Philadelphia History

Phila. Historical Commission Gives Historic Designation To Vacant Fishtown Church BuildingSt. Laurentius Church, which was slated to be demolished, has won a reprieve from the city's Historical Commission by receiving a historical designation.
Annual Reading of Declaration of Independence Draws Hundreds in Old CityIt was on this date, 239 years ago, that residents of the colonies heard the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, bringing the high-stakes rebellion into the spotlight.
City and Church Leaders Note Significance of Pope's Independence Hall StopWith Independence Hall as a backdrop, the pontiff is expected to reach out to the anticipated 30,000-50,000 spectators to talk about immigration issues.
Developer Agrees To Reconsider Plans For Big Building in Historic Old City LocationPlans for the apartment building on the 200 block of Arch Street were due to be voted on by the architectural committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission.
Comcast Founder Ralph Roberts Dead At 95Ralph Roberts, a businessman with a gentle demeanor who built Comcast from a small cable TV system in Mississippi into one of the nation's largest entertainment companies, has died. He was 95.
Positively Philadelphia: Another Summer of Concerts in a Fairmount Park Mansion This might be one of the loveliest things to do on a Sunday night in Philadelphia in summer.
Historic Polish Catholic Church in Fishtown Gets Slightly Closer To Protected StatusThe Committee on Historic Designation of the Philadelphia Historical Commission has voted to recommend to the full commission that St. Laurentius be designated a historic place.
Positively Philadelphia: Celebrating Lafayette's Arrival in Colonial AmericaWalter Staib, chef-owner of the City Tavern in Society Hill, has been named culinary ambassador for the replica tall ship of the Marquis de Lafayette, which will be arriving in Philadelphia later this month.
Old City Ceremony Honors Long-Forgotten Civil War HeroChrist Church Burial Ground placed a plaque honoring Maj. Charles Izard McEuen, a founding member of the Union League who was later killed in battle just days before the Civil War ended.
At Girard College, Marking 50 Years Since Beginning of the End of Segregation There Some of the original Freedom Fighters whose protest led to the desegregation of Girard College in the 1960s were back outside the school this morning, celebrating 50 years since their historic demonstration.
Lincoln Assassination 150th Anniversary, Part 3: John Wilkes Booth's Philadelphia BrotherToday is the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's death, at the hands of John Wilkes Booth, who had a Philadelphia connection.
Philadelphia Schoolkids Share Their Knowledge at National History Day EventHundreds of children were showing their smarts and their creativity at a history competition being held, today and tomorrow, at the National Constitution Center.
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