Category: History
Philadelphia: The Great Experiment Film, Free at the Kimmel

History Making Productions debuts the newest installment its Emmy award-winning docu-series, Philadelphia: The Great Experiment. The series gives its audience an in-depth look into the historical events that divided Americans and put Philadelphia in the forefront of the Revolutionary War. Get to know and understand the likes of Betsy Ross, Thomas Paine, and countless other important figures of the time and place. The premiere is a free event at the Kimmel Center‘s Perelman Theater Building.

Click here to reserve your tickets.

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Old A.F. Bornot Dye Works Building Getting a Facelift

Bornot Dye plantWe just love to see life breathed back into old vacant buildings here in Philly. There’s something to be said about recognizing the potential of a building with really great bones, and even more to say about taking that recognition and turning it into action. That’s why we’re excited to hear that the Bornot Dye Works building (17th & Fairmount) is getting a much-needed second chance at the hands of MM Partners. Historically, MM Partners typically sticks close to their Brewerytown roots, but we’re so glad they’ve ventured north of Logan Square and given this diamond in the rough a shot.

Back in the eve of the 20th century, the building plans, designed by architect Werner Trumbower, were noted in the 1919 edition of Cleaning and Dyeing World, a publication on the Who’s Who of the dye world.

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The folks at MM Partners have big plans for this space that will bring even better things to the already great Spring Garden neighborhood, largely populated by more recent arrivals to the city who sought out reasonably priced roomy homes. The 75,000 sqft warehouse will be converted into both a retail and commercial space (some highlights expected include a bank branch, yoga studio, and coffee shop), as well as 18 residential apartments with 2 high-end lofts. Work has already begun on the massive project and is expected to wrap up late summer/early fall 2015.

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Philadelphia Museum of Art Showcases 200 Years of African American Art

1cd4e8aa-09c6-49b9-8ef8-18a584cd6524-327x420Philadelphia Museum of Art is arguably home to some of the most impressive collections of art in the world. February marks America’s Black History Month, and the museum is brilliantly displaying 200 years of African American art in an exhibit that will last until April 5, 2015. Showcased artists include Henry Ossawa Tanner, Horance Pippin, Jacob Lawrence and Carrie Mae Weems.

 

Find out more about the museum, the exhibit, and plan your visit here.


2016 Democratic National Convention to be Held in Philly

Obama What better spot than the birthplace of American democracy to hold the 2016 Democratic National Convention? Last week, Chris Matthews of Hardball on MSNBC wrote a piece in the Washington Post about the many reasons that made Philly the perfect backdrop for the ’16 DNC. Here are some highlights:

“When I was growing up in that city, my mother took my brothers and me to see the Liberty Bell, then still in Independence Hall. She also took us to Carpenter’s Hall, colonial Elfreth’s Alley and, of course, Betsy Ross’s house. She wanted her children to know the history of our city, which was so vital to the beginnings of our country.These historic sites are within quick walking distance of Philadelphia’s convention center. When Democratic delegates from all over the country arrive in July 2016 they could visit much of their country’s revolutionary history without leaving Market Street. But the greater opportunity is what a 2016 Philadelphia convention could do on television. Consider the themes at the heart of the current national debate over voting rights, marriage equality and pay equity.

Now consider the opening words of our founding document.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

 

The announcement was made this morning by DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Mayor Nutter expressed his excitement after the announcement was made, stating that “We’re all delighted to make history again, in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.” The convention is expected to be held the week of July 25, 2016 on the heels of the Republican National Convention, which is to take place in Cleveland, Ohio.

For more info on the reasons that locked Philly in as the top contender, click here. (Though we don’t expect you had any doubts am I right, Philadelphians?)