Events Mon, 15 Oct 2018 16:59:14 -0400 en <![CDATA[2019 Better Philadelphia Challenge]]> September 28, 2018 October 26, 2018


Register by: September 27, 2018
Competition: September 28 - October 26, 2018
Submit Entry by: October 26, 2018 @ 11:59pm

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The Full Competition Packet (with rules and regulations) will be emailed to all registrants on Friday, September 28, 2018.

Download the 2019 Competition Brief Here

About the Better Philadelphia Challenge
Founded in 2006 in memory of Philadelphia’s iconic 20th century city planner, Ed Bacon [1910-2005], this annual competition challenges university-level students (undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral) from around the world to address real-world urban design issues in Philadelphia that have application not only to our city, but to urban centers around the globe. This challenge is organized by the Ed Bacon Memorial Committee of the Center for Architecture and Design.

The 2019 Challenge | Re-Imagining the Heart of Kensington
The Better Philadelphia Challenge is back! This year we're seeking creative concepts for the Kensington neighborhood in North Philadelphia. How can the design of public space in the neighborhood around McPherson Square, from sidewalks and streets to landscaping and street furniture, help address the effects of the opioid epidemic, make the community safer, and improve quality of life for those in the neighborhood?

We’re specifically looking for design solutions that address the needs of longtime stakeholders in this neighborhood (homeowners and renters, local businesses, schools, libraries, and other community organizations) by helping to build resiliency in the community through stronger connections, social cohesion, and an improved public realm. We don’t expect that design will solve the opioid epidemic - nor do we expect you to become public health experts. We do believe that high quality urban design can help improve on-the-ground conditions for this community, especially when coupled with the public health initiatives and other social services that are already working in the neighborhood.

Need some inspiration? Check out these winning entries from past competitions!

Tue, 24 Jul 2018 18:21:05 -0400
<![CDATA[2018 AIDS Walk Philly]]> October 21, 2018 8:30AM 10:30AM

Produced by AIDS Fund, the Walk will be held on scenic Martin Luther King Drive. The Walk will begin at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art at 8:30 am. Philadelphians can support their neighbors and loved ones by participating in the AIDS Walk, which will bring together 10,000 people to raise public awareness and funds for those living with HIV/AIDS in our community.  Individuals can take action in the fight against AIDS by getting sponsors, making a donation, and joining thousands of others on October 21 for the AIDS Walk. These efforts will support emergency financial assistance to people living with HIV disease in the Greater Philadelphia region, and help to provide education and increased public awareness of HIV/AIDS issues. 

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Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:46:39 -0400
<![CDATA[Mother Bethel AME: A Closed-Stacks Tour]]> October 21, 2018 12:00PM 2:00PM

Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church has a long history of serving the needs of the community, from helping runaway slaves escape the South via the Underground Railroad to advancing the spiritual, social, and civic causes of African Americans and others in Philadelphia and beyond. Founded in 1791 by Richard Allen, one of the most active and influential African-American leaders in the early days of the United States, Mother Bethel has over the years hosted such legendary figures as Frederick Douglass, Lucretia Mott, William Still, and Octavius Catto. The present Romanesque-style building, completed in 1890, is the fourth Mother Bethel structure to stand on the property.

Join us for a rare tour of Mother Bethel’s landmark building, museum, and special collections led by church archivist Margaret Jerrido.

Prior to her work at Mother Bethel, Ms. Jerrido served for seventeen years as Director of Temple University Libraries Urban Archives and contributed to such research guides as Directory of African American collections in Greater Philadelphia and selected suburban areas. Ms. Jerrido is a driving force behind "Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery," an online database of historic “information wanted” advertisements written by freed slaves seeking relatives after the Emancipation Proclamation. These advertisements contain the names of former slaves, owners, plantation locations, and missing relatives—a treasure trove for historians and those researching family histories. Ms. Jerrido’s efforts were recognized this year by the Preservation Alliance with a Preservation Education Award for public advancement of preservation knowledge.

Tour begins at 12:00 PM in Mother Bethel’s Fellowship Hall, located directly behind the lobby of the main entrance on 6th Street. Participants are warmly invited to attend Sunday services, which begin at 9:30 AM.

**Pre-Registration Required for Tour**
$15 Members of the Preservation Alliance and of the African American Museum in Philadelphia 
$20 Non-members

Questions? Please email or call 215-546-1146 ext. 4.

