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Learning for the
Late in the 19th century and early in the 20th,
child labor reformers were busy trying to devise a plan for keeping
the nations children out of the factories and in the schools for
as long as possible. However, the things they were doing to extend
the amount of time a child spent in the school system failed to
keep all children in school. They wondered why, until the idea was
presented that perhaps the children continually left school early
because they did not understand the value an education in traditional
academic disciplines (writing, math, or foreign language, for example)
would have in their everyday lives after they graduated...... read
Philly Works: Streets as Barometers of Urban Life
October 6, 2006 - September, 2007
How Philly Works: Streets as Barometers of Urban Life includes
paintings, photographs, prints, objects and documents, using William
Penn’s vision for Philadelphia to explore street activity
over 300 years. Drawn almost exclusively from the City Records Department,
individual City Departments and the Atwater Kent Museum, the exhibition
showcases the recent program of the Records Department to make its
holdings available on the Internet. The exhibition features the
Philadelphia City Charter, drafted by Penn in 1701, the wampum belt
believed to have been given to Penn by the Lenape tribe, a waywiser
from 1750 used to measure consistent city blocks, historic regulatory
measures from the Department of Licenses and Inspections, and police
paraphernalia from the late 1800s. How Philly Works will
be on exhibition until September, 2007.
Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia is at 15 South 7th Street, one
block west of Independence Hall, between Market and Chestnut Street.
It is open for general admission Wednesday-Sunday from 1-5 p.m.
School and group tours are scheduled everyday from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00
p.m. Admission is: adults, $5; seniors and children 13-17, $3; members
and children 12 and under, free. The Museum Store is open Monday
and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday through Sunday
from 1-5 p.m.
For program information call 215.685.4830 or visit www.philadelphiahistory.org.