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History Book Festival
May 15 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
A young woman is walking along a plank near a beach hut as another reads a book and the children play in the sand. Chromolithograph after John Leech, 1865. Courtesy of the Wellcome Collection.
The Historic Gloria Dei Preservation Corporation invites lovers of Philadelphia area history to attend its first-ever History Book Festival Sunday, May 15, at 916 S. Swanson Street (Columbus Blvd. & Christian St.), Philadelphia. Authors of both non-fiction and fiction for adults and children will be on site to meet with readers and discuss their books. A full afternoon of activities is planned.
The Festival will take place at historic Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available. Attendance is free. Both children and adults are welcome. It will be held rain or shine and will move indoors in bad weather.
Schedule of Events
The Church and graveyard will open for visitation throughout the day. Snacks and beverages will be available for sale inside Riverside Hall.
|1:00pm||Gates open; authors at tables for meet and greets.|
|1:30pm||Guided tour of Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church with historian Jeanette Woehr.|
|2:00pm||Book reading by Pat Jeanne Davis, author of When Valleys Bloom Again.|
|2:15pm||Interview with Natalie Pompilio, author of This Used to Be Philadelphia and Walking Philadelphia.|
|2:30pm||Book reading with Lynn Miller, author of Salut! France Meets Philadelphia and City in a Park: A History of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park System.|
|2:45pm||Interview with Jim Murphy, author of Real Philly History, Real Fast.|
|3:00pm||Book reading with Cordelia Frances Biddle, author of Biddle, Jackson, And A Nation In Turmoil.|
|3:15pm||Interview with Jeff Finegan, author of the “I Knew George Washington” book series.|
|3:30pm||Book reading with Jennifer L. Green, author of Dark History of Penn’s Woods.|
|3:45pm||Interview with Harry Kyriakodis, author of Philadelphia’s Lost Waterfront and Northern Liberties: The Story of a Philadelphia River Ward.|
|4:00pm||Interview with Joel Spivak, author of Underground Philadelphia, Philadelphia Trolleys and Philadelphia Railroads.|
|4:15pm||Interview with David Schwartz, author of A VIP Day at Independence Park.|
|4:30pm||Interview with Hal Taylor, author of The Illustrated Delaware River: The History of a Great American River and Before Penn: An Illustrated History of the Delaware River Colonies, 1609-1682.|
|4:45pm||Interview with David S. Traub, author of Philadelphia City of Homes, Searching for Philadelphia: The Concealed City and Discovering Philadelphia: Places Little Known.|
|5:00pm||Interview with Joseph Minardi, author of Historic Architecture in Northwest Philadelphia: 1690 to 1930s and City of Neighborhoods: Philadelphia, 1890–1910.|
|5:15pm||Interview with Michael Schreiber, author of Unsinkable Patriot: The Life and Times of Thomas Cave in Revolutionary America.|
|5:30pm||Guided tour of Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church with historian Jeanette Woehr.|