Fri, 28 Sep 2018 15:14:00 -0400
<![CDATA[14th Annual Gravediggers' Ball]]> October 26, 2018 7:00PM October 27, 2018 12:00AM

The Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery eagerly announce the date for their 14th Annual fundraising gala, the Gravediggers’ Ball, as Friday, October 26, 2018 from 7:00pm-12:00am at the Masonic Temple in Center City, Philadelphia.
Tickets to the Gravediggers’ Ball include an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and dinner stations throughout the night; live entertainment; dancing; and complimentary valet parking. The event will also include a raffle, silent auction and the opportunity to explore the incredible architecture of the Masonic Temple and its ornately decorated lodge rooms. Black-tie, masquerade or costume is encouraged, with prizes awarded for best costumes. 
The growth of this charity event in recent years has generated crucial funding that has helped to develop the cemetery from a little-known historic site to a recognized leader in public programming for burial grounds around the world. Over the past decade, the Gravediggers’ Ball has raised more than a million dollars towards the preservation, maintenance, accessibility and educational interpretation of Laurel Hill Cemetery, the first cemetery in the United States to receive the designation of National Historic Landmark. 
General admission tickets are $250/person, with special discounts for groups of ten. Young Friends (ages 21-40) can come enjoy the party for $175/person. A portion of all ticket sales is tax-deductible.
For additional information about attending or supporting the 14th Annual Gravediggers’ Ball, or to view photos from past Balls, visit the event website at, or call 215-228-8200.
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:54:58 -0400
<![CDATA[Mindfulness Walk in Fairmount Park with Susan Barr-Toman]]> October 27, 2018 10:00AM 12:00PM

Join Feet First Philly for a mindfulness walk in East Fairmount Park. Mindfulness brings meditation techniques to our everyday experiences; allowing us to be more fully present in the moment, in touch with our thoughts, emotions, and bodies. 

This walking meditation will be a slower pace than typical hikes as we slow to fully appreciate our surroundings, a beautiful wooded glen. While we all know the health benefits of walking in general, a mindful walk in nature have the added benefits of lowering blood pressure and stress hormones. 

The walk will follow the Boxer’s Trail approximately one mile to the grounds of Mount Pleasant Mansion where there will be a guided meditation session. We will then return to the walk starting point at Randolph Drive & Reservoir Drive for a round trip of nearly 2 miles.

Please wear sturdy footwear, bring water, and a blanket or pillow for sitting. 

About the Walk Leader: Susan Barr-Toman is an author and teacher. This fall, Susan is teaching a Mindful Writing Course through the Penn Program for Mindfulness. You can read her blog Writing Through the Noise at her website

Raindate: Saturday, November 10th at 10 am

Tue, 09 Oct 2018 11:11:19 -0400
<![CDATA[Be Well Read & Well Fed]]> October 27, 2018 2:00PM 4:00PM

Calling All Foodies: Hear the Sweet & Spicy Stories Behind Philadelphia Restaurants. Irene Levy Baker, author of Unique Eats & Eateries of Philadelphia will share the stories behind some of the region’s most fascinating chefs and restaurants, plus she’ll reveal how to get reservations at Philadephia’s trendiest restaurants, where to find the city’s secret speakeasies and most sinful desserts, where to spot celebrities and more. Each participant gets a signed copy of the book, and tastings from five Reading Terminal Market merchants. On Saturday, Oct 27 from 2-4 p.m. at City Kitchen at Reading Terminal Market. Tickets needed. For tickets: For more information about the book and a list of upcoming book talks visit

Fri, 12 Oct 2018 14:27:49 -0400
<![CDATA[Planted Bodies: Science and Marketing in Philadelphia’s Rural Cemeteries]]> November 1, 2018 6:00PM 7:30PM

Join us for a Weeknights at the Wagner lecture by:

Aaron Wunsch, University of Pennsylvania

Rapid changes in pre-Civil War America – industrialization and urbanization – led people to seek refuge for themselves and their loved ones in a host of highly artificial new environments away from city centers. Among the most important was the so-called “rural” cemetery, the contours and highlights of which differed from city to city. Philadelphia, dubbed “the Athens of America” in the early years of the republic, was renowned for furnishing the kinds of scientific knowledge – botanical, anatomical, and geological - on which cemetery founders’ promotional claims rested. This talk by historian Aaron Wunsch will examine the complex mix of rationalism, romanticism, and consumerism that helped launch Laurel Hill, Monument, and Woodlands Cemeteries, the three earliest “rural” cemeteries in Philadelphia.

