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Amy Cohen

Amy Cohen spent 20 years as a social studies teacher, most recently at Masterman. She is currently the Director of Education at History Making Productions where she develops educational materials to accompany documentaries about the Philadelphia region. Amy was born and raised in Center City long before the era of sidewalk cafes and pop up beer gardens. She now lives in West Mount Airy with her husband—also a lifelong Philadelphian—and their two daughters.

Bootleggers & Back Alley Bars: Philadelphia During Prohibition A City

Bootleggers & Back Alley Bars: Philadelphia During Prohibition A City “Soaked In Alcohol”

September 4, 2019  |  History

Speakeasies are all the rage these days. The revival finds its roots in secret cocktail lounges that opened after the 18th Amendment was ratified in 1920. Pennsylvania got a head start and outlawed alcohol in 1919. Amy Cohen takes a look back at Philadelphia during Prohibition on the 100-year anniversary of the ban > more

Examining Class And Racial Dynamics On The Anniversary Of The 1918 Riots In South Philadelphia

Examining Class And Racial Dynamics On The Anniversary Of The 1918 Riots In South Philadelphia

July 25, 2019  |  History

Amy Cohen takes a look at the socioeconomic and racial tensions in South Philadelphia that exploded into a six-day riot in the early 1900s > more

Celebrating Rebellion: On The Picket Line With The Suffragettes Of Philadelphia

Celebrating Rebellion: On The Picket Line With The Suffragettes Of Philadelphia

June 24, 2019  |  History

This month marks the 100th anniversary of Pennsylvania ratifying the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. With Independence Day fast approaching, Amy Cohen introduces us to the rebellious suffragettes that fought for equal rights in Philadelphia > more

Unraveling Myths About Philly's Pioneering African American Architect

Unraveling Myths About Philly’s Pioneering African American Architect

May 23, 2019  |  Architecture

Amy Cohen separates fact from fiction surrounding one of Philadelphia's most famous architects, Julian Francis Abele > more

The Artful Side Of Louis Magaziner & The Pow Wow Club

The Artful Side Of Louis Magaziner & The Pow Wow Club

July 27, 2018  |  History

Amy Cohen unearths the history of the Pow Wow Club, a pre-WWII Jewish literary society that became a labor of love for one of Philly's most prolific 20th century architects > more