Society Hill: The Great Deceiver

  • May 04, 2019
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Meet in front of Powel House, 244 S. 3rd Street
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Meet in front of Powel House, 244 S. 3rd Street.

No neighborhood in Philadelphia has as complex and contradictory a history as Society Hill. Once it was home to Philadelphia’s aristocracy, and today it features dozens of million-dollar houses. Ah, but so much happened in the 150 years in between!

Underneath its present-day Early Republic charm we’ll uncover traces of a completely different neighborhood; once connected to the bustling waterfront, its streets were full of small factories and workshops, and home to Russian Jews and Irish immigrants as well as working class African-Americans. We’ll delve into Society Hill’s role as the birthplace of Philadelphia’s historic preservation movement and as the site of an ambitious urban renewal scheme starting in the 1950s.

Questions, concerns, conundrums? Contact Hidden City project director Pete Woodall at 267-259-7112 or pwoodall@hiddencityphila.org

Mickey Herr lived in many places until her heart settled in Philadelphia. She has led the development and communications efforts for several significant non-profit cultural institutions in Philadelphia. Current interests involve elevating the hidden-histories of women. She is at work on a novel, and gives tours for Hidden City Philadelphia, both of which are allowing her to research incredible untold stories of women. She believes in ghosts, synchronicity, and taking chances. Read her writing on Philadelphia, history and geneology at mickeyherr.com.




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