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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. She is the great grand niece of Louis Magaziner, Julian Abele’s best friend and fellow Penn-trained architect. 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.

Unraveling Myths About Philly's Pioneering African American Architect

Unraveling Myths About Philly’s Pioneering African American Architect

May 23, 2019  |  Vantage

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  |  Vantage

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

Brooms, Buttons, & Busking: Memoir Of A Young Russian Immigrant In Philadelphia

Brooms, Buttons, & Busking: Memoir Of A Young Russian Immigrant In Philadelphia

March 27, 2018  |  Vantage

Contributor Amy Cohen gives us an intimate glimpse of immigrant life in the late 1800s with excerpts from a diary written by her great-grandfather Saul Kaplan > more

Discovering My Family's Place In The Workshop Of The World

Discovering My Family’s Place In The Workshop Of The World

February 12, 2018  |  Vantage

In Port Richmond, Amy Cohen has a chance encounter with her family's industrial past when she happens upon a sign for her grandfather's old business, the Philadelphia Rust-Proof Company > more

In The Aftermath Of Charlottesville, Counting On The Catto Memorial

In The Aftermath Of Charlottesville, Counting On The Catto Memorial

August 15, 2017  |  Soapbox

As Southern cities erupt in protest and race-fueled violence over the removal of Confederate memorials, historian Amy Cohen looks at Philadelphia's lack of diversity in public monuments > more