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Andy Maunder, President and tour guide for Awfully Nice Tours poses next to private tour van. (Credit: Dan Majka)

Hear Philly: An Awfully Nice Way To Experience Philadelphia

Whether it’s a private driving tour, a walking tour or a day on a Segway, Awfully Nice Tours allows you to experience the finest Philadelphia has to offer, from the city’s great history to it’s food and culture.

04/23/2014

(The 20-foot-tall statue of Benjamin Franklin is covered in plastic in preparation for demolition and construction work nearby.  Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Franklin’s Likeness Goes Under Wraps As Franklin Institute Expands

Workers have pulled a huge sheet of plastic over the 20-foot-tall, white marble statue of Ben Franklin, in preparation of removal of a portion of the south wall of the Franklin Institute’s central great hall.

08/20/2013

(The damaged plaster bust of Benjamin Franklin stolen from a Main Line home in August 2012.  Photo provided by US attorney's office)

Main Line House Cleaner Sentenced In Theft of Historic Franklin Bust

The 224-year-old plaster bust of Benjamin Franklin was broken in half as Lawton traveled by bus with the object in a suitcase.

05/20/2013

(A shoe containing electronics.  Photo provided by Franklin Institute)

New Franklin Institute Exhibit Peeks At Secret World of Spying

“Spy: The Exhibit, The Secret World of Espionage” opens Saturday.

05/01/2013

(Credit: www.historicphiladelphia.org)

Free Carousel Rides, Cake Shake Samplings At Franklin Square

Franklin Square will kick off it’s seventh season starting at noon on Wednesday.

03/20/2013

(One of the few things the real Ben Franklin never did: visit the KYW Newsradio studios for an interview!  That's Robert DeVitis, who portrays the Founding Father.  Photo by Ed Fischer)

Positively Philadelphia: Ben Franklin, Full of Surprises!

“Probably his most famous saying is, ‘A penny saved is a penny earned,’ but he really did not say that,” notes a local man who portrays the Founding Father.

01/27/2013

(Ben Franklin's beer tankard, right, sits alongside a broken remnant of a commoner's clay beer mug at the Philadelphia History Museum.  Credit: Paul Kurtz)

Beer-Tasting Event Caps Philadelphia History Museum’s Brewing Exhibition

As part of its ongoing exhibition of craft brewing in Philadelphia, a center city museum on Thursday night is hosting a beer tasting event with three local experts who will talk about the city’s centuries-long love affair with beer.

01/24/2013

("Ben Franklin," played by Bill Robling, looks over a birthday cake in his honor.  Credit: Mark Abrams)

Philadelphia Marks 307th Anniversary of Ben Franklin’s Birth

Franklin, played by actor Bill Robling, was in good spirits for the celebration at the Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th and Chestnut Streets.

01/17/2013

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Federal Charges Added for Philadelphia Woman Accused of Stealing Rare Statue

A federal indictment charges 46-year-old Andrea Lawton with one count of transporting stolen property over state lines and one count of concealing stolen property.

10/19/2012

(Credit: Lower Merion Township Police)

Woman Accused Of Stealing A Bust Of Benjamin Franklin Will Stand Trial In Mont. Co.

A former cleaning woman from Philadelphia has been ordered held for trial in Montgomery County for allegedly stealing a bust of Benjamin Franklin.

10/11/2012

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Police Say Cleaner Made Off With Rare $3M Bust From Bryn Mawr Home

Police are trying to track down Andrea Lawton, whom they say worked at a home in the 600 block of Black Rock Road in Lower Merion Township.

08/27/2012

(Credit: Lower Merion Township Police)

Porcelain Benjamin Franklin Bust Worth Millions Stolen From Lower Merion Home

Authorities in Montgomery County are seeking the public’s help in locating a porcelain bust of Benjamin Franklin that was stolen from a home Friday afternoon

08/24/2012

A statue of George Washington looks over a group of demonstrators on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on July 30, 2000, in Philadelphia. An unidentified National Park Law Enforcement Ranger stands guard at Independence Hall. (Photo credit: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

Important Places To The People Who Built Philadelphia

Philadelphia is so renowned for hosting historical sites that are integral to the founding of this great nation that it’s easy to overlook the men and women who made them important. Find out who made this city what it is today.

08/13/2012

(Photo Credit: Arthur Sasse/AFP/Getty Images)

Notable And Quotable – History’s Most Quoted Sound Off On Taxes

“The only two certainties in life are death and taxes.” What else have history’s most-quoted people had to say about taxes?

03/31/2012

(credit:  Phran Novelli)

Founding Fathers Were Founding Gardeners

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and John Adams weren’t just Presidents, they were also great gardeners.

02/20/2012

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