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Harry Kyriakodis

Harry Kyriakodis, author of Philadelphia's Lost Waterfront (2011), Northern Liberties: The Story of a Philadelphia River Ward (2012) and The Benjamin Franklin Parkway (2014), regularly gives walking tours and presentations on unique yet unappreciated parts of the city. A founding/certified member of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides, he is a graduate of La Salle University and Temple University School of Law, and was once an officer in the U.S. Army Field Artillery. He has collected what is likely the largest private collection of books about the City of Brotherly Love: over 2700 titles new and old.

Losing Our <em>Independence</em>: Bicentennial Film In Last Days

Losing Our Independence: Bicentennial Film In Last Days

November 16, 2015  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Harry K. waxes nostalgic about Independence, a 28-minute John Huston film about the American Revolutionary War that has been playing at Independence National Historical Park since the Bicentennial > more

Indestructible At Broad And Callowhill

Indestructible At Broad And Callowhill

November 4, 2015  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Harry K climbs the mountainous Terminal Commerce Building at Broad and Callowhill Streets to deliver this 360 degree view of the industrial giant > more

In Celebration of

In Celebration of “Ciao Philadelphia,” A Look At Italian Immigrant Heritage of Pier 19

October 19, 2015  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Long before Dave and Buster's brought cheese fries and air hockey to the Delaware River, Pier 19 was a central hub for ferry service, maritime commerce, and Italian immigration. Harry K. ties off the mooring line and brings the history of this dynamic landing ashore > more

Before The Pope, The Days Of The Revivalists

Before The Pope, The Days Of The Revivalists

August 26, 2015  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Imagine if the papal visit and World Meeting of Families lasted four whole months. Harry K takes us inside the Union Tabernacle revival tent, where Protestant ministers and true believers spiritualized the city from several neighborhood locations in the mid-1800s > more

Forgotten And Alone: Bring Old Baldy And the General Into Town

Forgotten And Alone: Bring Old Baldy And the General Into Town

August 7, 2015  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

The equestrian statue of Civil War general George Meade sits neglected and mostly ignored behind the Please Touch Museum in West Fairmount Park. Efforts are underway to convince Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to relocate the impressive bronze memorial to a more prominent location > more