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Bart Everts

Bart Everts is a librarian at the Paul Robeson Library at Rutgers University-Camden and a historian of the Philadelphia region. His articles and reviews have appeared in Archival Outlook, Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies, Library Journal, The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia and other publications. He lives in Upper Darby.

First Run: Camden's Claim As Birthplace Of The Drive-in Theater

First Run: Camden’s Claim As Birthplace Of The Drive-in Theater

June 22, 2016  |  Vantage

Drive-in theaters were once synonymous with American automobile culture, summertime, and Saturday night. Now, only approximately 338 are still in operation today. Contributor Bart Everts takes us across the river to Camden where the world's first drive-in was designed and patented > more

An Anniversary To Forget: August 1, 1944

An Anniversary To Forget: August 1, 1944

August 1, 2014  |  Vantage

70 years ago, on August 1, 1944, white Philadelphia transit employees staged a wildcat strike to keep African Americans from becoming trolley drivers. At the height of the war effort, FDR had to step in > more

Sci-Phi: Isaac Asimov’s West Philly Years

Sci-Phi: Isaac Asimov’s West Philly Years

July 18, 2014  |  Vantage

He's not often thought of as a Philadelphia writer, but Isaac Asimov, one of the towering figures of science fiction spent three years during World War II working at the Navy Yard and living in West Philly. Bart Everts has the story > more

Brewhouse, Jazzhaus, Ortlieb's Lives On

Brewhouse, Jazzhaus, Ortlieb’s Lives On

November 21, 2013  |  Vantage

Amidst the dust of the demolition of the Ortlieb's Brewery, the old Ortlieb's Brewhouse, where the beer was once supplied by pipe from the brewery, endures--a reminder of the Northern Liberties' beer history and the bar's magic run in the 1980s and 90s as a mainstay for jazz. Bart Everts has the story with Peter Woodall's photos > more

Murder, Disco & Democrats on Baltimore Ave.

Murder, Disco & Democrats on Baltimore Ave.

September 5, 2013  |  Vantage

Early 20th century movie theaters have been converted into drug stores, supermarkets, churches, warehouses--and here, shop space for a printing company. Bart Everts has the scoop on the Ambassador Theater's colorful history > more