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Historical Society of Frankford April Meeting

Centennial of the Ferko String Band

The April program of the Historical Society of Frankford will be a celebration of the centennial of the Ferko String Band.

The meeting will be presented with a live audience, with masking and social distancing, and will also be shared remotely by way of YouTube and Facebook. That’s at 7:30 pm at the Society, 1507 Orthodox Street, on April 12. There is no charge, though contributions are welcome.

Ferko Captain Anthony Calenza will lead a group of veteran string band performers for a quick trot through the distinguished record of one of the most celebrated Mummer string bands. A moment of delight during a troublesome time.

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Northeast Philadelphia History Network Meeting

Friends of Northeast Philadelphia History 
Present A
Northeast Philadelphia History Network Zoom Meeting
7:00 PM, Wednesday,  April 5, 2022
Topic:  The Infamous Bank War
Speaker:  Cordelia Frances Biddle, Author
The epic 1830s battle between financier Nicholas Biddle and US president Andrew Jackson over the fate of the Philadelphia-based Second Bank of the United States comes to vivid life in author Cordelia Frances Biddle’s compelling biography of political intrigue: Biddle, Jackson, and a Nation in Turmoil: The Infamous Bank War. An independent historian and author with a passion for history,  Cordelia Frances Biddle has written a number of historical fiction and nonfiction books, the latter including Saint Katharine: The Life of Katharine Drexel.
Free and open to the public, a link for this NEPHN zoom presentation will be sent closer to the date and time of the meeting as a security measure in an effort to reduce potential interruption.
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Northeast Philadelphia History Fair

Northeast Philadelphia History Fair

The Northeast Philadelphia History Fair will be held this year on Saturday, April 30th at the Cannstatter Volkfest Verein, 9130 Academy Road from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

We’re happy to say that we will be there  with copies of our books: Frankford heroes, Frankford Stories and Frankford People.  We’ll also have a preview of 2 new books about the men from Northeast Catholic and Frankford High Schools who gave their lives in service to their country.

Free Admission, All Are Welcome
Historic Displays, Presentations on Local History
Books, Prints, Photographs, and Other Historical Items Available
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Campbell AME Cemetery One Step Closer

At the Zoom hearing on the 19th January 2022, the Nomination of the African Burial Ground of Frankford, located at 1651 Kinsey Street at Campbell AME Church was approved by the Committee for Historic Designation.

The Zoom Meeting was recorded and can be watched.  Campbell is discussed at 2 hours and 16 minutes into the recording.

The next hearing will be in February where the final decision is made.

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Frankford Stories

Frankford Stories

Reflections on life in a Philadelphia Neighborhood

Our new book Frankford Stories is out today, available on Amazon at this link.  It’s available in print and also as an ebook and if you have Kindle Unlimited, its free.

This is the second in the Frankford series, following Frankford HeroesFrankford People will be out later this year.

This is a collection of stories published in the Gazette going back to 2010.  I had a good time reading them again as I put this collection together.  There is a lot of humor and some nostalgia, mixed with a bit of some of the not so good.  They are all interesting from the best story tellers from Frankford.

If you live in or have lived in Frankford or if you have roots in Frankford in generations past if you grew up in Philadelphia or any other big city, you will enjoy this book.

To the authors: Al Houston, Joe Menkevich, Jack Hohenstein, Julia (Robinson) Mitchell-Hoffman, Lyle Larkin, Peter Dawson, Terry Rowley, Tony Wilkerson, and William Mastropieri;  I’ll get your copy to you as soon as I can receive  them from the printer.