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.

Chocolate in Philadelphia: A Sweet History

Happy Valentine's Day from the Museum that LOVES Philadelphia. Enjoy a little sweet history on Philadelphia's delectable past.

Celebrating Black History Month

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The Philadelphia History Museum joins in celebrating the Year of the Horse this Chinese New Year

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The Philadelphia History Museum joins in celebrating the Year of the Horse this Chinese New Year. While the exuberant street parade and fire crackers spell Chinese New Year to the City; Chinese families also celebrate in their homes and in restaurants. The lamps pictured below, which belonged to restaurant owner Henry Loo, represent those ways of celebrating their culture.

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Philadelphia History Museum joined millions in remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. this month.

When Martin Luther King, Jr. arrived at the Crozer Theological Seminary near Chester, Pennsylvania in 1948 to pursue graduate study, he found himself at an institution where professors introduced him to pacifism and to nonviolence as a method of social reform. His years at Crozer strengthened his commitment to the Christian social gospel that addressed poverty, economic insecurity, unemployment, and slum housing.

STAFF SHARE PHILADELPHIA HOLIDAY MEMORIES

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Philadelphia History Museum staff were asked to share memorable Philadelphia holiday memories. Here are some highlights. Enjoy!

TEMPLE STUDENTS ASSIST MUSEUM WITH NATIONAL HISTORY DAY

This past October and November Megan Mulhern (pictured left) and Eve Freeman (pictured right), education major at Temple University, spent three hours per week at the Museum through the Cultural Fieldwork Initiative, the first cultural practicum in the nation for emerging educators, now in its third year. The Philadelphia History Museum is one of 23 local cultural organizations participating in this effort that introduces pre-service educators to National History Day (NHD) and the resources these institutions can offer teachers and their students.

Snow Falls In Museum's Marian Mitchell Garden

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A few inches of snow covering the trees and the parks made the city look beautiful and festive yesterday. The Museum’s Marian Mitchell Garden glistened with freshly fallen flakes.

Hopefully our statue “Saint Fiacre” does not mind spending some time in the snow, with our second snow storm of the year under our belts in early December.