived there until I was 8 years old in a large three story brick home (with an outhouse) owned by my grandmother. It was occupied by three families-my grandmother, my mother's sister and her husband and two children; and, my family.

“REBELS & LOYALISTS” PHILADELPHIANS IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION: Gallery Guide

As you explore our galleries, use this guide to focus on Philadelphia’s role in the Revolution as the British and the rebelling colonists fought over the city. Philadelphians had to choose whether to side with the patriots, who supported American independence, or the loyalists, or Tories, who wanted the colonies to stay under British rule. Those who remained “non-affiliated,” such as the pacifist Quakers, could still be exiled for their neutrality.

Radio Manufacturer A. Atwater Kent Purchased the House at 239 Arch Street

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In 1937 at the request of Philadelphia Mayor Wilson, radio manufacturer A. Atwater Kent purchased the house at 239 Arch Street, a popular tourist attraction known as the Betsy Ross House, giving it to the City to preserve as part of the nation’s founding history. Today the house and its adjacent lot continue to draw thousands of visitors annually to hear the story, for which no hard evidence exists, of Betsy Ross making the first American flag.

A little History for a Happy Mother's Day

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After her mother’s death in 1905, Philadelphia resident Anna Jarvis began the “Mother’s Day Movement, to honor her mother and all mothers’ love and devotion to family. Her national campaign generated much support in many quarters including retailers and the florist trade who saw it as an opportunity to increase the sale of flowers, cards, and other gift items. As the celebration of Mother’s Day became more commercialized, Jarvis tried unsuccessfully to return it to her original simple vision to honor mothers.

Start the season with a walk through Phillies History!

What better way to start the season than with a few Phillies fast facts? Explore our walkable map by finding these Phillies locations!

Recreation Park: 1883-1887 (R24)
24th Street and Ridge Avenue
The first Phillies game was played May 1, 1883 at Recreation Park on the corner of 24th Street and Ridge Avenue with the team losing 4-3 to the Providence Grays. The Phillies stayed in this stadium for the next 4 years.

Baker Bowl: 1887-1938 (T22)
Broad Street and Lehigh Avenue

The students of Girard College celebrate Easter 1947

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The students of Girard College celebrate Easter 1947. This photograph comes from a collection of outtakes donated by photographer G. William Holland. He was commissioned to produce photographs for the College’s 100th Anniversary celebration in 1948. Even President Harry S. Truman recognized the anniversary in a May 20th CBS Special Broadcast. The 70+ photographs in the collection are a window into the school year of 1947 and show students in class, going to dances, performing gymnastics, working on projects in wood shop, and even at the dentist.

Women’s History Month Gallery Guide

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While exploring our exhibitions, use this guide to focus your visit on women’s history in Philadelphia from the 1700s through the 20th Century. Throughout our galleries you will find objects, paintings, and photographs that reflect the lives of women as workers, activists, entertainers, educators, religious leaders, philanthropists, home makers, trend setters, and politicians. Please refer to the iPads in our galleries for more information on the artifacts on display.

Celebrating Black History Month

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Throughout the month, the Museum will feature photographs depicting the African American experience in Philadelphia spanning numerous decades. The photographs were taken by photojournalist Neil Benson, who worked in Philadelphia from 1970 to 2000. He donated to the Museum thousands of negatives, contact sheet prints, full prints of selected photographs, and tear sheets from publications in which his photographs appeared.