Unique Histories

Scribe Video Center’s Precious Places Community History Project airs every Sunday on TV12 at 11:30pm.  The documentaries this week look at the unique histories of three area communities, and how their past defines their present.

Parkside: A Camden Neighborhood by Jewish Camden Partnership and The Parkside Business and Community.  Two groups inhabited this community over the past century.  In the first half of the 20th century a thriving Jewish community inhabited Parkside.  Since the 1960s, this community has been predominantly African American.

Putting the “Nice” Back in “the Town” by Nicetown CDC. Built in the early 18thCentury, the Stenton Mansion on North 18thStreet was once the home of James Logan, an early Pennsylvania governor, and Dinah, an enslaved African woman. Neighborhood residents recount the story of Dinah saving the house from fire as metaphor for today’s challenge to rejuvenate Nicetown.

The Things that Put Powelton on the Map by Powelton Village Civic Association. A series of conversations with longtime Powelton residents explores the history of this unique West Philadelphia neighborhood, which has long been an incubator for social activism and a center of progressive city politics.

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