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Apr 25 2016

Fact Sheet: Family Fun In Philadelphia

Historical Sites & Attractions:

  • Wannabe sailors can visit the nation’s most decorated battleship, the Battleship New Jersey, and take tours of the ship, ride the 4-D flight simulator, climb into the onboard helicopter and sleep in the sailors’ bunks as part of its award-winning Overnight Encampment program. 62 Battleship Place, Camden, (856) 966-1652, battleshipnewjersey.org
  • America’s most famous flag maker greets guests in her interactive 18th-century upholstery shop at the Betsy Ross House. Visitors learn about Betsy’s life and legend from the lady herself and Phillis the laundress, a historical re-enactor who portrays what life was like for
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Apr 12 2016

African-American Story In Historic Philadelphia

America’s Most Historic Square Mile Tells A Rich Story About Free Blacks, Enslaved Africans And African-Americans

Historic Philadelphia, the site of the original city and often called America’s most historic square mile, reveals early chapters in the nation’s history, including the challenges, injustices, accomplishments and contributions of Africans and African-Americans.

The African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church, which was founded in Philadelphia, celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2016. Taking place July 3-5, bicentennial events include a major gospel concert; a social justice forum; a tribute to Sarah Allen, the church’s founding mother; and an ecumenical worship service. Then congregants participate in the A.M.E. general conference, July 6-13 in Philadelphia, complete with an unveiling of the Bishop

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Mar 29 2016

Media Guide: DNC Destination Resource

For a PDF version of this DNC Destination Media Guide, click here.

WELCOME TO PHILADELPHIA!

Dear Media Friend,

Welcome to the birthplace of America!

We know you have many stories to file, and we hope this guide will help you cover and enjoy the destination itself. In this small but information-packed piece, we give you the scoop on:

  • Our city’s layout and how to get around
  • Must-dos for first-timers—and everyone
  • Sensational backdrops for your live shots
  • Ideas for where to take that morning run

Perhaps most importantly, we provide you with a list of people to contact if you

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Mar 23 2016

A Tale Of Two Host Cities: Philadelphia And Cleveland Put On 2016 Political Conventions

While presidential candidates are going head-to-head in heated discourse, the great American cities of Philadelphia and Cleveland are pushing political banter aside to ready themselves for the national spotlight as they host the Democratic National Convention (July 25-28) and Republican National Convention (July 18-21), respectively. Cleveland’s last political convention was the 1936 RNC; that same year, Philadelphia welcomed the DNC. The cities will be part of history again in 2016.

Both destinations have a loyal fan base; residents love their respective city’s arts and culture, history, music and food, and visitors clamor over much of the same. Here’s a look

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Mar 22 2016

Backgrounder: What's The Deal In Philly?

Background On Philadelphia’s History, Art & Culture, Food, Neighborhoods, Parks, LGBT Scene, Beer, Music Legacy, DNC Players & Ben Franklin Obsession

Philadelphia hosts the 2016 Democratic National Convention, July 25-28—and this city has stories to tell. VISIT PHILADELPHIA, the region’s official destination marketing organization, can provide interview subjects for morning shows, ties to other states, interesting convention stories, tours around town and other colorful locals who can speak about the below scenes in Philadelphia.

History:
Philadelphia provides a poignant backdrop for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. It is the birthplace of the United States and the country’s first and only World Heritage City.

Our Founding Fathers met, discussed, debated and formed a new country in Philadelphia. The two most important

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Mar 22 2016

Philadelphia's Vast Collection Of Historical Government Artifacts Wins Over Political Junkies

Ephemera Includes Cleveland’s Tumor & Ben Franklin’s “Rising Sun” Chair

Between the festive nominating sessions, motivating speeches and nighttime celebrations, delegates, party operatives, campaign staffers and volunteers for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, July 25-28, can discover items that document the history of politics and government in this country. As the birthplace of the nation and the country’s first and only World Heritage City, Philadelphia is home to institutions that work political artifacts into their missions and others that are planning special exhibitions especially for this occasion.

Campaign Memorabilia:

  • PoliticalFest brings political entertainment to the people—right in the birthplace of American democracy. Special performances, games and displays
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Mar 9 2016

AME Church Bicentennial Spotlights Philadelphia's Role In African-American History

Philadelphia’s African-American Experience Uncovers The City’s Important Contributions To The United States

The nation’s first and only World Heritage City, Philadelphia has played a significant role in the founding and formation of the United States, and the region’s African-American stories figure prominently in the country’s history.

