Author Archive

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.

William Penn's Piercing Headache

William Penn’s Piercing Headache

January 8, 2014  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Harry K. rides the wavelengths of Philadelphia's history with antennae, and along the way encounters what must have been a terrible headache for William Penn > more

What Happened To The Giants of Fairmount Park?

What Happened To The Giants of Fairmount Park?

December 13, 2013  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

The first pieces of the massive basaltic columns of Northern Ireland's Giant's Causeway to come to the U.S. probably were sent for the Centennial World's Fair. More were shipped and installed in Fairmount Park in 1907. Harry K wants to know where they ended up and why the fate of these unusual monuments is unknown > more

A Ride On The Lincoln Highway, 100 Years Old Today

A Ride On The Lincoln Highway, 100 Years Old Today

October 31, 2013  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

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

Before Even Old Original Bookbinder's: An Official Indian Reservation

Before Even Old Original Bookbinder’s: An Official Indian Reservation

October 24, 2013  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

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

Honoring William Penn's Steps, At Last

Honoring William Penn’s Steps, At Last

October 9, 2013  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

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