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Philly History Pop ups

Intrigued by Philly history? 

Join a free meetup for curious Philadelphians to learn about a big moment in our city’s past and some intriguing twists on popular sites to visit (monthly series).

Saturday, May 21, 11:30am-12:15pm - Centennial 
Learn about the event that drew 10 million people to Fairmount Park in 1876 (the Centennial Exposition). What came from it and where did all the buildings from it go? 

Wednesday, June 22, 5:30-6:15pm - Interesting Twists    RAIN LOCATION: TELA's at 19th & FAIRMOUNT.  FINAL CALL (INSIDE OR OUTSIDE) will be made 3 pm on WEDNESDAY.  

Even those who know Philly well may be surprised at some of the lesser-known stories hiding inside some of our favorite historic sites and attractions including Independence Hall, the Barnes Foundation, Mt. Pleasant, Washington Avenue Pier, the corner of 6th & Walnut, etc.  

Saturday, July 23, 11:30am-12:15pm - Mischianza
Hear the tale of one of the weirdest, most over-the-top events in Philadelphia history--a massive, medieval style party that happened in South Philly during the Revolutionary War. 

Wednesday, August 3,  5:30-6:15pm - Eastern State Penitentiary & Girard College
Learn about the history and contemporary mission of our two massive neighbors: Eastern State Penitentiary & Girard College with longtime leaders from each.

LOCATION: The Garden picnic tables in Corinthian Gardens. Enter on Brown Street near Corinthian Ave.
Best for curious adults and kids 12 and up. 

Meetup leader: Cara Schneider Bongiorno is a born-and-bred Philadelphian and was long-time media relations director for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®. She represented the region to local and national media for 22 years, earning Philly positive press coverage and contributing to our thriving tourism economy. She’s still smitten with Philadelphia–and with sharing her knowledge about it. She also volunteers for Mighty Writers, a  non-profit which teaches kids to think clearly and write with clarity. She and her husband Chuck live in Fairmount. Email: [email protected]

Created by:   Corinthian Gardens

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