The African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2016, and the festivities will take place April 7-10 and July 3-5 in Philadelphia, where the church was founded. Bicentennial events include a major gospel concert; a social justice forum; a tribute to Sarah Allen, the church’s founding mother; and an ecumenical worship service. This summer, congregants head to Philly for the AME general

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Dec 21 2015

10 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About The 2016 DNC Host City, Philadelphia

And Key Resources For Convention And Destination Stories

The 2016 Democratic National Convention will take place in Philadelphia, the birthplace of America and the country’s first World Heritage City, July 25-28, 2016. The city has enough history, art, culture, food, vibrant neighborhoods, parks and political landmarks to fill web, newspaper and magazine pages from now until the convention.

Here are 10 things people might not know about the host city, plus key resources for convention and destination coverage.

10 Philly Facts You (Probably) Don’t Know:

  1. One-quarter of the U.S. population lives within a five-hour drive of Philadelphia.
  2. The fast-growing Indego bike-share program launched in spring 2015 and
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Dec 15 2015

What's In The Old City Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Shops, Bars, Cafes, Galleries & Theaters In Historic Philadelphia’s Old City

Located just next to Independence Mall, where the country’s Founding Fathers declared liberty and built a free nation, Old City still boasts charming cobblestone streets and plenty of 18th-century charm—along with an independent streak that’s evident in everything from its owner-operated shops to its edgy art scene.

Its proximity to the Liberty Bell, Penn’s Landing and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge make Old City a favorite for out-of-towners as much as for the residents who call it home. People love the neighborhood for its fashionable boutiques, great restaurants, eclectic galleries, boundary-pushing theaters and vibrant nightlife. Especially popular are First

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Oct 9 2015

150 Years Since The 13th Amendment Passed: Historic Philadelphia's African-American Experience Is More Moving Than Ever

America’s Most Historic Square Mile Tells A Rich Story About Free Blacks, Enslaved Africans And African-Americans

Philadelphia reveals undertold chapters in the nation’s history, including the challenges, injustices, accomplishments and contributions of Africans and African-Americans during the United States’ early years. This year, the National Constitution Center commemorates the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery (the original document is on display) and the beginning of the Reconstruction Era.

Visitors to America’s “Most Historic Square Mile” can discover the more complete story of African-Americans at these moving sites:

Museums & Attractions:

  • The African American Museum in Philadelphia, founded in 1976, is the first institution built by a major U.S. city to preserve,
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Sep 30 2015

Bucks County: Bristol

Founded in 1681, the town of Bristol, Pennsylvania boasts a long and proud history. Located on the banks of the Delaware River, Bristol served an important role in both the Revolutionary and Civil wars, and at one time it was a major textile-milling center. The old-world influence still exists today, as evidenced by the town’s many antique shops, historic mansions and significant landmarks.

History:
Along the riverfront, several statues pay tribute to such icons as Christopher Columbus and Harriet Tubman. Two other important figures for the town: textile-milling tycoon Joseph R. Grundy and his sister and library advocate Margaret

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Sep 30 2015

Montgomery County: Jenkintown

One of the oldest boroughs in Montgomery County, Jenkintown brims with historical interest and secret finds. In this residential community, visitors find National Landmarks, an active art scene and shops and restaurants.

History:
Settled by William Jenkins in 1697, Jenkintown was incorporated in 1874. Among the quirkier holdovers from older days are the two fire companies founded in the 19th century. Both continue to serve the half-mile area today. Like many of the suburbs that surround Philadelphia, Jenkintown had its first heyday in the 19th and 20th centuries. A downtown revival in the 2000s, with the renovation of the

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Sep 30 2015

Montgomery County: Skippack

Quaint to its floorboards, Skippack embraces its historic appeal. Amid the covered bridge and old-fashioned lampposts, however, visitors find stylish gift stores and galleries and buzzing restaurants and bars that speak to a modern-day audience. With a mixture of European charm and hippie ease, this shopping-centric town has evolved through the years to become a popular tourist destination.

