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(Strawberry Mansion, in Fairmount Park.  Photo by Lauren Lipton)

Positively Philadelphia: The Strawberry Mansion, Beautifully Restored

Strawberry Mansion, the largest of the seven historic Fairmount Park houses, recently underwent a restoration, and you’re invited to visit.

05/18/2014

(Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

Sidewalk Celebration Heralds Revolutionary War Museum Progress

There were fireworks, cannon volleys, and a full-dress parade outside a National Park Service building that is slated for demolition to make way for the new museum.

03/05/2014

(Young descendents of signers of the Declaration of Independence, accompanied by Mayor Nutter, rear left, and other officials, wear white cotton gloves to protect the Liberty Bell from their ceremonial finger-taps.  Credit: Daniel Reinherz)

Liberty Bell Gets Its Annual Ceremonial July 4th ‘Ringing’ By Young VIPs

Descendants of signers of the Declaration of Independence participated in the annual ceremonial Independence Day bell tapping ceremony at the Liberty Bell on Thursday.

07/05/2013

(Mayor Michael Nutter, at lectern and on big screen, addresses crowd gathered for Independence Day ceremonies in front of Independence Hall.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Philadelphia Pulls All The Stops For July 4th Daytime Festivities

Security was tight but the mood was light in the place where our nation was born 237 years ago.

07/04/2013

(Chris, no last name given, wears Colonial garb as he describes early electricity experiments to two young Constitution Center visitors.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Thousands Visit as National Constitution Center Marks 10th Anniversary

The National Constitution Center celebrated its tenth anniversary with free admissions and dozens of special exhibits about Colonial America.

07/02/2013

(Belmont Mansion.  File photo)

Historic Belmont Mansion In Financial Danger As Construction Project Falters

The iconic estate has a history going back to the Revolutionary War, and was a stop on the Underground Railroad. The group that runs the site is suing a contractor over a partially completed addition.

06/20/2013

(The Cabinetmaker's Apprentices entertain visitors near the ticket counter of Historic Philadelphia.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Summer Activities Offered For Schoolkids Throughout Philadelphia’s Historic District

As summer gets underway for the region’s schoolchildren, the tourism agency Historic Philadelphia wants to help parents fill the time off.

06/18/2013

(A member of a precision skydiving team makes a pinpoint landing on Independence Mall.  Photo from National Park Service)

Philadelphia, Home of the American Flag, Pulls Out All Stops For Flag Day Celebrations

On Independence Mall, bystanders got a Flag Day surprise when members of the Fastrax Skydiving Team made a grand entrance from above, carrying gigantic American flags.

06/14/2013

National Constitution Center

Constitution Center Deal Will Bring an Original ‘Bill of Rights’ to Philadelphia

The New York Public Library acquired what is believed to be Pennsylvania’s copy in 1896.

05/22/2013

(A shoe containing electronics.  Photo provided by Franklin Institute)

New Franklin Institute Exhibit Peeks At Secret World of Spying

“Spy: The Exhibit, The Secret World of Espionage” opens Saturday.

05/01/2013

(Ellen Greenlee, right, listens as Mayor Nutter reads a proclamation honoring the Philadelphia Defenders Association.   Credit: Cherri Gregg)

City of Philadelphia Marks Landmark Case Giving Poor The Right To An Attorney

The mayor read a proclamation congratulating the Philadelphia Defender Association, which has been providing free representation to Philadelphians for 80 years.

03/15/2013

Photo Credit: Thinkstock

Top Ways To Learn About Presidential And American History In Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a historic city that offers numerous places to immerse yourself in history, from where the Declaration of Independence was signed to the Liberty Bell and the National Constitution Center. Here are some of the best places to learn in Philadelphia.

02/15/2013

(The Bicentennial Bell is lowered by crane to a truck bed for relocation.  Credit: John McDevitt)

Bicentennial Bell, Britain’s Gift to US, Goes Into Storage

The nearly 13,000-pound bell was removed from its tower at 3rd and Chestnut Streets today to make way for a new Revolutionary War museum.

01/31/2013

(One of the few things the real Ben Franklin never did: visit the KYW Newsradio studios for an interview!  That's Robert DeVitis, who portrays the Founding Father.  Photo by Ed Fischer)

Positively Philadelphia: Ben Franklin, Full of Surprises!

“Probably his most famous saying is, ‘A penny saved is a penny earned,’ but he really did not say that,” notes a local man who portrays the Founding Father.

01/27/2013

(Ben Franklin's beer tankard, right, sits alongside a broken remnant of a commoner's clay beer mug at the Philadelphia History Museum.  Credit: Paul Kurtz)

Beer-Tasting Event Caps Philadelphia History Museum’s Brewing Exhibition

As part of its ongoing exhibition of craft brewing in Philadelphia, a center city museum on Thursday night is hosting a beer tasting event with three local experts who will talk about the city’s centuries-long love affair with beer.

01/24/2013

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