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John Vidumsky

John Vidumsky has been exploring abandoned spaces for as long as he can remember. He recently received an MA in history from Temple University, where he studied 20th-century Russian history. Currently, he works for Hidden City as Head of Research and Client Services. In his spare time, John plays Celtic harp, runs a drum circle and does photography.

Tales Of A Privy Pirate

Tales Of A Privy Pirate

August 16, 2013  |  Vantage

Passionate about history? Love a good treasure hunt? Well so do the so called privy diggers. What they do is certainly controversial, but it follows from a basic instinct to convene with the past. John Vidumsky caught up with "Digger George" for an interview, Peter Woodall went on-site for photos > more

The Geography Of Retreat

The Geography Of Retreat

April 12, 2013  |  Vantage

Hidden City has covered more churches and schools that have closed, are closing, or might be closing, than we'd really care to. John Vidumsky has plotted them on a citywide map to illustrate just how widespread the closings have been, and to place them into their geographical context > more

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In “The Neck,” A History Of Stiff Resistance To Change

January 11, 2013  |  Vantage

The Neck? South Philly swampland coveted by urban dreamers for more than a century was finally tamed for refineries, the Sports Complex, and FDR Park. The turning point: the six-year-long "pig wars" and the final end to South Philly's agrarian history. John Vidumsky recreates the showdown with pigs as proxy for the yeoman lifestyle and an interview with one of the last surviving homesteaders > more

 In Kensington, A Secret “Punk Rock” Temple Of The Occult

In Kensington, A Secret “Punk Rock” Temple Of The Occult

November 28, 2012  |  Vantage

Our master of the occult John Vidumsky finds himself inside a Thelemite temple, talking magic worship and DIY construction with the occult religion's local leader Frater Lux ad Mundi, whose name means “Brother of Light to the World” > more

Inside the Circle

Inside the Circle

August 29, 2012  |  Vantage

Under the El in Frankford an ordinary sneaker store masks the only "atmospheric" movie palace in the city, the Circle Theater > more