- Germantown’s Wyck Historic House has received a $150K grant from the national Institute of Museum and Library Services, which will contribute to the site’s public agricultural education programs. “The programs at Wyck,” says Kristin Hagar, the Wyck Association’s development and communications manager, “reflect a recognition that many historic sites won’t survive without demonstrating their relevance to the immediate community, as opposed to attracting one-time tourists.”
- The Philly History Blog looks at the persistent flooding of Frankford factories and mills in the early part of the 20th century, as well as the eventual shuttering of scores of such workplaces due to the deindustrialization of the Philadelphia economy.
- This evening, Natural Lands Trust (NLT) will hold a public input meeting to discuss the fate of the Upper Roxborough Reservoir (operating for seven decades before being decommissioned in the early 1960s). Hoping to stave off the residential development of what has become a cherished natural habitat for toads, NLT will create a comprehensive plan for the area after the Water Department finishes work on a Stormwater Management Project. For additional information, click HERE.
- The Inquirer reports that plans are finally in the works for a statue commemorating late Philly heavyweight champion Smokin’ Joe Frazier, to be unveiled sometime next year near the Xfinity Live entertainment complex.
About the author
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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