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Columns from East Falls NOW

East Falls Community Council publishes East Falls NOW  monthly, with columns by East Falls Historical Society. Click on the year in the Table of Contents to see all columns for that year.


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2019
May 2019: Colonial to neo-gothic and post-modern – East Falls has it all
August 2019: 1920: A parade for John B. Kelly; Today, Inn Yard Park
September 2019: A remembrance – Growing up in East Falls
October 2019: Friends Mourn Death of Ken Hinde
December 2019: The Lower End – hard to recognize today 

2020
January 2020:  Historical Society – a great volunteer opportunity
February 2020:  Growing up in EF – a neighborhood of small businesses
March 2020: March: Women’s History Month
April 2020: Remembering Gene London in East Falls  
May 2020: History of “Ken-Crest” Site Revealed
June 2020:  Powers & Weightman: A Vanished East Falls Industry
July 2020:  East Falls in the 50s: A summer day’s reminiscence 
August 2020: Baseball in East Falls, then and now
September 2020:  From Civil War blankets to apartments: The saga of Dobson Mills
October 2020: The workers remember Dobson Mills
November 2020: East Falls Street Names – Where did they come from?
December 2020:  What’s in a name? Our East Falls streets know!

2021
January 2021: EF Historical Society solves mystery of ‘Daisy Quilt’
February 2021: The Falls Bridge: Past and Future
March 2021:  A “Glow In The Dark” – Gas Street Lamps in East Falls
April 2021:  Abbottsford Homes: From a Dobson estate to an East Falls community
May 2021:  Abbottsford Homes: A rich and evolving neighborhood
June 2021:  Weddings in East Falls: Glimpses of the past
July 2021: The West Falls Bridge and Anthracite
August 2021:  A New Acquisition
September 2021:  Returning style to two East Falls homes
October 2021:  The Onetime Garden Spot at 3515 Midvale
November 2021:  Taking a do-it-yourself walking tour through the oldest parts of East Falls
December 2021:  Memories of Christmas in East Falls

2022
January 2022:  With leaves down, now’s the best time to see French and Spanish styles in EF
March 2022:  Yes, George Washington did sleep here
April 2022: Hearty carriage house survivor remains on School House Ln.
May 2022:  Street names reflect history of East Falls
June 2022: Here’s a ‘fish story’ from the EFHS — complete with cornmeal and metal
July 2022: Who knew? New bricks reveal East Falls’ past
August 2022:   A kid’s view of summer in East Falls, circa 1950’s
September 2022:  EFHS shares remembrances on Old Academy’s 100th year
October 2022: A Chance to See Two Modernist Gems in East Falls
November 2022:  East Falls residents recall Grace Kelly
December 2022:  Historic Designation in Philadelphia: Meaning and Myths

2023
January 2023: East falls ‘pre-history’: our predecessors, the Lenape
February 2023: Getting the lay of Division St.
March 2023:   The Forgotten Kelly: Grace’s Uncle George
April 2023:   A digital walking tour of the East Falls Historical Society website
May 2023:   EFHS starts development of an online encyclopedia of East Falls history
June 2023:  Ridge Ave.: History and architecture
July 2023:   East Falls played an historic role in development of early rail lines
August  2023:  Family, Dobson Mills, and baseball: An East Falls saga.  Part One
September 2023: Dobson Mills: A Great Name In Woolens – And Baseball, Too
October 2023: East Falls in the 1930’s — a newly discovered series of visual memories in a whimsical and different way of recording history
November 2023: 110 years old  — origins and architecture of Falls of Schuylkill Library
December 2023: John Dobson built a legacy in East Falls – with his mills and real estate

2024
January 2024: The January news from way back:  seems that not much has changed
February 2024: A Presidents’ Month anecdote: no Falls monument for a slain president
March 2024: Remembered in Women’s History Month: Elizabeth Fleisher, East Falls architect
April 2024: Historical Society offers walking tour of The Oak Road
April 2024: Highlighting the ‘East Falls’ in Jefferson-East Falls
May 2024: Elizabeth Sorber was the very busy midwife of the Falls of Schuylkill
June 2024: The Bathey Bath House of East Falls – long before air conditioning