Albert M. Greenfield, a Russian immigrant, was courted for his business acumen by mayors, senators, and presidents, including Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman. He built a multifaceted business empire that encompassed real estate, department stores, banks, newspapers, and hotels, among others. Throughout his life, Greenfield was able to cross social, religious, and ethnic boundaries to form unique business aliances among Jews, Catholics, and African Americans.
Discover innovative, interdisciplinary ways to teach about Philadelphia's Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793, a topic all too relevant to today's news of Ebola. Participants will gain teaching ideas and classroom-ready materials as they explore ways to use media and primary sources with elementary and secondary students. Content will be structured around Pennsylvania Core Standards and will include a lecture from Reverend Mark Kelly Tyler, Senior Pastor at Mother Bethel AME Church, on the critical role Richard Allen played in combating Philadelphia’s Yellow Fever epidemic.
Dr. Marc Stein will use Philadelphia LGBT history to explore the sexual dimensions of the past when historians, librarians, archivists, publishers, and others construct and reconstruct historical narratives. Cosponsored by the Library Company of Philadelphia. Preceeded by a reception at Library Company of Philadelphia at 5:30, with the lecture to follow at HSP at 7 p.m.
The Philadelphia Vigilance Committee helped runaway slaves relocate within northern Free states and Canada. Committee Chairman William Still interviewed the runaways and kept a journal documenting their escapes and experiences in bondage. Join us for a panel discussion featuring Valerie Still, Phil Lapansky, and Melvin Garrison. Part of a month-long celebration of Moonstone Arts Center’s Underground Railroad in Philadelphia
The 1793 Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelphia has become well known: the story has a hero—Benjamin Rush—and a villain—a mysterious pestilential disease which killed almost 10 percent of the population. Rush has been roundly criticized, both by posterity and his contemporaries, for his harsh therapies of bloodletting and extreme medicines.