Preserving and Presenting
the History of Northeast
Philadelphia since 1905
   Historical Society of Frankford
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Historical Society of Frankford
1507 Orthodox Street
Philadelphia, PA 19124

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Saturday, July 18, 2015
Fred Maurer presenting to group As part of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford (TTF) Watershed Partnership’s “Trails Through Time” series, local author and historian Fred Maurer presented a history of Whitaker Mill in Tacony Creek Park at the Historical Society of Frankford on Saturday evening, July 18th. With photographs, newspaper articles, and an engaging slide presentation, Fred shared the evolution of Henry Whitaker’s textile mill, built in 1813 at Cedar Grove along Tacony Creek.Those in the audience, many of whom live in the area adjacent to the original mill, enjoyed refreshments and the opportunity to view some of the Historical Society of Frankford’s items related to the Mill.

Fred Maurer   newspaper article
The TTF Watershed Partnership, located in the repurposed Globe Dye Works at 4500 Worth Street in Frankford, shared maps and information on their ongoing efforts to improve the health and vitality of the watershed neighborhood by engaging communities in education, stewardship, restoration, and advocacy.

For more information: Whitaker Mill articles and artifacts along Tacony Creek

Frankford Gazette article about this event.

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IMAGINING FRANKFORD: Mural Arts Project at Society
Sunday afternoon, January 29, 2012
Several dozen true Frankfordians came by the Historical Society of Frankford to share their stories about this area. Some grew up here. Some had parents, grandparents, and great grandparents who grew up here. Others were “newcomers” — having moved here as adults and only spending 30 years in Frankford. Others grew up here and moved away — but retained strong ties to this community. What they all had in common was they loved Frankford. They felt strongly enough to give up their Sunday afternoon to share their reflections and be videotaped by the Mural Arts Project.

Woman looking at historical book The Mural Arts Project is developing a series of murals along Frankford Avenue that will explore the past achievements, present developments, and promising future of Philadelphia’s Frankford area. Residents were invited to collaborate in the creation of these murals and inspire the artist by sharing their experiences, stories, memories, hopes and dreams for Frankford and record them on video.

Muralist Cesar Viveros led each through a series of questions — including “if you only had one word to describe Frankford — what would it be?” Folks rose to the challenge — and an inspiring picture of this area emerged.

For information, contact Netanel Portier, Mural Arts Project Manager, 727-29 Mt Vernon St, Phila, PA 19130. Or you can call 215-685-0725 (office), 856-906-0078 (cell).

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September 14, 2011
— by Gil
It was a busy day yesterday and I thought about passing up the Historical Society of Frankford meeting but decided to go anyway and see what was on the agenda. I knew there would be a video of Howard Barnes who was the former curator of the society. He lived on Penn Street only a block from us and I have his autographed book so I thought I had heard it all. The video ran over an hour but it was fascinating to hear this guy go on about the history of Frankford which he clearly had spent a long time researching.

Jim Young, new president Jim Young made his first appearance as the incoming President of the society since the departure of Paul Andell in June. Jim spoke about some of the initiatives that the society will be taking on in the future. Volunteers are always welcome and much needed. I noted some new members sign up last night which is really the most valuable resource of this organization.

Before I left I met with Debbie Klak who has been following a discussion on the Gazette about the Overington mansion. She dug up some clippings from the scrap books that the society has in its collection. As time goes on those scrap books are golden with their treasure trove of information. Posted below are some pictures of the meeting and also those clippings that may further illuminate the fate of the Overington mansion.

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