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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

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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

(Detail of a lithographic version of the Emancipation Proclamation by Charles Shober of Chicago.)

On 150th Anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation, Reflections on Its Philadelphia Impact

January 1st, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the first document that put the US government in official opposition to slavery.

01/01/2013

(Bobby Livingston of RR Auctions, wearing document-handling gloves, shows a group of visiting students some of the signatures being displayed prior to their auction.  Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Our Country’s Founding Fathers Come Together Again, Briefly, in Philadelphia

This collection of signatures of all 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence heads to auction on December 15th.

11/13/2012

(Students at Friends Academy of Westampton pose by the tepees that are part of their Lewis & Clark program.  Photo provided)

South Jersey Students Bring Lewis & Clark Studies To Life With Cookout, Campout

Students at Friends Academy in Westampton, NJ spent the summer reading up on the early 19th-century exploration of the American West. History teachers have centered on the project.

09/28/2012

(Some of the human remains found at Duffy's Cut.  File photo)

Penn Anthropologist Thinks Cholera Fear Led To Main Line Murders 180 Years Ago

The remains of five Irish immigrants unearthed a decade ago near Paoli, Pa. were today transported to a cemetery for burial this coming Friday.

03/06/2012

(The York River, near the spot where the "Monitor" and the "Merrimack" clashed.  Credit: Jay Lloyd)

Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: 150th Anniversary of Iconic Civil War Naval Battle

This week, Civil War buffs will be observing a reënactment of the most significant naval battle in US waters -– the clash between the “Monitor” and the “Merrimack,” on the Chesapeake Bay.

03/01/2012

(The working fishing boat "Waterdog," momentarily at rest in Rock Hall, Md.  Credit: Jay Lloyd)

Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: Become a Chesapeake ‘Waterman,’ If Only For A Day

A getaway to the nearby Chesapeake Bay this summer could put visitors on a working crab boat, on the trail of Captain John Smith.

02/23/2012

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Plan For Revolutionary War Museum in Old City Moves Ahead in City Council

Council’s Rules Committee gave an initial okay to a zoning change for the southwest corner of Third and Chestnut Streets.

02/22/2012

(Valley Forge National Historical Park.  File photo by John Ostapkovich)

4,000 Boy Scouts Expected This Weekend at Valley Forge Encampment

The “Washington’s Birthday Encampment and Pilgrimage” is the oldest continuous scouting event in the world.

02/17/2012

(Scaffolding covered the Independence Hall tower for more than a year during restoration.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Saturday Afternoon Ceremony Slated For Restart of Independence Hall Clock Chimes

By Tim Jimenez PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — After an 18-month wait, a historic bell will toll tomorrow on Independence Mall in  Philadelphia. No, not that bell.  This one is called the Centennial Bell, and it hangs […]

02/17/2012

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