Gangsters, bootleggers, crooked cops, and brazen politicians are iconic characters in the Prohibition Era of American history, and no more so than in Philadelphia. But what set the Philadelphia mob family apart from more famous groups in...
This I Believe, born in Philadelphia as a folksy collection of stories from Americans in all walks of life, was an instant hit for broadcaster Edward R. Murrow and his radio and newspaper sponsors. Filled with “the...
Baseball's fans and players are waiting for a way to enjoy their favorite game safely in a time of Coronavirus. With solutions still a ways off, there's never been a better time to be nostalgic.
Ghosts are a hearty lot. They persist long after their first sighting and may carry with them the history of a significant event, or the soul of a cherished local landmark. Their tales are perennial and evergreen,...
Her name was Moll Derry, but everyone knew her as the Witch of the Monongahela. In the ancient hills and misty hollows of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, generations of locals have passed down stories...
On June 10, 1652, at only 28 years old, Massachusetts silversmith John Hull opened the first mint in America in defiance of English colonial law. The first coin issued was the Pine Tree Shilling, designed by Hull.
This mid-1960s aerial view of Philadelphia's Washington Square shows the Philadelphia Athenæum, located on ground that once held the Walnut Street Prison/Jail (Goal). The grave site of the unknown soldier from the Revolutionary War is situated...
Pittsburgh loves to drink. In the early twentieth century, Pittsburgh, and western Pennsylvania, had been filled with breweries and distilleries. In fact, Pittsburgh alone had three major breweries: Fort Pitt, Duquesne, and the Independent Brewing Company. Smaller...

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