Museum open until the talk begins at 6 p.m. Registration is free, but donations ($5 suggested) are welcomed at the door!

More information and registration:

About Aaron Wunsch:

Aaron Wunsch is a professor in University of Pennsylvania's historic preservation program. He received his Doctorate in Architectural History from the University of California at Berkeley. His dissertation, "Parceling the Picturesque: Rural Cemeteries and Urban Context in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia," focused on the social and economic forces that shaped Philadelphia’s rural cemeteries. Building on that work, he curated an exhibition on Laurel Hill Cemetery at the Library Company of Philadelphia and has written extensively about its development. He is the author of Palazzos of Power: Central Stations of the Philadelphia Electric Company, 1900-1930 (Princeton Architectural Press, 2016) and the forthcoming book Cemetery City: Death, Commerce, and Reform in the Landscape of Antebellum Philadelphia. He has received several awards for his preservation advocacy work, including the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia’s 2015 Public Service Award for Preservation in the Public Interest.

Main Image: courtesy of the British Library on Flickr Creative Commons.

Fri, 12 Oct 2018 11:02:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Open Archives & Ask the Experts]]> November 3, 2018 11:00AM 4:00PM

**OPEN ARCHIVES 11:00AM - 4:00PM**
The Chestnut Hill Conservancy's archives are free to the public.

Discover details about your home, street or family through architectural drawings, photos, maps, real estate atlases, deeds, and diaries. Archivist Alex Bartlett will guide you through the 20,000+ items to find just what you’re looking for!

Topic: Plumbing & Heating

A free program to the community, Ask the Experts is offered quarterly, and addresses a featured topic by an expert on prevalent issues relating to historic home and landscape care. Ask questions; get solutions!

Visit for more!

Tue, 24 Jul 2018 13:11:19 -0400
<![CDATA[Love Your Park Fall Service Day]]> November 10, 2018

The annual Love Your Park Fall Service Day is on Saturday, November 10th and encourages volunteers to plant trees, collect leaves for compost, and prepare Philly's parks for the winter season. This year's signature site is Cobbs Creek Park, though nearly 100 parks are looking for volunteers to help clean and green their park this year. Visit for a full list of participating parks and to register as a volunteer.

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 16:59:14 -0400
<![CDATA[George Nakashima Woodworker Tour]]> November 10, 2018 10:00AM 12:00PM

The Preservation Alliance and the Nakashima Foundation invite you on an in-depth tour of the Bucks County home and studio of master craftsman George Nakashima.
Woodworker, architect, and furniture maker George Nakashima (1905 – 1990) was an innovator of 20th century furniture design and a leader of the American Craft movement. Combining international styles and modern influences with Japanese craft traditions, Nakashima emphasized the character and beauty of each piece of wood in works of elegant simplicity and functionality.
Trained as an architect, Nakashima turned to furniture making in the early 1940s after watching a Frank Lloyd Wright building under construction. Following World War II (during which Nakashima and his family were interned with other Japanese-Americans in an Idaho camp), he established his home, studio, and workshop outside New Hope in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Nakashima’s daughter, Mira Nakashima, will lead a tour of the 12-acre property. Mira, a student of architecture, worked as her father’s design assistant for 20 years and has been creative director of the Woodworking Studio since 1990. Structures that will be featured on the tour include the Conoid Studio (1959), with its experimental reinforced concrete shell roof; the Reception House (1975 – 1977), which features a sunken Japanese bath; and the “Pole Barn” (1990, 1995), a wood storage facility designed and completed by Nakashima’s daughter and granddaughter Maria.
The tour will begin at 10:00 AM. 
$60 per person
Advance ticket sales only. Meeting point for tour emailed with ticket confirmation.
Questions? Contact
Mon, 15 Oct 2018 15:19:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Calling All Foodies: Hear the Stories Behind Philadelphia Restaurants]]> November 10, 2018 3:00PM 4:30PM

