Philadelphia History

(The assassination of President  Abraham Lincoln by actor John Wilkes Booth, at Ford's Theatre, in Washington DC, on April 14, 1865.  Lincoln died the next morning.  Image from Hulton Archive/ Getty Images)

Lincoln Assassination 150th Anniversary, Part 3: John Wilkes Booth’s Philadelphia Brother

Today is the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death, at the hands of John Wilkes Booth, who had a Philadelphia connection.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/15/2015

(Judges speak with contestants at the National History Day event at the National Constitution Center.  Photo by John McDevitt)

Philadelphia Schoolkids Share Their Knowledge at National History Day Event

Hundreds of children were showing their smarts and their creativity at a history competition being held, today and tomorrow, at the National Constitution Center.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/18/2015

(Backers of an official Veterans' Day parade for Philadelphia announce their plans in the City Council caucus room of City Hall.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

A Long Oversight Corrected: Philadelphia To Get An Official Veterans’ Day Parade

Noted Philadelphia philanthropist Gerry Lenfest, who once served on US Navy destroyers in the Korean War, says it’s almost hard to believe, in this city of firsts, that we don’t have an official Veterans’ Day parade.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/18/2015

(The Union League's commemorative parade moves down Chestnut Street, near Juniper.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

Philadelphia’s Union League Commemorates Lincoln’s Birthday, 206 Years On

Despite the frigid weather conditions, about 75 people, led by Union cavalry reënactors, marched from Broad Street to Independence Hall.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/12/2015

(FDR accepts the Democratic nomination for president at Franklin Field, in West Philadelphia, in 1936.  Photo from FDR Library)

Philadelphia Will Extend Its Long History of Hosting Political Conventions

The Democratic convention has been held here twice previously, and the Republican convention six times.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/12/2015

The Schuylkill River and the Philadelphia skyline. (Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Philadelphia Will Host 2016 Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Committee has chosen Philadelphia as the city to host its presidential nominating convention, to be held the week of July 25th, 2016.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/12/2015

(Colin Dunlap and his sister, Tess, share birthday cupcakes with "Betsy Ross" at her home in Old City.  Photo by John McDevitt)

Birthday Party in Old City Fêtes America’s Premier Flagmaker

Betsy Ross would have been 263 years old on New Year’s Day.

12/31/2014

(Larry Robin, longtime owner of now-closed Robin's Bookstore, holds a flyer promoting some of the Underground Railroad events of the Moonstone Arts Center.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Ongoing Series Highlights Local History of Underground Railroad

The Moonstone Arts Center is hosting a festival of events that tells the rich history of the Underground Railroad in Philadelphia.

10/13/2014

(Michael Quinn, president of the future Museum of the American Revolution, gestures toward a "liberty tree" dedicated to philanthropist Gerry Lenfest, standing at left.  Photo by John McDevitt)

Tree at Future American Revolution Museum Dedicated to Visionary Founder

The tree was dedicated to the founding father of the museum, philanthropist Gerry Lenfest (at left in photo).

10/09/2014

(A flyer from Laurel Hill Cemetery advertising the "Hotties" tour features a photograph of Robert Cornelius, credited with taking the first "selfie."  Image provided)

Historic Laurel Hill Cemetery Inaugurates Its ‘Hotties’ Tour

“We have a list of what we would consider the most handsome men in Laurel Hill,” notes Alexis Jeffcoat, a guide at the Fairmount Park cemetery.

08/21/2014

("For Sale" signs dot the way along Elfreth’s Alley.  Photo by Michelle Durham)

Houses Going Up For Sale Along Nation’s Oldest Residential Street

Owners are not permitted to change the exterior in any way but can remodel inside to their hearts content.

07/11/2014

(An actor protraying Continental Army colonel John Nixon reads the Declaration of Independence to a crowd gathered outside Independence Hall.  Photo by Rachael Grossman)

At Independence Hall, Echoes of a Public Proclamation 238 Years Ago

A reënactor portraying Col. John Nixon read the words of the Declaration of Independence to hundreds assembled in Independence Park, behind Independence Hall.

07/08/2014

(A stereopticon image of the Statue of Liberty's hand and torch on display at the Philadelphia Centennial, in 1876.  Image provided by Library of Congress)

New Book Recalls Philadelphia’s Role in Bringing Statue of Liberty to U.S.

Author Elizabeth Mitchell says the iconic statue’s hand and torch made a trip to Philadelphia in 1876 to help raise fund for the project’s completion.

07/05/2014

(Thomas Jefferson reënactor Steve Edenbo chats with visitors at the National Constitution Center, on Independence Mall.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Controversy Erupts Over Punctuation in Declaration of Independence

In the midst of celebrations in Philadelphia, we caught up with “Thomas Jefferson” (Steve Edenbo, in full character) at the National Constitution Center.

07/04/2014

(Philadelphia civil rights luminaries meet with Mayor Nutter in front of a new exhibit at Philadelphia International Airport.  Photo by Pat Loeb)

New Airport Exhibit Honors Philadelphia Civil Rights Leaders Past and Present

Philadelphia marked the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by unveiling a new exhibit today at Philadelphia International Airport.

07/02/2014

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