This installation provides the opportunity to step into a view from the past, and test the viewer's knowledge of Philadelphia's varied neighborhoods. A gallery guide provides in-depth information on each image revealing details about the photographer, the neighborhood, and how that location has changed over time.
In 1872 a young man named Albert Schoenhut came to Philadelphia from Germany. His father and grandfather were toy makers and he came here to continue the family tradition. Albert started out making toy pianos and musical instruments and by the time he died in 1912 the company was the largest toy maker in the world and the only company that exported toys to Germany. Schoenhut died in 1912 and remains arguably the most famous American maker of wooden toys. The company itself ceased operations in 1935, when the Great Depression made toys an unaffordable luxury for most Americans. Albert's son, Otto, partnered with Stanley Osborn to start O. Schoenhut, Inc. The new company's 4-5-6 Pick Up Sticks toy became one of the first real fads in American toys and remained popular with adults and children for over 20 years. Highlights of this exhibit include one of Albert's most popular toys, the Humpty Dumpty Circus, along with dolls, pianos, a battleship and a submarine that explodes.
The first event of this project about displaced peoples now residing in the Phildelphia area will focus on people from the Arab world. It will feature readings by the Lebanese poet Nazem El Sayed; live music performed by Kinan Abou-afach, cellist, oud player, composer and a recipient of the prestigious Pew Fellowship from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage; documentary profiles of some displaced people living in the area and a presentation by the photgrapher Dave Tavani, as well as audience participation.
Join us for a conversation exploring why and how area women have taken the lead in historic preservation and interpretation from house museums to Independence Hall and in the process saved women's history.