History:
Skippack’s origins date back to 1683, when German settlers overran Germantown and moved by boat up the Perkiomen Creek to a place where the shallow water prohibited farther travel. There they stayed and named the land “Schippach.” In 1795, Jacob

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Aug 19 2015

Montgomery County: Ardmore

As the largest and most diverse town on the ritzy Main Line stretch of suburbs, Ardmore has a distinctly double character: It’s residential yet urban, independent yet central, historic yet forward-facing. Even the community itself straddles two counties (Ardmore is seated in Montgomery County, while South Ardmore is in Delaware County). Add to that some of the area’s best shopping, dining and nightlife, and visiting Ardmore is a multidimensional experience.

History:
Once known as Athensville, the town was rechristened “Ardmore” by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1873. The railroad also lent the town its transportation hub, and gave the “Main

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Aug 14 2015

Montgomery County: Ambler

The definition of a small town, Ambler covers less than one square mile. Despite its diminutive size, it’s amazingly complete, with a host of shops, restaurants, bars and special events that keep the streets bustling. Unassuming and unpretentious, Ambler has retained an historic gentility and independent spirit that are the pride of this tightly knit community.

History:
Originally known as the Village of Wissahickon, Ambler was renamed in 1869 in honor of Mary Johnson Ambler, a Quaker resident who helped lead rescue efforts during the Great Train Wreck of 1856. The town served as a manufacturing hub in the

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Aug 3 2015

Philadelphia County: Mt. Airy

Sometimes a name so perfectly defines a neighborhood that it creates a pretty accurate mental image. That’s Mt. Airy. Gently rising from the banks of the Wissahickon Creek, Mt. Airy, which is only 20 minutes from Center City, combines dense leafy park land, miles of multi-use trails, tree-lined streets and a historic cobblestoned business corridor that attracts aspiring entrepreneurs.

Mt. Airy’s varied architecture recounts its historic roots. Structures dating back to the 18th century sit alongside Victorian and 20th-century homes. The community’s Quaker roots might be one reason that Mt. Airy became a model of successful integration early

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Jul 28 2015

Chester County: West Chester

Home to West Chester University, this quaint town in the Brandywine Valley exudes an energetic, young vibe. In the bustling downtown area, casual eateries and food-centric events satiate hungry palates, and throngs of charming shops line the streets.

History:
As Chester County’s county seat, West Chester has a strong political history. The first biography of Abraham Lincoln, which was instrumental in his eventual election to the presidency, was published in The Lincoln Building on West Market Street in 1860. Downtown West Chester has since been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and recognized as a Distinctive Destination

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Jul 22 2015

Many Of Philly's Top Sites Say "Hola" To Spanish-Speaking Visitors

Region’s Cultural & Historical Attractions Offer Programming, Tours & Guides In Spanish

Spanish-speaking visitors to Philadelphia can feel truly welcomed at many of the region’s tourist attractions, thanks to a wealth of bilingual docents, translated audio guides and multilingual written materials. Each year, more than one million domestic visitors to Greater Philadelphia are of Hispanic origin. Because of this influx, the region’s historical and cultural sites are busy making accommodations so that their Spanish-speaking guests don’t have to miss out on a thing.

Before, during and even after their visits, travelers can stay updated on the region’s Latino culture by following @PhillyTeAma on Twitter.

Historical Interpretation:

  • The best place to start
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Jul 14 2015

Chester County: Phoenixville

At the intersection of the Schuylkill River and French Creek, Phoenixville blends historic charm with a modern mindset. Originally known as Manavon, it adopted its current name in 1849; at the time, the town’s biggest employer was the Phoenix Iron Company, a major manufacturer of nails, rails, structural steel and weapons. Today, Phoenixville boasts an artsy, low-key vibe that attracts visitors craving a relaxing day with a creative twist.

History:
Occupying the former Phoenix Iron Company Foundry building, the Schuylkill River Heritage Center offers a multimedia glimpse in to the industrial history of the Chester County and the Schuylkill

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Jul 14 2015

Chester County: Kennett Square

Dubbed the Mushroom Capital of the World, Kennett Square sits in the heart of the lush Brandywine Valley. In the center of town, locals gather to shop and dine, while further out, the surrounding farms produce roughly 60% of the country’s mushrooms, earning the area its well-deserved nickname.

History:
Originally occupied by Lenape Native Americans, the area known as Kennett Square served an important role in the nation’s history. British soldiers camped here during the Revolutionary War, the town served as a military encampment during the War of 1812 and many prominent Kennett Square citizens helped slaves escape as

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