PhilaPlace and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania
on October 14, 2007
We are delighted to be partnering with the Pennsylvania Historical Society on their PhilaPlace neighborhood history project. The project aims to weave together resident stories, photographs, and other primary materials to tell the history of South Philadelphia and Northern Liberties. Joan Saverino, the project director, believes strongly in the value of collaboration, so we at the Mapping Du Bois project are excited to be involved, together with Avencia, Inc., the Department of Records, and the Preservation Alliance. Our role will focus on using maps to help people narrate their stories and to identify themes across different stories.
PhilaPlace is hosting neighborhood workshops and history fairs over the next few weeks. Residents are invited to bring their historical photographs and stories so that they can become part of the PhilaPlace archives (which will be available online) and the PhillyHistory.org project. The details of the events was including in a 10/4 South Philadelphia Review article and 10/14 Sunday Inquirer story.
Eventually, we hope to host similar events so that neighborhood residents can share their photographs and stories about life in the Old Seventh Ward.