Remembering Northeast Philadelphia

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The towns of Northeast Philadelphia boast a rich and vibrant history, but so many stories have been pushed into the background over time. In this collection of historical columns, first published in the Northeast Times, Dr. Harry C. Silcox brings their narratives back into the spotlight. From the beginning, all major roads in the region went to Frankford, the site of the nation's first psychiatric hospital and the popular Unity Street open-air market. The town of Holmesburg offered shelter to the veterans of the stage in Edwin Forrest's Home for Aged Actors. Years before the civil rights movement, Greenbelt Knoll became Philadelphia's first planned racially integrated housing development. Even the nation's first solar energy-powered machine was developed in Northeast Philly. From tales of alligator wrestling to groundbreaking feats of aviation, Silcox weaves a fascinating tapestry of everyday American life.
ISBN: 9781596296152
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Pennsylvania
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 70
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Dr. Harry C. Silcox is a long time board member of the Historical Society of Frankford and a retired Philadelphia area principal. In addition to writing a regular history column for the The Northeast Times, he is the author of six previous books including A Place to Live and Work: The Henry Disston Saw Works and The Tacony Community of Philadelphia, published by Penn State Press in 1994.
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