Benjamin Franklin

(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.


(Park ranger Tom Degnan plays a glass armonica on Ben Franklin's 306th birthday.  Credit: John McDevitt)

For Ben Franklin’s 306th Birthday, Music From One Of His Inventions

In honor of the 306th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s birth, park rangers from Independence National Historical Park were demonstrating a musical instrument invented by Dr. Franklin.


(Among those taking part in today's groundbreaking were Suzanne Biemiller of Mayor Nutter's staff, second from left; Cynthia MacLeod, superintendent of Independence National Historic Park, center; and Donald Kimelman, managing director of Philadelphia programs at the Pew Charitable Trust, far right.  Credit: Michelle Durham)

Ground Broken For New Benj. Franklin Museum In Old City Philadelphia

When completed, the new Benjamin Franklin Museum will be underground — below the area known as “Franklin Court,” just off Fourth and Market Streets.


Mall Parade (Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Huge Turnout For 4th Of July Parade On The Mall

Patriotism echoed off Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Pavilion, as thousands witnessed a program begun with a Buddhist invocation and ended with Mayor Nutter’s call for an American Education Revolution.


("Betsy Ross" joins the Phillie Phanatic at the Independence Visitor Center on Friday.  Photos by Hadas Kuznits)

Ninth ‘Phillie Phanatic’ Book For Children Unveiled At Independence Mall

The Phanatic arrived today at the Independence Visitor Center wearing colonial-style clothing, to unveil the new book, “Phillie Phanatic’s Philadelphia Story.”


(Frame from a Cheltenham Township Fire Department video to recruit new volunteers.)

Cheltenham Township Goes Online To Recruit Volunteer Firefighters

With a $5,000 federal emergency management grant they got to attract recruits, Cheltenham Township made and posted a series of short videos showing the joys and camaraderie of volunteer firefighting.


(The gravestone of Daniel Harrison in the Christ Church Burial Ground, 5th and Arch Streets, in Old City Philadelphia.  Photos by John McDevitt)

Historic Philadelphia Graveyard A Magnet For Genealogy Researchers

Many working on their family trees are traveling to a church burial ground in the oldest part of Philadelphia as part of their research.


(Despite the rain showers, visitors appeared to have a good time today at today's celebration for the remade, child-friendly Franklin Square, at 6th and Race Streets in Philadelphia.  Photo by Karin Phillips)

Franklin Square Celebrates 5th Anniversary Of Its Revival

With a big “huzzah,” rides on the famous carousel, and presents for other five-year-olds, Franklin Square on Friday celebrated its fifth anniversary since a multimillion-dollar makeover.


(credit: Tiffany Yoon, Courtesy Of The Rock School)

School Kids Get A Holiday Treat From The Rock School Of Dance

A special kind of Nutcracker created just for kids is being performed this weekend by the Rock School of Dance Education of the Pennsylvania Ballet.


Debut of 3-D Film Postponed

by KYW’s Lynne Adkins Liberty 360, a 3-dimensional film featuring Ben Franklin on a 360-degree panoramica screen was to begin during the city’s big July 4th weekend, but Amy Needle, president and CEO of Historic […]