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Coming Up in Frankford

  • Registration for the 2010 Deni Whiz Kids Baseball/Softball Season!!!!
    When – Wed, March 3, 7pm – 9pm
    Where – St. Joachim Church’s Pope John Paul II Room (map)
    Description – THE DENI PLAYGROUND ADVISORY COUNCIL Invites YOU to join us for the Exciting 2010 Deni Whiz Kids Baseball/Softball Season!!!! Registration: Wednesday, February 10th, 7-9 pm Wednesday, February 24th, 7-9 pm Location: St. Joachim Church’s Pope John Paul II Room T-Ball/In-house Baseball Registration: Only $15 Traveling Baseball/Softball Registration: $35 Late Registration Fee: $40 Divisions: 5-8 year old coed: T-Ball & Coach Pitch; 9-10 year old: NEPL Boys’ Baseball; 11-12 year old: NEPL Boys’ Baseball; 13-14 year old: NEPL Boys’ Baseball; 11-12 year old: NEPL Girls’ Softball. NEPL is a travel league. WE LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING YOU JOIN THE FUN! For more information, please e-mail the DPAC at
  • Frankford Civic Association Meeting
    When – Thu, March 4, 7pm – 8pm
    Where – Frankford Hospital – 2nd floor conference room (map)
  • Grand Army of the Republic Museum Open House
    When – Sun, March 7, 12pm – 5pm
    Where – 4278 Griscom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    DescriptionPresentation at 1:30 PM: Highlights of Civil War Medicine: The Men and Women who Served (Who they Were and What they did) Lesley Wood
  • Historical Society of Frankford – Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 7:30 pm:
    ANNUAL MEETING and PRESIDENT’S “BEHIND THE SCENES” TOUR — Come out and learn what has been done this past year at your historical society, as the annual report and financial review are presented. Your ideas are important — so tell us what activities you would like to see — and how you plan to get involved to make these happen. Then, enjoy a rare, behind the scenes tour of our 1930’s building and vast museum and library collections by our president. Don’t miss it!
    BYLAWS (Constitution rev March 1995) CHANGES TO BE VOTED:
    Board of Directors: Article IV-Section 1: Change from “comprised of 15 persons” to “comprised of not less than 7 and not more than 15.”
    Board of Directors: Article IV-Section 6: Change from “Eight directors shall constitute a quorum…” to “51% of the directors shall constitute a quorum.”
  • Northwood Civic Association Meeting
    When – Tue, March 16, 7pm – 8pm
    Where – St. James Lutheran Church, at Castor Avenue and Pratt Street. (map)
  • Italian Style Family Dinner
    When – Sat, March 20, 4:30pm – 8:00pm
    Where – St. Joachim’s Church, 1527 Church Street, Phila., PA 19124 (map)
    Description – MARK YOUR CALENDAR Every Third Wednesday from September thru May Italian Style Family Dinner The Dinners will be served from 4:30 PM to 8 PM in Fitzmaurice Hall Take-out will be available. COST: $8.00 for Adults, $4.00 for Children. Come Join us!
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Coming Up in Frankford

