Harry Kyriakodis, author of Philadelphia's Lost Waterfront (2011) and Northern Liberties: The Story of a Philadelphia River Ward (2012), 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 2000 titles new and old.
As the keystone city in the Keystone State, Harry K reminds us that Philadelphia has been at the center of many of Pennsylvania's—and America's—most important topics, including the formation of byways and borders. One such example, the Lincoln Highway, turns 100 today > more
Myth or history? In 1755, John Penn, grandson of the founder, deeded a lot near Second and Walnut into perpetuity for the use of Native Americans when they came to Philadelphia. Harry K digs deep into his Encyclopedia for the story that lies adjacent to Jose Garces' new restaurant > more
Harry K gives us the story of the Wood Street Steps, which will receive a Pennsylvania State Historical Marker at a ceremony at noon on October 12th. The welcomed marker will celebrate the steps' longevity, and their purpose, as well as commemorate the other Penn stairs--which no longer exist > more
A number of Philadelphia buildings have been physically moved from their original locations. Harry K offers a chronological survey of these displaced structures, with a quick review of their history > more
With Made in America intended to stamp Philly a "city of music," Harry K dips into his Encyclopedia to uncover an ambitious city project: the early 1930s Municipal Bureau of Music--and its short-lived but widespread impact on Philadelphians > more