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June 2019

Philadelphia’s Lost Jewish Quarter

June 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Meet in front of Rebecca Gratz Apartments, 532 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA

From the 1880's through the 1920's the area between Spruce and Christian Street and 2nd and 6th was Philadelphia's version of New York's famous Lower East Side. Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe created a vibrant neighborhood with its own Yiddish Theater, literary societies and newspapers, along with synagogues and banks, bath houses and delicatessens.

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Forgotten North Broad Street

June 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
SE Corner of Broad and Spring Garden Sts

North Broad Street sure has the goods. But when was the last time you actually walked up North Broad, from Center City to Temple University? Buildings from many eras survive, including some absolute beauties, and we’ll be talking about the great ones that were torn down, too, including Central High School, and the first iteration of Rodeph Shalom synagogue, designed by Frank Furness.

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Pennsylvania Hospital/Washington Square Tour

June 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Pine Building Gatehouse, 8th and Delancey, west side of 8th Street
Philadelphia,

Two tours in one here folks! First off, we'll step inside the oldest hospital building in America, which contains the country's oldest medical library and oldest surgical amphitheater. Then we'll check out Publisher's Row on Washington Square and visit the Curtis Building to gaze upon Maxfield Parrish's Dream Garden mosaic.

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Death & Life at Mt. Moriah Cemetery

June 16 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mt. Moriah Cemetery, 62nd & Kingsessing
Philadelphia,

Mount Moriah is perhaps Pennsylvania's largest cemetery and home to some of our city's finest grave architecture. Part wilderness and part sculpture-garden, this city of the dead is by turns eerie and poignant.

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Subterranean Philly: What Lies Beneath

June 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
8th and Market, NW corner, 801 Market St.
Philadelphia,

This tour is a miscellany of anything and everything that’s below the surface of Philadelphia, the tunnels and subway stations, basements, concourses, sewers and utility lines that form an underground city beneath our feet.

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