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With Nina Coffin, Supervisor, Newspaper Center, Free Library of Philadelphia

Tour, via Zoom, the pages of the hyper-local newspapers for East Falls, Roxborough and Manayunk.  Since about 1870, our part of Northwest Philadelphia has been well-represented in newsprint. These historic newspapers offer fascinating insight into venerable institutions, local businesses and schools. You may recognize names and addresses from the advertising pages.  

You will also learn about newspaper collections held by the Free Library of Philadelphia and how to access the resources of the Newspapers & Microfilm Center at the Parkway Central Library. Many of these unique materials are not available in digital form or original newsprint.

Coffin holds a MA in Public History from La Salle University.  Before becoming Supervisor of the Newspaper and Microfilm Center in 2022, she held librarian positions at West Oak Lane Library and the Social Science & History Department of FLP, Springside School, and Historic Germantown. She has also served as President of the Friends of the Falls of Schuylkill Library.  

The zoom link will be mailed to EFHS members and also posted on the EFHS website the day before the program: www.eastfallshistoricalsociety.org. Questions? Email eastfallshistory@gmail.com.


March 13: “Ladies of the Street” with Tom Keels

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Coming this spring: A Walking Tour of The Oak Road

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A Presidents’ Month anecdote: no Falls monument for a slain president

In the February issue of East Falls NOW, read about the futile campaign to fund a monument in East Falls to slain President McKinley.


The January news from way back:  seems that not much has changed

The January issue of East Falls NOW recounts newspaper items from Januaries past.


East Falls Historical Society has recorded more than 60 oral histories! Here are the latest:

Freda Gowling shares her memories of the neighborhood, especially focusing on her involvement with both Old Academy Players and Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Gus Krebs and Tony DiStefano grew up together in East Falls. Tony describes growing up at the “Lower End” of East Falls on Allegheny Avenue, with his memories of St. Bridget School and Church. Gus recalled playing in East Falls with his friends in the late 1940s – with some mischief involved, schooling at St. Bridget, and, later, volunteering for the church and the Franciscans.


Mt. Vernon Cemetery Tour

On April 15, 2023, historian Brandon Zimmerman led a walking tour of Historic Mount Vernon Cemetery. He and an intrepid crew of volunteers are restoring this long-neglected historic cemetery. Click here to learn more and see our pictures of this strange and fascinating place


Chadwick Papers Index online!

Adapted from The Chadwick Papers Index by Katy Hineline, 1991. Click here to open in a new tab.


Visit the Grace Kelly Gallery at NewCourtland!
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East Falls Family Dentistry 
F.X. Duffy & Co. 
Hyde Electric Corp.   
Laurel Hill Cemeteries  
Eugene Mattioni, Esq.  
McIlvaine Funeral Home 
Old Academy Players
William Ross III  

John Calvitti Co.
Saint James the Less School 
Joe Boyle Insurance Agency
Slices Pizza
Wee Care Child Care
Martin Tyler
Elfant Wissahickon

Ray Kaller and Sons Roofing