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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

11/1/17
Author: Patrick Glennon
In 1812, the city of Harrisburg was named Pennsylvania’s state capital. Five years later, the state would have its first elected governor to lead from this new capital.
 
Can you guess this governor's name?
 
Answer: William Findlay
 
Topics : 19th century
Comments: 0

10/25/17
Author: Patrick Glennon
If you’re searching for a haunted locale to visit this Halloween, you might try “John Wister’s Big House” located in Germantown.
 
This stately home dating to 1744 is also known by another name. Can you guess what it is?
 
A) Cliveden
B) Sweetbriar
C) Grumblethorpe
D) Andalusia
 
Answer:
C) Grumblethorpe
Topics : Philadelphia
Comments: 0

10/18/17
Author: Patrick Glennon
The Zoological Society of Philadelphia incorporated March 21, 1859, but the property known as the Philadelphia Zoo did not open until July 1, 1874. 
 
What was the primary reason for the delay?
Answer: The Civil War
 
Topics : Philadelphia
Comments: 0

10/10/17
Author: Patrick Glennon
In the fall of 1933, a series of riots occurred at Eastern State Penitentiary.
 
What brought about the riots?
 
Answer: Overcrowding
 
Eastern State Penitentiary opened in Philadelphia in 1829 on Fairmount Avenue between 21st and 22nd streets.  It was built on a raised site that had been a cherry tree orchard, and as such, the prison was also known as “Cherry Hill.”
 
Topics : 20th century
Comments: 0

10/3/17
Author: Patrick Glennon

True or False?

In the early 1900s, three local women artists, Violet Oakley, Jesse Willcox Smith, and Elizabeth Shippen Green became known collectively as the “Lilies of the Main Line.”

Answer: FALSE

Topics : 20th century
Comments: 0