Benjamin Franklin: He Didn’t Let Grass Grow Under His Feet!

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Celebrating Older Americans Month 2016: Benjamin Franklin: He Didn’t Let Grass Grow Under His Feet!
Or 70 was the new 50 in the 1770s

On the Afternoon of April 24, 1941

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On the afternoon of April 24, 1941, 149 of Philadelphia’s civic leaders gathered to formally dedicate the Atwater Kent Museum to the people of the city. This was a tense time in Philadelphia: the nation was only just emerging from the Great Depression, and was already preparing for what many Americans felt was an inevitable entry into the Second World War.

Philadelphia's Cherry Blossoms

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New to the blog is our PhilaHistory Field Trips series! Each month staff will explore a topic that takes us offsite and face-to-face with Philadelphia's stories. With over 90 neighborhoods and 330 years of hometown history, we look forward to discovering diverse and exciting historical terrain. If you have a topic suggestion for staff please email info@philadelphiahistory.org, and remember to follow #PhilaHistoryFieldTrips on the Museum's Instagram and Twitter.

The Irish In Philadelphia

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New to the blog is our PhilaHistory Field Trips series! Each month staff will explore a topic that takes us offsite and face-to-face with Philadelphia's stories. With over 90 neighborhoods and 330 years of hometown history, we look forward to discovering diverse and exciting historical terrain. If you have a topic suggestion for staff please email info@philadelphiahistory.org, and remember to follow #PhilaHistoryFieldTrips on the Museum's Instagram and Twitter.

Franklin’s Philly is our Philly; Franklin’s America is our America

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Hello, Philadelphia! This is my first blog post, and my father always says that, when considering the great “firsts” in American history, “always go with Benjamin Franklin”. In Philadelphia, Franklin looms large over our public consciousness. A science museum, two high schools, and a large Parkway are all named after him. Everyone in Philadelphia has at least some inkling of his deeds and pioneering efforts – the first fire company, the first public library, the first lightning rod.

International Women's Day

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Highlighting the achievements of women on a designated day began in the first decade of the 20th century with National Women’s Day that evolved into International Women’s Day.

Object Spotlight: George Washington's Pocket Watch

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We’re spotlighting George Washington’s pocket watch, made by Parisian watchmaker Jean Antione Lépine. (On view in the Museum's The Ordinary, the Extraordinary, and the Unknown: The Power of Objects exhibition.) Philadelphia served as our nation’s capital from 1790-1800, during the presidencies of George Washington and John Adams. This time period coincided with the French Revolution.

PHILAHISTORY FIELD TRIPS: WHISPERING BENCHES

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New to the blog is our PhilaHistory Field Trips series! Each month staff will explore a topic that takes us offsite and face-to-face with Philadelphia's stories. With over 90 neighborhoods and 330 years of hometown history, we look forward to discovering diverse and exciting historical terrain. If you have a topic suggestion for staff please email info@philadelphiahistory.org, and remember to follow #PhilaHistoryFieldTrips on the Museum's Instagram and Twitter.

Welcome to winter!

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Welcome to winter weather, Philadelphia! On this brisk winter morning in 1906, pedestrians on Filbert Street (today, John F. Kennedy Boulevard) braced themselves against the gusting wind as trolleys and horse-drawn sleighs pushed through the snow-covered street around City Hall. Let's take a walk through this postcard from the Museum's collection and explore a winter weather day in the early 20th century. 

PhilaHistory Field Trips: A Sweet Story

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New to the blog is our PhilaHistory Field Trips series! Each month staff will explore a topic that takes us offsite and face-to-face with Philadelphia's stories. With over 90 neighborhoods and 330 years of hometown history, we look forward to discovering diverse and exciting historical terrain. If you have a topic suggestion for staff please email info@philadelphiahistory.org, and remember to follow #PhilaHistoryFieldTrips on the Museum's Instagram and Twitter.