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Through storytelling and interviews, we will explore events in Philadelphia's early history and how these tales still resonate today.

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Through storytelling and interviews, we will explore events in Philadelphia's early history and how these tales still resonate today.

    The Perils of the Sea [Lecture + Q&A]

    The Perils of the Sea [Lecture + Q&A]

    In this episode, historian and journalist Michael Schreiber shares his research into the lives and deaths of Philadelphia sea captains in the age of sail who were overcome by great hurricanes, succumbed to attacks by pirates, or who mysteriously disappeared in faraway waters.

    Ask Us Anything [Bonus]

    Ask Us Anything [Bonus]

    In this bonus episode, Rev. Dr. Kim-Eric Williams, Jeanette Woehr, Michael Schreiber and Amy Grant answer questions about the New Sweden Colony, Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church and Early Philadelphia.

    Philadelphia’s Early Maritime History [Lecture + Q&A]

    Philadelphia’s Early Maritime History [Lecture + Q&A]

    In this episode, researcher and journalist Michael Schreiber describes the period when Philadelphia’s port was the largest in North America. He also discusses the situation of Black seamen, as well as women, who went to sea.

    The Carpenters’ Company and Religious Buildings in Old Philadelphia

    The Carpenters’ Company and Religious Buildings in Old Philadelphia

    In this episode, Alex Palma, Assistant Director of Carpenters’ Hall, shares the history behind America’s oldest trade guild — the Carpenters’ Company — and its impact on Philadelphia’s religious architectural landscape.

    The Confinement of John Herriges

    The Confinement of John Herriges

    In this episode, psychologist and author, Dr. Paul Grant, recounts a scandalous event in 19th century Philadelphia involving the confinement of an individual who suffered from mental health challenges.

    A Raging Fever Killed Thousands in 1790s Philadelphia

    A Raging Fever Killed Thousands in 1790s Philadelphia

    In this episode, author and historian Michael Schreiber tells us about a mysterious killer — yellow fever — which ravaged Philadelphia and its adjacent suburbs in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

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