Restoring Shoemaker Junior High


Steven B. Ujifusa | Philly History Blog

  • Over at the Philly History Blog, Steven Ujifusa looks at the Philadelphia school system one century into its history (circa 1918). Ujifusa is most interested in the William H. Shoemaker Junior High School, built from 1925 to 1927. It was a rare “forum where various ethnic and religious groups could come together for the common purpose of education.” Now a successful charter—“Mastery — Shoemaker Campus,” some 70% of the original school building has been renovated. As such, the building offers a comprehensive view of the past century of public education in Philadelphia.
  • Metro Philly joins photographer Jeffrey Stockbridge as he scouts Kensington Avenue for the next snapshot on the thoroughfare, “documenting the daily struggle behind the curtain of the El.” Stockbridge, who became interested in his subjects via the abandoned buildings that they would frequent, employs “beauty to communicate things that are not so beautiful.”
  • Tomorrow morning at 8:30, the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting will break ground for its new meetinghouse at 20 East Mermaid Lane. For additional information concerning this project, visit the project site, HERE.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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