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PhillyHistory Wins Two Amazing
and the City of Philadelphia's Department
of Records deserve a standing ovation and a pat on the back.
In the past several months, the website has received two prestigious awards:
one from Philadelphia
Magazine's "Best of Philly" and one from The
Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA).
The 2007 "Best of Philly" award, announced
in the August edition of Philadelphia
Magazine, recognized PhillyHistory.org as the "Best Local
Website" (pg. 145). The article stated, "History buff or not,
traveling back in time is pretty darn cool. Consider PhillyHistory.org
your very own flux-capacitor-fueled DeLorean."
URISA recognized PhillyHistory.org as an 'Exemplary System in Government' and gave the website a "Distinguished System" award. All this tech-speak to say, URISA applauds The Philadelphia Department of Records' efforts to make valuable government information available to the public.
PhillyHistory's fan base continues to grow
and we thank you all for your continued support of the site! Keep visiting
the site and spread the word about Philadelphia's now famous 'time travel
PhillyHistory has launched a mobile version of the website and is now accessible from most cell phones, handheld computers and other mobile devices.
You're waiting for the bus and it's
late but you've finished the last chapter of your book and your iPod battery
just died... no need to panic! Pick up your cell phone, log on to
http://mobile.phillyhistory.org, type the address where you are and
start the greatest trip in time you've ever taken.
"Philadelphia Stories" Exhibit A Huge Success - Purchase the framed photos from the exhibit!
The City of Philadelphia Department of Records, The Art Institute
of Philadelphia, and Avencia (the company that built the software that
operates PhillyHistory.org) partnered to organize an exhibit
of more than 80 photos from PhillyHistory. "Philadelphia
Stories: The Building of a Great American City" ran at the Art
Institute from Aug. 3 - Aug 31. From images of trade, commerce, education,
municipal services, arts and entertainment to photos of men and women
actually building the city, the exhibit reflected the vitality, vibrancy
and development of Philadelphia over the past 150 years. Images dating
from the late 1800s, some never before seen by the public, were on display.
Local press and TV covered the event heavily:
"It works the magic of all historical photographs: transporting familiar present to an unfamiliar past." -- Philadelphia Inquirer
If you have not been able to attend the exhibit, don't despair! We
have created a special page on PhillyHistory.org
where you can see a mockup of the exhibit .... and what's more, we
have partnered with CritesPhotoFilm + Digital to enable
site visitors to purchase the large-format, framed photos like they
were displayed during the exhibit.
Help Make History!
History Gets Into the Streets of Philadelphia, and You Can Participate... for free!
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) launches the PhilaPlace project with a free two-part event series in the South Philadelphia and Northern Liberties/Kensington neighborhoods.
With a grant from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Federal-State Partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, HSP and its partners the Philadelphia Department of Records and the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia invite current and former residents of these neighborhoods to share their photographs and memories of places that hold personal meaning.
Part 1 is a workshop to learn ways to preserve community character and contribute to neighborhood history and culture. Part 2 is a history fair where residents can bring contemporary or historic photographs of favorite neighborhood places to be scanned and have their memories recorded for PhilaPlace's digital archive.
HSP's photographic specialist will demonstrate how to preserve photographs. Come early to secure a slot for scanning and recording! For more information, please call HSP at 215.732.6200, ext. 227.
All events are free. No advance registration required.
Queen Village Neighbors Association
Weccacoe Playground Building, 4th and Catharine Streets
Part 1: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7-9 pm (workshop)
Part 2: Saturday, Nov. 3, 1-4 pm (fair)
St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church
335 Fairmount Avenue
Part 1: Thursday, Nov. 1, 7-9 pm (workshop)
Part 2: Saturday, Nov. 10, 1-4 pm (fair)
Everything You've Always Wanted
to Know About Our Famous Philly Soft Pretzel
Every month we add several new blog entries to the PhillyHistory.org blog. These blog entries, written by historians, students and researchers, serve as a tool to further explain the photographs found on the PhillyHistory site and to educate visitors to the site about interesting topics related to Philadelphia history. Read an exerpt from a recent blog entry below...
"Just like other major cities and tourist hot spots, Philadelphia has its own unique set of delectable edibles. New York is known for bagels, Chicago for its buttery crusted deep dish pizza, and Savannah for its heavenly pralines. Philadelphia has made its way into similar culinary fame, not only for cheese steaks and water ice (characteristically known as "wudder ice" by the locals), but also for the delicious, chewy, salty, "get-em just about everywhere in Philly," soft twisted pretzels..."Read More
Additionally, there is a new 'Bookmark'
feature that saves your search parameters including locations, tags,
keywords, time period and more, and returns updated results based
on your saved search. On the Search
page, simply click on the 'Bookmark' button, where you will be asked to
name and save your search(es). Up to 50 searches can be saved with each
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