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Dr. James Still : How the Son of Former Slaves became the Black Doctor of the Pines

Dr. James Still : How the Son of Former Slaves became the Black Doctor of the Pines
Dr. James Still, the “Black Doctor of the Pines” lived during a time when blacks were in slavery, people of color were not allowed to go to medical school and racism was not only legal, but also the norm– yet he didn’t let these obstacles stop him from practicing medicine in Medford, NJ. In fact, his practice became so successful he became one of the biggest landowners and richest man in Burlington County.

The Essential Ben Franklin: A 90 minute Philadelphia Walking Tour

The Essential Ben Franklin: A 90 minute Philadelphia Walking Tour

Whether you’re a tourist visiting Philly for the first time or a lifelong native who hasn’t studied local history since your 5th grade social studies trip, you owe it to yourself to experience at least a little taste of Ben Franklin. If you’re short on time, this itinerary is FOR YOU.  Oh, and did I mention, it’s all FREE? 

Meet the Mother of Thanksgiving, Philadelphia's Sarah Josepha Hale

Meet the Mother of Thanksgiving, Philadelphia's Sarah Josepha Hale
A Philadelphia women helped make Thanksgiving a National Holiday - do you know the story of Sarah Josepha Hale?

5 Historic Relics you can find at Reading Terminal Market Today

5 Historic Relics you can find at Reading Terminal Market Today
Reading Terminal Market has been a favorite Philadelphia shopping destination for over 120 years. Its historic building at 12th and Arch street is filled with modern amenities but some things are still the same as they were in 1893. Look for these 5 historic relics on your next trip!

Betsy Ross Flag :: Hate Symbol or History ?

Betsy Ross Flag :: Hate Symbol or History ?
Looking at the Nike Betsy Ross Flag Shoe controversy - how use of the 13 star American flag relates to another hate symbol in history

The Pink Plastic Pig, Concert Posters, and William Penn : How PhilaCarta Started

The Pink Plastic Pig, Concert Posters, and William Penn : How PhilaCarta Started
I like to use 2017 as the official start year of PhilaCarta, but it took more than a decade (and possibly my entire life so far) of experiences and many projects *not quite* working out to get to this point. So how does a pink plastic pig, concert posters and William Penn fit into the PhilaCarta story?

3 Surprising Facts about Philly's LOVE PARK

3 Surprising Facts about Philly's LOVE PARK

Did you know these facts about Philadelphia's iconic park?

What visiting Elfreth's Alley taught me about working from home

Working from Home on Elfreth's Alley

Elfreth's Alley has a long history of being home to artisans, tradespeople and small business owners and being a working artist and wannabe entrepreneur, I immediately felt a connection to the past residents of the street. Like myself, the small business owners of Elfreth's Alley all worked from home.  Read on for some some work from home tips I learned from Colonial America: