When Pastorius Monument Unsettled Germantown

 

Germantown YWCA and the Pastorius Monument viewed from Vernon Park | Photo: Bradley Maule

  • The Philly History Blog takes us to Vernon Park, where the monument to Germantown founder Daniel Francis Pastorius has divided opinion for over a century. Ken Finkel explains that sculptor Albert Jaegers’ work failed to espouse the traditional allegories of “American Independence and Progress,” an especially damning charge as National Socialism began to monopolize its control over Germany in 1933. Yet Finkel contextualizes the work in ways that popular xenophobia could not, for these late 17th century Germans were among North America’s first abolitionists.
  • Plan Philly takes note of Indego’s stellar ridership numbers for the bike share program’s first two months, saying that the 100,000 rides surpass the benchmarks set by other similarly sized American bike-share systems. The existing network of 60 stations and 600 bikes will ultimately triple, says marketing manager Brodie Hylton, who credits Philly’s bike-share success on its relatively low barrier to try it out.
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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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