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(Historic reënactors fire a volley during ceremonies at Christ Church Burial Ground, at 5th and Arch Streets, in Old City Philadelphia.  Photo by Molly Daly)

Old City Ceremony Honors Long-Forgotten Civil War Hero

Christ 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.

13 hours ago

(Mayor Nutter, third from right, joins in a ribbon-cutting to officially reopen the city's Vietnam War memorial after a seven-year makeover.  Photo by Marcy Norton)

Philadelphia’s Vietnam Memorial Rededicated After Seven-Year Makeover

A ribbon-cutting on Memorial Day marked the official reopening of the Philadelphia memorial, which had fallen into disrepair after suffering years of vandalism.

13 hours ago

(Photo by Marcy Norton)

At Korean Memorial, Remembering the ‘Forgotten’ War and One Long-Missing Soldier

US Army corporal Robert Higgins went missing in action in February 1951. His remains were identified more than six decades later, thanks to DNA techniques.

15 hours ago

(Cemetery Ridge, at Gettysburg.  Photo by Jay Lloyd)

Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: Gettysburg, 150 Years After Lincoln Assassination

As we mark 150 years since the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, we note that a getaway to nearby Gettysburg is a rewarding way to reflect on both the man and his turbulent times.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/16/2015

(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

(Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Philadelphia’s Jewish History Museum Spotlights George Washington’s Efforts For Religious Freedom

A spokeswoman says Washington’s letter restating his now-famous famous words, “to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance,” underscored his committment to freedom.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/16/2015

(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

(credit: National Constitution Center)

2015 Presidents Day Events Guide

What better place to celebrate Presidents’ Day than in Philadelphia, the birthplace of the nation?

02/11/2015

(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

SchoolBus

Teachers Applaud New Outline For AP History

The outline for AP high school history has been rewritten, a change being widely applauded by teachers and college professors.

10/21/2014

(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

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