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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.

The Cheapest Place Of Entertainment In The World

The Cheapest Place Of Entertainment In The World

July 17, 2012  |  History

Harry K jumps in his time machine to take us to Callowhill, pre-urban renewal. Far from today's wasteland, the district was a vital connection to the Northern Liberties--and on this one particular block a brilliant lens on this city's history > more

Diggin' the West Shipyard

Diggin’ the West Shipyard

July 6, 2012  |  History

Harry K looks into the archaeological digs planned for the West Shipyard site, one of four local shipyards fabricating fishing craft, riverboats and oceangoing vessels on the Delaware Riverfront--and the only known original American slipway from the 17th and 18th centuries > more

Who Has Seen The Indian Pole?

Who Has Seen The Indian Pole?

June 20, 2012  |  History

Harry K needs help solving the mystery of the Indian Pole, an 85 foot tall post with a 9 1/2 foot tall Native American at the top last heard from in 1920. After scouring the likely sources, Harry has been led to believe not a single image exists--or does it? > more

Origins Of The City Branch? Canal, Natural & Man-Made

Origins Of The City Branch? Canal, Natural & Man-Made

June 11, 2012  |  History

How did the City Branch subway rail line come to be located where along this corridor anyway? The answer, according to Harry K's Philadelphia Encyclopedia, lies in natural history: it connects the narrowest points between the rivers > more

The Transit Of Venus Starts Here

The Transit Of Venus Starts Here

June 1, 2012  |  History

In honor of next Tuesday's transit of Venus across the sun, we turn to Harry K's Philadelphia Encyclopedia for some insight on David Rittenhouse, astronomer and polymath inventor and first American scientist to observe the transit, which he did on June 3, 1769 > more