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Northeast Philadelphia Hall of Fame

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Historical Society of Frankford presents Northeast Philadelphia Hall of Fame

Philadelphia, PA – The Historical Society of Frankford, in partnership with Holy Family University, the Northeast Times, and State Representative Dennis M. O’Brien, announces the selection of the inaugural inductees for the new Northeast Philadelphia Hall of Fame. The inductees – four historical figures, three living individuals, and one organization – will be honored at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday, October 18, 2009, 1:00 PM at Holy Family University. Their identities will be announced in September.

The Hall of Fame Selection Committee, chaired by Sister Francesca Onley, President of Holy Family University, solicited nominations from the public through mail-in ballots and emails.  The committee – a ten-member panel of experts with backgrounds in Northeast Philadelphia history, education, government, politics, business, and civic life – researched and reviewed the nominations, and selected the eight inductees.

The goal of the Hall of Fame is to foster civic values and a sense of community in Northeast Philadelphia, and develop a greater awareness and appreciation of the area’s rich history by honoring the lives and accomplishments of its most distinguished citizens.

Plans for a Northeast Philadelphia Hall of Fame were initiated in 2008, leading to its sponsorship by the Historical Society of Frankford, in partnership with Holy Family University, the Northeast Times, and State Representative Dennis M. O’Brien. The Northeast Philadelphia Hall of Fame will honor those Northeast Philadelphia residents, past and present, whose lives have been marked by high achievement or who have had lasting, significant, and positive impact on Northeast Philadelphia.


Jack McCarthy, Project Director                                                          215-824-1636

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Preserving the Legacy of Frankford

historical societyYesterday, Plan Philly posted a great piece on Frankford and the issue of the preservation of  our historical heritage.  This includes not only the records, documents and artifacts but also buildings and structures.  The article went on to talk about how the Historical Society of Frankford is meeting this challenge during these tough economic times.

The article was very complimentary in terms of what is being done by the Historical Society and talked about our rich historical past.  Follow the link and give it a look. is a project of PennPraxis, the clinical arm of the School of Design of the University of Pennsylvania. Praxis, in partnership with the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Center for School Study Councils designed and produced the award-winning 2003 Penn’s Landing Forums and the 2005 Franklin Conference on School Design. In 2005 and 2006, Praxis partnered with the Philadelphia Daily News on Slots and the City, a series that investigated the potential physical implications of casinos on the City of Philadelphia.