Digital Resources of the Week: PhilaPlace

PhilaPlace: Sharing Stories from the City of Neighborhoods, created by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (our neighbor, at 13th & Locust), tells the stories of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. The interactive website focuses on particularly on two neighborhoods whose immigrants and working class citizens have dramatically shaped the history of the city: Old Southwark and the Greater Northern Liberties. On the PhilaPlace Map you’ll discover local items like The Clef Club at 738 South Broad Street and photographs of South Street contributed by Philadelphia College of Art (now UArts) alumna Peggy Hartzell.

"13th n' South - That's Us" - 1969 photography by Peggy Hartzell
"13th n' South - That's Us" - 1969 photography by Peggy Hartzell

There is a lot of Philadelphia culture and history to explore on the Topics page and an informative blog. This is a terrific way to learn about your new home and all the arts, culture, and history it has to offer. Perhaps as you spend more time here in Philadelphia, you’ll want to share your story too!

Want to know more about Philadelphia and the history of UArts? Head over to the library. We have a great illustrated book on The University of the Arts co-authored by Sara MacDonald, one of our reference librarians, and Eugene Bolt (find in in the Greenfield or Music Libraries). You’ll find books on the Philadelphia murals, Philadelphia architecture, the Mutter Museum and we’re working right now on digitizing the University Archives. Want to know more? Check out our Philadelphia subject guide.

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