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1/16/18
Author: Patrick Glennon
The man pictured here authored a famous fable titled The Lady, or the Tiger? (1882). Born in Philadelphia in 1834, he was also a children’s writer and magazine editor.
 
What is his name?
 
Check back tomorrow for the answer! 
Topics : Arts and Culture
Comments: 0

1/8/18
Author: Patrick Glennon
In 1912, a group of Philadelphia women, including Margaret Yarnall Newbold, Christine E. Biddle, Gertrude Ely, and Sarah Lowery formed this group that dedicated itself to volunteerism.
 
What is the name of their organization?
 
Answer: The Junior League of Philadelphia
 
Topics : Women
Comments: 0

1/3/18
Author: Patrick Glennon
In 1687, the Morris family of Philadelphia opened one of the city's first businesses.  This company was later taken over by the Perot family.
 
What kind of business was it?
 
Answer: A brewery
 
Topics : Philadelphia
Comments: 0

12/27/17
Author: Patrick Glennon

What year saw the first city-sponsored Mummers Parade?

Check back Thursday for the answer!

Comments: 1

12/18/17
Author: Patrick Glennon
A few decades prior to the formation of the Philadelphia Flyers in 1967, the city briefly hosted its first NHL team.
 
What was it called?
 
Answer: The Philadelphia Quakers
 
Prior to their brief stay in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Quakers had been the Pittsburgh Pirates. Formed in 1925 as a new addition to the NHL’s roster, the Pirates spent five losing years in the Steel City before moving east. The team moved to Philadelphia late 1930 and was renamed the Philadelphia Quakers.
 
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12/11/17
Author: Patrick Glennon
This December 17 would have been Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle Jr.'s 120th birthday. 
 
Biddle gained much of his fame during World War II, just prior to which he served as ambassador to this country that played a crucial part in that war.
 
Can you guess which one?
 
Answer: Poland
 
Topics : 20th century
Comments: 0

12/5/17
Author: Patrick Glennon
True or false:
 
Today’s Philadelphia Police Department was formed under the Consolidation Act of 1854, which combined the city and county of Philadelphia under a single jurisdiction.
 
Answer: True
 
Topics : 19th century
Comments: 0

11/27/17
Author: Patrick Glennon
The first Philadelphia Flower Show was held in 1829. It was arranged by this organization, which had been founded just two years earlier in 1827.
 
What is the name of the organization?
 
Answer: The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
 
Topics : 19th century
Comments: 0

11/20/17
Author: Patrick Glennon

If the name “Samuel S. Fels” rings any bells, there’s good reason for it. He was a well-known philanthropist in Philadelphia during the early to mid 20th century who gave to numerous civic, scientific, cultural, and educational causes. 

Fels came into much of his wealth through manufacturing one particular product. Can you guess what it is?

Answer: Soap

Topics : 20th century
Comments: 1

11/6/17
Author: Patrick Glennon
In 1813, members of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends established the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason. They built a new hospital on a 52-acre farm in the city’s Frankford section, which was opened to patients in May 1817.
 
This hospital still exists today, but is known by a different name.  What is it called?
 
Answer: Friends Hospital 
 
Topics : 19th century
Comments: 0