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Blog: 2015

February 21, 2018
Every child’s favorite place to learn about science.   The History Despite only attending school for two years and never receiving a college education, Benjamin Franklin became one of the most respected scientific minds of his generation and won praise and acclaim across the world.  Franklin was a prolific inventor throughout his lifetime and found success in designs for Bifocals and a new more... Read More
December 16, 2015
America’s Oldest University   The History The history of the University of Pennsylvania dates back to 1740.  In that year, a charity school was founded in Philadelphia and work began on the construction of a schoolhouse on 4th and Arch Streets in Philadelphia.  The school however ran out of funding and sat unfinished until it was purchased by a new charity school named The Academy of Philadelphia... Read More
December 07, 2015
See Philadelphia from an entirely new perspective.   The History For nearly a century, Philadelphia’s City Hall reigned over Philadelphia as the tallest building in town. That distinction came to an end in 1987 and since then, nearly a dozen buildings have been constructed that have surpassed the height of Philadelphia’s City Hall.  Despite this, for many years, Philadelphia’s City Hall remained... Read More
December 02, 2015
Eat a meal prepared by a culinary star   The History Philadelphia has always been well known for its great food, but with the advent of reality television, many people are starting to get to know some of the talented chefs that make Philadelphia’s great food.  Many of Philadelphia’s best restaurants are run by chefs who you may recognize from Bravo’s Top Chef, the Iron Chef, and a number of other... Read More
November 23, 2015
Videographer Cory J Popp uniquely captures Philadelphia in his video series “Uncover Philly”   The History Capturing Philadelphia on film dates all the way back to advent of photography itself.  An 1839 daguerreotype photo of Philadelphia’s storied Central High School by Joseph Saxton is thought to be the "oldest extant daguerreotype" photo in the United States. Saxton took his photograph using a... Read More
November 03, 2015
One of Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhoods   The History Northern Liberties is as old as Philadelphia itself, founded by Philadelphia’s founder, William Penn in 1682.  Northern Liberties was the land located north of the original 1682 boundary of Philadelphia and early purchasers of land in Philadelphia would also be granted a lot in Northern Liberties.  In the 17th and 18th centuries many... Read More
October 13, 2015
Related Post: Buy Tickets for The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia ­- See 20+ Sites on a Primary Overview of Independence Park, including the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall One of the finest urban public spaces in the United States   The History When William Penn founded Philadelphia in 1682, he designed the first planed city in America. Coming from the crowded and disease ridden... Read More
September 24, 2015
One of Philadelphia’s oldest neighborhoods is filled with youthful energy   The History Fishtown’s history is a bit fuzzy in its origin and is tied very strongly to the history of another nearby historic Philadelphian neighborhood, Kensington.  In 1704 a merchant of English descent from Barbados named Anthony Palmer arrived in the then barely 20 year old city of Philadelphia.  A successful... Read More
September 01, 2015
Transforming the understanding of the human experience.   The History In 1887 the University of Pennsylvania was preparing for an archeological expedition to the site of Nippur, an ancient Sumerian city in present day Iraq.  The expedition would be the first American expedition to ancient Babylonia to excavate the site of Nippur in what was then the Ottoman Empire.  University Provost William... Read More
August 28, 2015
One of Philadelphia’s most iconic sights   The History Boathouse Row’s history can be traced back to the creation of the Fairmount Water Works in 1812.  After being devastated by the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793, (learn more on our special Yellow Fever Tour!) Philadelphia sought to improve the cleanliness and quality of its water supply.  The result was the creation of Fairmount Water Works, a... Read More

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