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The Story of Wistar Park

The Historical Society of Frankford live streamed Fred Prescott’s presentation of the Story of Wistar Park last night in place of their regular monthly in person meeting.

Fred is our former neighbor from Griscom Street and his roots go way back in Frankford history.  He packed a lot of history into this video.  Take a look.


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Timothy Matlock – Penman of the Declaration of Independence

of the original presentation made  before the
Historical Society of Frankford by Lincoln Cartledge in April of 1917…


7:30 PM,  Tuesday, April 12, 2016
at the
Historical Society of Frankford
1507 Orthodox Street
Philadelphia, PA 19124

The Annual Report will be presented and the election of
directors will be conducted.

All members are asked to attend.

Non-members are welcome.
Refreshments will be served.

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Fighting Fires in Frankford

Preserving & Promoting the History of NE Philadelphia since 1905
The Center for Northeast Philadelphia History
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 – 7:30pm
From Horses to Horsepower – Philadelphia Bureau of Fire
1871 – 1923
Jack Wright – Historian,
Philadelphia Fire Department

View some of the Society’s Library and Museum collections of fire fighting artifacts from Frankford’s long-gone volunteer fire companies (first in 1793).  Fire historian Jack Wright will describe the early years (1871-1923) of the Philadelphia Fire Department (Philadelphia Bureau of Fire) “From Horses to Horsepower” and share information on the Fireman’s Hall Museum collections, located in a  1902 firehouse at 2nd and Arch Streets.
Refreshments served.  Members free; Others $5.00
1507 Orthodox Street, Philadelphia, PA  19124
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Meeting of the HSF Tuesday March 11th

Preserving & Promoting the History of NE Philadelphia since 1905
The Center for Northeast Philadelphia History
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 7:30pm
Society and Members
 This is an opportunity for members and guests to participate in the Society’s monthly program. Bring in examples of postcards you have collected or saved. Each one tells a story – come prepared to tell yours – about the cards or your collection. View some special postcards from the Society’s collections and hear about early twentieth century Bridesburg photographers William H and Charles Sliker, who printed thousands of postcards documenting the sites and residents of Frankford/NE Philadelphia.
As this is the annual membership meeting, come out, vote for directors, and learn what has been done this past year at the Society – and what is being planned for the future. Then enjoy a behind the scenes tour of our 1930’s building and vast collections.
Refreshments served. Members free; Others $5.00
1507 Orthodox Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124 215-743-6030
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Coming Up in Frankford

  • Grand Gala Unveiling of ‘Old Baldy’
    When – Sun, September 26, 12pm – 4pm
    Where – Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum & Library, 4278 Griscom St. Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description – Grand Gala Unveiling of ‘Old Baldy’ General Meade’s Famed Warhorse Returns Home to Post #1 Ceremony at 1:30pm Refreshments & Beverages Tours & Talks Parking at St Joachim’s R.C. Church lot on Griscom St. Please R.S.V.P. to: or call: 215-289-6484
  • Northeast Philadelphia EPIC Stakeholders Group
    When – Thu, September 30, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
    Where – Aria Helath, Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description – The ultimate goal is to create a process that enhances the community’s ability to solve issues surrounding truancy, domestic violence, child safety and substance abuse.
  • Unlitter Us Rally and Fair
    When – Fri, October 1, 11:30am – 12:00pm
    Where – outside of Holiday Thriftway (5147 Frankford Avenue) (map)
  • Grand Army of the Republic Museum Open House
    When – Sun, October 3, 12pm – 5pm
    Where – 4278 Griscom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description – Presentation at 1:30 PM: “Civil War Spies and Guerillas” Dr Sid Copel
  • Friends of Overington Park
    When – Tue, October 5, 7pm – 8pm
    Where – CORA Neuman Center at 1000 Orthodox Street (map)
    Description – Come out and discuss our park and what we an do to make it a safe and pleasant place for everyone.
  • Frankford Civic Association Meeting
    When – Thu, October 7, 7pm – 8pm
    Where – 2nd floor conference room, Aria Health, 4900 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
  • Pasta Dinner
    When – Sun, October 10, 12pm – 4pm
    Where – St. Joachim Roman Catholic Church 1527 Church Street Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description – St. Joachim’s is having a Pasta Dinner on Sunday, October 10 from 12PM to 4PM. Dinners include: Pasta, meatballs or sausage, salad, rolls & butter, desserts and coffee, tea or iced tea. All this for $10 for adults, $6 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. Take out is also available!
  • Historical Society of Frankford program
    When – Tue, October 12, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
    Where – 1507 Orthodox St., Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description – BREWERIES of FRANKFORD, KENSINGTON & BRIDESBURG Rich Wagner Master Brewers Association of the Americas PHILADELPHIA BREWING COMPANY OKTOBERFEST LIBATIONS Raise one up for these three industrial River Wards, where breweries quenched the thirst of thousands of workers and shipped beer throughout the world. Schmidt’s and Gretz were two of the last breweries to close, while those of John Fritsch and John Grauch in Frankford never made it past prohibition. Rich Wagner has been studying the history of this area’s brewing industry and has researched brewing from colonial times to today’s craft brewing industry.
  • Frankford Community Garden Maintenance Meetup
    When – Thu, October 14, 6pm – 8pm
    Where – Corner of Oxford Ave. and Foulkrod St. (map)
    Description – Gather together with your friends and neighbors to maintain and improve this garden spot in Frankford.
  • Northeast Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
    When – Sun, October 17, 1pm – 2pm
    Where – Holy Family University – 9801 Frankford Avenue (map)
    Description – NORTHEAST HALL of FAME Holy Family University – 9801 Frankford Avenue Inductees: Benjamin Rush, Robert Purvis, Butch Ballard, Sister Mary Scullion, Special People in the NE (SPIN) .  Tickets $25.00 available from Holy Family University.
  • Northwood Civic Association Meeting
    When – Tue, October 19, 7pm – 8pm
    Where – St. James Lutheran Church, at Castor Avenue and Pratt Street. (map)