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Sarah Kennedy

Sarah Kennedy lives and writes in South Philadelphia. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers-Camden and a BA in Women's Studies from Harvard. She has, at other times, been a writing teacher, a lexicographer, a travel writer, a waitress, a bartender, a clothes peddler at Saks Fifth Avenue, and an amusement park ride operator.

In Somerton, Suffragists' Vision Lives On

In Somerton, Suffragists’ Vision Lives On

October 27, 2016  |  Architecture

In Northeast Philadelphia, the spirit of the suffrage movement lives on at Cranaleith. The late Victorian home was designed by architect Minerva Parker Nichols for both a family home and a meeting place for women's rights activists during the late 19th century. The property is now home to the Sisters of Mercy and the Cranaleith Spiritual Center. Contributor Sarah Kennedy gives us the tour > more

With New Center Coming, Remembering The Southern Home For Destitute Children

With New Center Coming, Remembering The Southern Home For Destitute Children

April 2, 2015  |  History

The South Philadelphia Branch of the Free Library was recently leveled to make way for construction of the Community Health and Literacy Center, a wellness and educational partnership between Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, FLP, and the City. Long before the former library's tenure at Broad and Morris Streets, an orphanage claimed the large rectangular block from 1891 to 1960. HC contributor Sarah Kennedy got in touch with former residents of The Southern Home For Destitute Children, bringing up fond memories and a lasting affection for their childhood home away from home > more