Learn the stories behind some of the region’s most fascinating chefs and restaurants plus how to get reservations at Philadephia’s trendiest restaurants, where to find the city’s secret speakeasies and most sinful desserts, where senior citizens dine with seniors in college, where to taste grilled goat, spot celebrities, sample vegan cuisine and more. 
Irene Levy Baker will share stories from her newly published book, "Unique Eats & Eateries of Philadelphia." She'll satisfy your appetite for a good meal and a great story.
Ticket needed. Ticket includes book talk, signed copy of book, refreshments and coffee/tea. For tickets email: 
Fri, 12 Oct 2018 16:50:58 -0400
<![CDATA[GIS Day at Temple University]]> November 14, 2018 11:00AM 6:00PM

GIS Day at Temple University

We are excited to once again participate in GIS Day, the international celebration of geographic information systems and its wide applications to make a difference in our society. The day will include a hands-on workshop, lightning talks, a careers in GIS panel, a poster session, and a keynote address by Steven Romalewski of CUNY's Digital Mapping Center.

When: Wednesday November 14th, 11 am - 6 pm
Where: 104 Architecture Building, Temple University Main Campus

Full details about the event are available on our GIS Day website. Contact Liz at with any questions.

RSVP to attend!

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 11:27:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Franklin Square Holiday Festival]]> November 15, 2018 4:00PM December 31, 2018 8:00PM

Experience the magic of the holiday and celebrate traditions new and old at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. Dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Light Show presented by PECO, warm up with comfort food, local beers, and hot beverages at Ben’s Sweets & Treats. Celebrate the holiday season with Santa Saturdays, #FranklinSquareFridays, Seasonal Sounds on Sundays, and Lightning Bolt Holiday Express train rides around the Square. The Square is open on Fridays and Saturdays until 9pm.

Wed, 26 Sep 2018 14:55:57 -0400
<![CDATA[An Illustrated History of Fairmount Park]]> November 15, 2018 6:00PM 7:30PM


Lucy Strackhouse of the Fairmount Park Conservancy will present an illustrated history of Fairmount Park, in the former Chestnut Hill home of Fitz and Edie Dixon. Mr. Dixon was Chair of the Fairmount Park Commission from 1983-2002, like his great-grandfather P.A.B. Widener before him. Current and former Fairmount Park Commission leaders will also share some anecdotes about Fitz Dixon Jr. and his relationship with the Park. Lecture to be followed by a wine and cheese reception.

The Discovering Chestnut Hill series gives the Chestnut Hill Conservancy the opportunity to celebrate our community’s special history. This fall, we highlight the Public Spaces, Special Places of Chestnut Hill. We invite you to explore our parks and their histories with us, from the ever-popular Water Tower to the gems hidden in plain sight. 

Tickets: $30 for Conservancy Members, $40 for Non-Members Purchase Tickets 

Visit for more!

Wed, 22 Aug 2018 12:51:28 -0400
<![CDATA[PhilaMRKT]]> November 24, 2018 11:00AM 5:00PM

PhilaMRKT is a one-day pop-up artist market featuring over 30 of the best artists, illustrators, designers, and printmakers in the Philadelphia area.

Fri, 05 Oct 2018 13:57:08 -0400
<![CDATA[Open Archives]]> December 1, 2018 11:00AM 4:00PM

On the first Saturday of the month, The Chestnut Hill Conservancy’s archives are free to the public from 11am to 4pm.

Discover details about your home, street or family through architectural drawings, photos, maps, real estate atlases, deeds, and diaries. Archivist Alex Bartlett will guide you through the 20,000+ items to find just what you’re looking for!

The Chestnut Hill Conservancy maintains a rapidly growing, professionally managed collection of more than 20,000 items documenting the community’s architectural and social history from the 1680s to the present. The collection contains architectural drawings and other records; more than 8,200 photographic images; maps including real estate atlases from the 1870s through the 1930s; prints, drawings, deeds, diaries, genealogical materials, books, taped and transcribed oral histories, and selected objects. The collection is available to the public for research purposes.

Visit for more info!

Tue, 24 Jul 2018 13:13:56 -0400
<![CDATA[APAPASE Events Committee Meeting]]> December 6, 2018 5:45PM 7:00PM

APAPASE Events Committee Meeting
Do you like to organize events like walking tours, happy hours, and educational events related to planning? Then join the APAPASE Events Committee and help us plan fun events! We would love to have volunteers to help with all aspects of the event-planning process, from brainstorming event ideas, coordinating with venues, ordering food/beverages, inviting speakers, advertising/marketing events, working the registration table, speaking at events, and conducting event follow up.
Register at

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 16:35:04 -0500