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Stories Behind Our “Village Greens”

For almost three hundred years, the eastern edge of “Queen Village” was a nexus of commerce and domesticity. Direct access to the river offered trades such as merchants, ship captains, joiners, and sail makers ample […]

Pennsylvania Gazette - 2-11-1784

The Sign of the Mermaid

Michael Schreiber and Amy Grant write about the Sign of the Mermaid, an 18th century tavern located near the New Market.

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Commentary on the Will of Mary Houlton (1730-1811)

Richard Major provides commentary on the will of Mary Houlton (1730-1811), a “maiden” of the City of Philadelphia.

The African American Museum of Philadelphia.  Photo by Jim Murphy.

The African American Museum of Philadelphia

At the African American Museum, you’ll meet a “Who’s Who” of remarkable Americans many of us know little about.

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Hats off to Richard Tittermary, the 1798 Southwark Direct Tax Surveyor of the Revenue, But a Sad Moment for a Missing Antiquity

Richard Major writes about the 1798 occupants and owners of property on Becks Alley, located between Swanson and Front Streets.

This marker is at 312 Walnut Street.

The Acadian Connection

Longfellow’s popular poem Evangeline still has people searching for the tombs of the Acadian heroine and her lost lover Gabriel in Philadelphia – even though they’re fictional characters!

Gloria Dei Church, Photo by Amy Grant

Renewal and Restoration at Old Swedes’ Historic Graveyard

Amy Grant writes about efforts to restore the historic church yard at Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church.

Masonic Temple, Philadelphia

The Magnificent Masonic Temple

Inside are seven spectacular halls representing different cultures and styles – each one more dazzling than the last. The building is an architectural tour de force.

Capt. Gustavus Conyngham.  Painting by V. Zveg.

Captain Gustavus Conyngham, USN, King George III’s Worst Nightmare

This daring Errol-Flynn-type character terrorized English ships, capturing more vessels than Commodore John Barry and Captain John Paul Jones combined.

The Reading Terminal Market attracts six million visitors a year.

Reading Terminal Market

A venerable institution that almost went out of business some 30 to 35 years ago, Reading Terminal Market is still fighting the good fight today.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

According to Jim Murphy, this one-of-a-kind creation should be #1 on every Philadelphian’s bucket list.

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

This historic special-collections library and museum on Washington Square welcomes residents and tourists alike.