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Explore Freedom's Backyard

Historic Germantown is a partnership of 16 extraordinary historic houses, destinations, and museums in Northwest Philadelphia that have joined together to protect, preserve, and share some of Philadelphia's prized historical assets. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and  Instagram.

Featured Program
Elephants on the Avenue

Elephants on the Avenue

Workshop Series

Next workshop:
November 12, 2016
Coded Language: Bookmaking with Artist Diane Pieri

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Read more about Elephants on the Avenue; Race, Class & Community in Historic Germantown

#HGElephants is the official hashtag for the Elephants on the Avenue project

“When there’s an elephant in the room, introduce him” – Randy Pausch

Featured Event
Historic Germantown Film Screening

Historic Germantown Film Screening

Thursday, November 10, 6pm - FREE!
5501 Germantown Ave.

Scribe Video Center and Historic Germantown are proud to present a screening of videos commissioned to capture and interpret the stories of organizations and individuals in Philadelphia - using the themes of cultural memory, recovered histories, preservation, and community space. The videos were made in the context of two Scribe projects: The Great Migration: A City Transformed (1916 -1930), and Precious Places. 2016 marks 100 years since the beginning of the first Great Migration to Philadelphia—the mass movement that brought many African-American families to the Philadelphia region at the start of World War One. Precious Places can be found in every neighborhood - just waiting for you to become a film-maker too.

Featured Event
Ghosts of the Great Road

Ghosts of the Great Road

October 29, 2016
1:30am - 5:30pm

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The historic sites and buildings along Germantown Avenue (The Great Road) have many stories to tell. Grab your ghost hunting gear and join our period-dressed guide for an interactive ghost walk and live paranormal investigation of Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhood. What better guide to Germantown's haunted past than the spirit of undertaker, B. Frank Kirk, whose firm, Kirk and Nice, served Germantown residents into the 1990s. Mr. Kirk, played by long time Germantown tour guide Jim Crichton, draws upon historical accounts you can find for yourself in the archives of the Germantown Historical Society. Each tour features different spooky locations and eerie tales. Rain or shine.

Tour A. Departs from the Germantown Historical Society, 5501 Germantown Ave.
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Tour B. Departs from Upsala, 6430 Germantown Ave.
4:00pm - 5:30pm

Our Sponsors
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Philadelphia Cultural Fund Freeman’s Auctioneers & Appraisers Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission Ernst Brothers Sherwin-Williams PWP Video Hayden Real Estate Investments Samuel S. Fels Fund National Penn Bank Cheshire Law Group Bowman Properties Loretta Witt Kurtz Construction Company