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Next Week in Frankford

  • Baseball and Softball Registration
    When-Tue, March 10, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
    Where-St. Joachim Church’s Pope John Paul II Room (map)
    Description-The Deni Playground Advisory Council will be holding Baseball and Softball Registration on Friday, March 7th and Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at St. Joachim Church’s Pope John Paul II Room from 6 – 7:30 pm. The in-house coed baseball league for ages 8-10 and the in-house coed t-ball team for ages 5-8 will cost $15. The 11-12 girl’s softball traveling team and an 11-12 and 13-14 boys baseball team will cost $30 a child. The 3rd child in a family will be free. The travel teams will be playing in the Northeast Peanut League. The cut-off date for the child’s age for traveling baseball is May 1st; girl’s softball is January 1st. All travel players are required to have a copy of their birth certificate. The Deni Baseball/Softball season will start at the end of March and run till the end of June.
  • Historical Society of Frankford program
    When-Tue, March 10, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
    Where-1507 Orthodox St., Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description-The Women’s Club of Frankford: 100 Year Legacy” presented by Patricia G. Coyne and Betty S. Coyne.
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Black History in Historic Frankford

This week in the Northeast Times is the second part in a 3 part series byDr. Harry C. Silcox and Jack McCarthy.  It still reads like a good novel.  Because it is an regular column, you have to scroll down the page to find it.  This is the link.

Also this week is a feature story on Harry Silcox to go along with the series.  Read that one here.

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Black History in Historic Frankford

Dr. Harry C. Silcox and Jack McCarthy have another facinating history in this week’s Northeast Times.  I had some inkling of this story since I spent my first few years down on Plum and Wilmot Streets but they explain how all this developed.  Read it all here.  You have to roll down quite a bit since the Times online did not give them their own page.

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1929 Ward 23 Google Maps Overlay

Surfing over at, I came across a post arguing where Convention Hall was located at Broad and Allegheny.  A poster referenced the Greater Philadelphia Geo History Network website.  They have as their “crown jewel” an Interactive Map Viewer with overlays of historic maps.  Very cool I must say.  Now most of the maps have old timey maps of Frankford, but they have a 1929 map of the 23rd and 41st ward with the house owners for the larger mansions and factory names written on it.  Tons of insight for the history buff.  This is filthy cool.  I could spend hours meandering through those maps.  Joe Menk, you should be all over this.  If anyone notes anything cool( like Overington Park still looking like an estate), post it in the comments.