Philadelphians, the 'Great' War, and the World

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November 11, 2014 is Veterans Day, a federal holiday, when most public schools and many workplaces (including the Philadelphia History Museum) will be closed. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson declared that November 11th would be Armistice Day, a day to commemorate the end of World War I with the signing of the official end of hostilities on “the eleventh day of the eleventh month.” In 1954, Congress amended Armistice Day to become Veterans Day, to honor the service of all veterans of all wars.

Celebrating Jeffrey Ray Day

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It’s hard to say ‘good-by and have a happy retirement’ to someone who knows all the nooks and crannies of the Philadelphia History Museum. Jeffrey Ray, Senior Curator, had been with the Philadelphia History Museum for 29 years. He not only knew when the old boiler system had been last repaired, he also could tell you a story about what happened when they put in the Marian Mitchell Garden back in the 1991. 

An Interview with Author Thom Nickels Of Legendary Locals of Center City Philadelphia

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for an evening with author Thom Nickels as he reveals the intriguing characters and everyday citizens who have made Center City Philadelphia’s history legendary. Legendary Locals of Center City Philadelphia shares the stories of unique individuals and groups, past and present, who have had a lasting impact on the community throughout its history. Accompanying the discussion will be a live painting by Philadelphia Pop Artist Perry Milou.  

Hey, Philadelphia! Are you ready for the City Social?

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Hey, Philadelphia! Are you ready for the City Social?

For the first time in over 72 years, the Philadelphia History Museum, will host a fundraiser on October 14, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., to help support and bring awareness to the newly remodeled museum. Deemed “City Social” the event takes place in the Museum’s 1826 historic building and garden with Mayor Michael A. Nutter and First Lady Lisa Nutter as its first honorees.

A CITY OF IMMIGRATION: THE MAKING OF PHILADELPHIA

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Since the founding of Philadelphia, immigrants shaped, and continue to shape, how people work, interact, and create in Philadelphia. William Penn, Philadelphia’s founding father, was an immigrant from England. Consequently, the stories of immigrants are essential in the telling of this city’s history. This is represented in our galleries. As you explore our galleries, use this guide to focus on how immigration has contributed to the making of today’s vibrant and ever-changing Philadelphia.

"Tell your Northern Liberties Story"

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I moved to Northern Liberties when I graduated from art school in 1978. I rented the top floor of a four-story factory building at 3rd and Green Streets with one of my fellow sculpture students. We had 2,000 square feet, huge skylights, and a first, no heat. The rest of our building was completely empty – the owners, who had a porno pint shop on the first floor, had moved out. The rest of our block was empty too and we used to tell our friends that we lived at “3rd and Nowhere”.

THE WORLD’S GREATEST WORKSHOP: Work and Labor in Philadelphia

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A 1908 infographic published by the Executive Committee of Founders Week labeled Philadelphia “The World’s Greatest Workshop,” so named for its strong industrial tradition. Since its founding Philadelphia has been shaped by work, whether craft production, manufacturing, or art. As you explore our galleries today, use this guide to focus on how Philadelphians have worked and their legacy of labor.

NEW FACES AT THE MUSEUM

Nellie Hunter spent her summer at Philadelphia History Museum interning under Museum Historian Cindy Little in the Education department. A Philadelphia native, Nellie is a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying American History and Anthropology. Nellie will be helping to lead tours and programs for visiting groups and creating gallery guides highlighting different objects in the collection for holidays such as the Fourth of July and Labor Day.

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.