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History & Archaeology

    • Mixplace Studio students spoke at the historic spot Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the Freedom Now Rally

Trolley tour takes memory lane trip on Lincoln Highway

Philadelphia is home to a lot of the country’s first, but it is not often lauded as home to the first transcontinental highway, which thanks to Lincoln Highway, it is. This…

    • Skyline Sunset

Building Philadelphia lecture series returns March 11- May 20

Ever wished for a comprehensive crash course in Philly’s development and design history? The Center for Architecture’s annual "Building Philadelphia: Architecture, History & Politics" 10-part lecture series, starting Tuesday, has you…

    • 1995 demolition of Burk Brothers complex, photo by Jennifer Baker

From industry to abandonment, artist's mecca to hipster haven, new exhibit tells tale of Northern Liberties

Affordable real estate brought artist Jennifer Baker to Northern Liberties in 1978. “When I moved to this neighborhood, there was a lot of industrial space, and row houses, too, that were…

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ABOUT HISTORY & ARCHAEOLOGY

A city’s history plays a significant role in how we move through it, especially East Coast colonial cities such as Philadelphia.  William Penn and Thomas Holmes’ grid framework for Center City Philadelphia still exists today and is in many ways Philadelphia’s most defining characteristic.  Oftentimes new development projects will unearth pieces of history long forgotten, as was the case with the planned SugarHouse Casino and the Girard Avenue interchange of I-95.  Keeping and commemorating our important historical moments helps inform future development and contributes additional character to a community.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN HISTORY & ARCHAEOLOGY

  • Apr 24, 2014
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  • Apr 29, 2014
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