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(portrait of Anna Jarvis)

Philadelphia Plays Unlikely Role In Creation Of Mother’s Day

Anna Jarivis, the Philadelphia woman who started Mother’s Day, spent her later years trying to do away with the holiday, including turning on her earliest supporter, John Wanamaker.



Wanamaker Building Marks 100 Years

It was 100 years ago today, when President William Howard Taft officially dedicated the Wannamaker Building, in a speech over the now-famous eagle statue in the center city landmark.


(Photos by Steve Tawa)

The Wanamaker Organ, A Philadelphia Icon, Marks 100 Swell Years

The Wanamaker pipe organ, nestled in the Grand Court of what is now Macy’s center city Philadelphia department store, is celebrating 100 years of high notes.


(David Bardeen, Shawn Fagan, Catharine K. Slusar, and Geneviève Perrier in Arden Theatre Company’s production of "Wanamaker’s Pursuit."  Photo provided)

Theatre Review: ‘Wanamaker’s Pursuit,’ At The Arden

The Arden Theatre is wrapping up its mainstage season with a new work set in the early years of the John Wanamaker department store.


(File photo)

Alaskan Clan Says It Will Sue To Recover U. of P. Artifacts

The University of Pennsylvania is in a tug-of-war with a group of native Alaskans over some tribal artifacts. A village clan wants them back, and final possession of the objects could be decided in court.