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Blog: June 2015

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 03, 2015
The Bourse Building, opened in 1895, was the first Commodities Exchange in the United States. The Bourse Building was the first in the world to simultaneously house a stock exchange, maritime exchange and grain-trading center.   The History In 1890, influential Philadelphian businessman George E. Bartol visited the Bourse of Hamburg, Germany.  The historic German merchant exchange offered a forum... Read More
July 07, 2015
An experience steeped in ideals, drizzled with drollery, and sprinkled with the forgotten flavors of the American past.   The History The Franklin Fountain is an old fashioned ice cream parlor and soda fountain located in the middle of historic Old City Philadelphia.  With its retro style and historic surroundings, visitors to Franklin Fountain can’t be blamed for thinking that the Franklin... Read More
July 01, 2015
America’s birthplace is the best place to spend America’s birthday. The History It was nearly 250 years ago, in the assembly room of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, that 56 men approved The Declaration of Independence, severing their ties with Great Britain and creating the United States of America.  It is that momentous occasion that we celebrate every 4th of July and Philadelphia, the place... Read More
June 29, 2015
Philadelphia’s most popular beer garden is back and better than ever in 2015.   The History In the 1960s Philadelphia was looking to bring residents and tourists to the banks of the Delaware River for fun and recreation.  For the previous three centuries, Philadelphia’s largest river had primarily been a center for shipping and industry but now city planners envisioned a grand park along the... Read More
June 18, 2015
A museum dedicated to Philadelphia’s rich maritime history.   The History Originally founded in 1960 as the Philadelphia Maritime Museum, the Independence Seaport Museum is dedicated to helping visitors understand and experience Philadelphia’s long and important relationship to its waterways.  The museum was founded by J. Welles Henderson, a Philadelphian lawyer with a lifelong fascination with... Read More
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