  • Parent Computer ExpoNext Week In Frankford
    When – Sat, November 21, 9am – 12pm
    Where – Frankford High School, 5000 Oxford Ave. Phila. PA 19124 (map)
  • Fall For Your Park at Overington Park
    When – Sat, November 21, 10am – 1pm
    Where – Overington Park, Leiper and Orthodox Streets (map)
    Description – Our next Friends of Overington Park event is on Saturday November 21, 2009, from 10am till 1pm. We will be planting a few trees, and racking up leaves, I hope some of your readers would like to attend. The event is called Fall For Your Park and will be going on around the city in over 60 parks. I hope to see you there.
  • Town hall meeting
    When – Tue, November 24, 7pm – 8pm
    Where – St. Joachim’s church hall, Church and Griscom streets.Phila. Pa 19124 (map)
    DescriptionCaptain Bachmayer (15th District) invites residents from the district to share their concerns at a town hall meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. at St. Joachim’s church hall, Church and Griscom streets.
  • Program at the Historical Society of Frankford
    When – Sun, November 29, 2pm – 4pm
    Where – Historical Society of Frankford, 1507 Foulkrod Street, Phila. PA 19124 (map)
    Description – THE LENAPE TRADITION — Special Guest Program and Fundraiser Indian Cultural Museum of Allentown This interactive program and display will highlight the heritage of the Lenape people that were the first to inhabit the area that is now Frankford. In light of the Thanksgiving holiday, it is appropriate to remember and appreciate the people that once called Frankford home. Join the folks from the Indian Cultural Center in Allentown as they share information on their history and traditions. The Historical Society of Frankford is also mounting a small display of its own Lenape and other Northeast Philadelphia American Indian artifacts. Activities for all ages will be offered, so bring the entire family and support the educational outreach HSF has been doing for over 100 years to promote and preserve the history of Northeast Philadelphia. Special refreshments will be offered.
  • Frankford Civic Association Meeting
    When – Thu, December 3, 7pm – 8pm
    Where – Frankford Hospital – 2nd floor conference room (map)
  • DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR? St. Joachim’s Christmas Event
    When – Sun, December 6, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
    Where – St. Joachims, 1507 Church St. Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description – St. Joachim’s is presenting the biggest Christmas event ever! It will be held in the Church on Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 3:00 PM. Join us for an afternoon of music, fun, drama and prayer. Free admission. 3 pm to 4:30 pm with refreshments following. Invite your friends and neighbors!
  • Historical Society of Frankford program
    When – Tue, December 8, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
    Where – 1507 Orthodox St., Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description – MUSEUM and MEMBERS SHARE HOLIDAY TREASURES — Historical Society of Frankford Volunteers and Members. HSF’s Museum and Library has items in its collection that were likely holiday gifts or accessories for past Frankford families. You may have an item that your family has used or a special holiday gift that has been enjoyed over the years. Bring them to share with our members and volunteers as you get an insider’s view of some of HSF’s special items. Educational holiday crafts for the children will be offered, so bring your young people to this festive meeting. And feel free to bring a dessert as we gather to enjoy our traditional holiday sweets buffet.
  • Frankford Garden Club trip to Longwood Gardens
    When – Sat, December 12, 3pm – 9pm
    Where – Bus departs Griscom and Orthodox Streets (map)
    Description – Trip to Longwood Gardens on Saturday December 12- $5 for Garden Club members, $12 for adult guests, $6 for children guests! The Bus will leave from Griscom and Orthodox Streets at 3:00 pm, arriving at Longwood around 4pm – we will return by 9pm
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Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War and Philadelphia

It was a full house at the Historical Society of Frankford on Tuesday night as Dr. Anthony Waskie, an Assistant Professor at Temple University, lectured on the subject.  His insights into the times and personalities was unique and especially relevant to Frankford and Philadelphia.

Also on display is an exhibit commemorating the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln in 1809.  The exhibit draws on the Society’s extensive collection of Lincoln related books, photographs, original documents, and artifacts to tell in brief the story of the rail splitter from Illinois.  Thanks to the HSF for assembling this exhibit.  It will be available to view for the next few months whenever the Society is open.

waskie-goodDr. Waskie has written and lectured widely on the Civil War and is very active in Civil War history, research and preservation. He is a specialist on the life and career of Gen. George G. Meade whom he portrays in a “first person” style living-history performance. Active with the Philadelphia Consortium for Civil War History, he is part of the group seeking to promote the Civil War History of the city; and the foundation of the new Civil War & Underground Railroad Museum of Philadelphia, for which he serves on the Advisory Board. He is a charter member of the Philadelphia Civil War History Consortium. He was elected to membership in the Union League of Philadelphia in 2003. He is an active participant and founding member in the “Civil War & Emancipation Studies program” at Temple University, a part of CHAT (Center for the Humanities at Temple ).

Coming up in June at the HSF is a the Antiques Appraisal Fair on June 7th and a program on Historical Flags and Banners on June 9th.

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Papers Read Before the Frankford Historical Society

Papers Read Before the Historical Society of Frankford Cover

Again Joe Menkevich brings us a treasure trove of archival goodness.  He found an archive of a book entitled Papers Read Before the Historical Society of Frankford.  I cannot even take it all in.  The pdf is 460 pages consisting of 7 issues, each issue containing multiple stories.  They really run the gambit talking about slaves settling in Frankford, prominent business men, a lot of civil war type stuff.  It’s just too juicy.  If you find anything cool, leave us a report in the comments.  It is rediculous how much history is in Frankford.

[PDF] Papers Read Before the Historical Society of Frankford

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Historical Society of Frankford

The Historical Society of Frankford has given us a preview of their upcoming events for the remainder of this year. They are now posted below on our calendar. Just go down to the calendar and click on the Agenda tab. Then tab through the months. All events will display. Click on any for the Historical Society and a description will pop up. Take a look at the program for October 12th. That one is sure to be a sell out.