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Jack McCarthy

Jack McCarthy is a certified archivist and longtime Philadelphia area archival/historical consultant. He is currently directing a project for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania focusing on the archival collections of the Philadelphia region’s many small historical institutions. He recently concluded work as consulting archivist and researcher for the audio documentary Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio and as consulting archivist for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2012-2013 Leopold Stokowski centennial celebration. Jack has a master’s degree in music history from West Chester University and is particularly interested in the history of Philadelphia music. He is also involved in Northeast Philadelphia history. He is Co-founder of the Northeast Philadelphia History Network and serves as Director of the Northeast Philadelphia Hall of Fame.

Persistent History

Persistent History

July 4, 2012  |  Vantage

Did Thomas Jefferson read the Declaration of Independence in Frankford on July 2, 1776, and did the Founding Fathers dine there two days later? Jack McCarthy examines the evidence. > more

Barnes Prequel On The Parkway: The Unbuilt Temple Of Music

Barnes Prequel On The Parkway: The Unbuilt Temple Of Music

May 31, 2012  |  Vantage

Jack McCarthy has the familiar story of a controversial move by a top Philadelphia arts institution to a Modern facility on the Parkway. But unlike the Barnes Museum, the Philadelphia's Orchestra's Temple of Music became a victim of the deepening Great Depression > more

Something New In America: Serious Opera, 1757

Something New In America: Serious Opera, 1757

February 2, 2012  |  Vantage

It was a musical winter in Philadelphia, as students of the College of Philadelphia, including Francis Hopkinson, put on the "Mask of Alfred" > more

Today, 1757: City's First Public Concert

Today, 1757: City’s First Public Concert

January 25, 2012  |  Vantage

Some 30 years behind Boston, Charleston, and New York, the Philadelphia's first concert was successful enough to draw at least one quite prescient concertgoer to the second > more

Hippest Street In Town, Circa 1766

Hippest Street In Town, Circa 1766

January 13, 2012  |  Vantage

South Street was Philadelphia's original performance district, starting with the Southwark, the first permanent theater in America > more