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How Philadelphians Handled Heatwaves In 1776

If you think it’s hot today, just imagine what it was like in 1776 with no air conditioning. “You didn’t go out in the noon sun unless you were are farmer or something like that.”

06/20/2012

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Storytelling Benches In Historic Philadelphia Add Some Forgotten Facts

Once Upon a Nation in Philadelphia is offering people the chance to learn “little known pieces of history” as part of a special program that runs through the end of July.

06/16/2012

(The carousel in Franklin Square, near 7th and Vine Streets in center city Philadelphia.  Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

Franklin Square Attractions Open For 6th Season Since Park’s Makeover

“The carousel is running, there’s miniature golf to play, and of course Squareburger to eat,” says Amy Needle, president and CEO of Historic Philadelphia, the agency that runs the tourist venue.

03/29/2012

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Top Libraries In Philadelphia

It should come as no surprise that almost all the libraries of Philadelphia have stories that are as historically rich as the materials within the buildings.

03/19/2012

Top 5 Things To Do On A Snow Day In Philadelphia

Trying to figure out a way to spend a snow day that doesn’t include a couch and TV? Then look no further than this list of fun and exciting activities great for the whole family.

01/27/2012

Independence Hall File Photo (Credit: John McDevitt)

Independence Hall Bell Chimes Once Again

If you were near Independence Mall on Friday afternoon, you would have heard the bell of the clock tower ringing for the first time in 18 months.

01/13/2012

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Historic Philadelphia Offers Low-Cost Activities To Bridge Gap Between Camp And School

With a lot of summer camps wrapping up and a good couple of weeks to go before Labor Day, what do you do with the kids for the rest of the summer? One organization suggests you go historic.

08/19/2011

(City Tavern, 138 South Second Street, at the corner of Walnut.  File photo)

Bidding Opened For New (Or Returning) Operator Of Old City’s City Tavern

The National Park Service is opening the bidding process for a new 10-year lease on the landmark property at 2nd and Walnut Streets.

07/11/2011

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The 4th Of July In Historic Philadelphia

Historic Philadelphia is the place to be this weekend, where you can visit the traveling “Civil War Road Show.” Amy Needle, the CEO of Historic Philadelphia, stopped by Talk Philly to talk about the events […]

07/01/2011

(As "Benjamin Franklin" watches, Independence National Historic Park superintendent Cynthia MacLeod addresses the graduating class of Historic Philadelphia's "Benstitute."  Photos by Karin Phillips)

Graduation Day For Philadelphia’s Historic Reënactors

The newest crop of Philadelphia historymakers and storytellers begin their work this Memorial Day weekend after graduating at a ceremony at the Betsy Ross House.

05/26/2011

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Robert Branch Portrays Octavius Catto For Historic Philadelphia Event

Historic Philadelphia has a new history maker on its books, thanks, in large part, to the zeal of the actor for the part.

02/27/2011

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“George Washington” Gets A Birthday Party In Old City Philadelphia

“This is absolutely delicious,” said a George Washington reënactor after plowing into a honkin’ piece of chocolate mousse birthday cake served up by Martha.

02/17/2011

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