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Chinatown celebration intended to showcase neighborhood and push back against 76ers arena plans

Chinatown celebration

History

Over a century before the Civil War, this radical Quaker agitated for an end to slavery

Benjamin Lay abolitionist Quaker

History

Why do so many museums have locks of George Washington's hair?

George Washington portrait

Government

William Penn statue will not be removed from Philly's Welcome Park, NPS says

William Penn statue

Government

Mayor Cherelle Parker delivers hopeful message at inauguration, says 'it's on us' to change Philly

Mayor Charelle Parker inauguration

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American Revolution museum to offer winter-themed activities for kids between Christmas and New Year's

American Revolution Winter

History

Recalling the 'Rosa Parks of Girard College' and the vital role she played in desegregating the school

Girard College desegregation

Food & Drink

Automat dining returns to Philly with arrival of Brooklyn Dumpling Shop

Horn & Hardart Automat

Arts & Culture

Winter fashion has changed considerably over the last 200 years – from hand-dyed dresses to cropped car coats

Moore winter fashion exhibit

History

The iron lung seems archaic, but a smaller version — like the one at the Mütter Museum — helped people, even recently

Inside the Archives Mütter Museum

Arts & Culture

350-million-year-old fossil discovered by Drexel researcher on display in new exhibit at Academy of Natural Sciences

academy of natural sciences Tiktaalik roseae fossil

Development

The SS United States, the ocean liner docked in South Philly, may find a new home as a Manhattan hotel

SS United States Hotel

History

Bicentennial Bell, given to U.S. by Queen Elizabeth II, to be permanently displayed in Old City

bicentennial bell garden

History

Bayard Rustin organized the March on Washington. Three months later, the FBI started watching him

Bayard Rustin

Arts & Culture

Design selected for Philly's permanent Harriet Tubman statue

harriet tubman alvin pettit design philadelphia

History

MOVE Bombing commemorated with permanent exhibit at Philadelphia's Municipal Services Building

MOVE exhibit

Music

Original member of pioneering '60s girl group to give final performance at Jerry Blavat tribute

Chantels girl group

History

Who is the Faceless Man that haunts Fort Mifflin?

Fort Mifflin ghost story Howe

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Museum of the American Revolution to recreate British-occupied Philadelphia with costumed soldiers, citizens

Occupied Philadelphia museum event

History

This 5,000-year-old stone tablet at the Penn Museum is among the oldest examples of writing in the world

Penn ancient tablet

Arts & Culture

Inside the Archives spotlights items at Philly museums that you won't typically find on display

Inside the Archives museum series

History

Story of a pioneering queer writer's audacious love life is preserved in the Rosenbach collection

rosenbach Mercedes de Acosta

History

Mr. Potato Head's forgotten friends from the 1960s live in Philly at the Please Touch Museum

Please Touch Museum potato head

Books

Penn professor, the first woman to translate 'The Odyssey' into English, now breathes new life into 'The Iliad'

Iliad translation penn

TV

Rittenhouse Square stabbing docuseries uses Sean Schellenger's death to explore criminal justice in Philly

Sean Schellenger docuseries

Arts & Culture

Science History Institute's new exhibit explores history of textile dyes

Science History Institute Bold Exhibit

History

New book explores folklore from the Delaware Valley's first people

Delaware women

Arts & Culture

Penn Museum to overhaul its Ancient Egyptian and Nubian galleries as part of 5-year renovation project

Penn Museum Renovations

Arts & Culture

Chestnut Hill to illuminate Germantown Avenue and explore its history during Night of Lights exhibition

Night of Lights

Music

History of Philly's Electric Factory to be displayed in upcoming Drexel exhibit

Electric Factory Drexel

Arts & Culture

National Constitution Center's new First Amendment gallery displays letter George Washington wrote to Quakers

First Amendment Constitution Center

History

The first major bank heist in America happened 225 years ago in Philly — and the wrong guy went to prison

Carpenters' Hall bank robbery

TV

New Netflix docuseries explores '70s CIA mission with Chester connection

Hughes Glomar Explorer

Development

PGW to demolish 212-foot tall tank that's visible from I-95

PGW Gasometer Demolition

History

Philly abolitionist's descendants donate 184-year-old Bible to Museum of the American Revolution

Forten Family Bible

History

Steam train built in 1838 to relocate from Franklin Institute to Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

Locomotive Franklin Institute

Books

Questlove writing book about hip-hop history, plans to release it in 2024

Arts & Culture

What should Philly's Harriet Tubman statue look like? Vote for 1 of 5 designs

History

In the '70s, a con man from Ghana swindled Philadelphians out of millions in the 'biggest scam' the city has seen

Anansi's Gold con man

History

Battleship New Jersey to be moved on land for maintenance for first time in 32 years

battleship NJ maintenance

History

West Philly community archaeology project aims to recover forgotten stories of the Black Bottom

Archaeology Project Black Bottom

History

The creation of the atomic bomb hinged on a Philly physicist

Robert Serber

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