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September 2019

Underground Philadelphia: From Caves and Canals to Tunnels and Transit

September 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church, 916 S Swanson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
Free 19 spots left
Underground Philadelphia

Philadelphia's relationship with the underground is as old as the city itself, dating back to when Quaker settlers resided in caves alongside the Delaware River more than three hundred years ago. The City of Brotherly Love later became a national and world leader in the delivery of water, gas, steam, and electricity during the industrial age. The construction of multiple subway lines within Center City took place during the early twentieth century. An intricate subsurface pedestrian concourse was also developed throughout the downtown area for the city's inhabitants. From Thirtieth Street Station and Reading Terminal to the Commuter Rail Tunnel and transit lines that were never built, Philadelphia's infrastructure history is buried under the earth as much as above. Join authors Harry Kyriakodis and Joel Spivak as they reveal the curious aspects of the Quaker City's underground experience.

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Jazz & Joe

September 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church, 916 S Swanson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States

The Alan Segal Quartet brings the finest samplings of Philadelphia Style Jazz to Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church the fourth Thursday of the month from 7:30 to 9:30pm.

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October 2019

Digitizing the Records of Philadelphia’s Historic Congregations

October 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church, 916 S Swanson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
Free 124 spots left
Philadelphia

Carol W. Smith will provide an overview of an exciting project which brings together the records of 11 of Philadelphia's oldest congregations including Gloria Dei in one unified website.

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November 2019

Rocks and Nails: The Carpenters’ Company and Religious Buildings in Old Philadelphia

November 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church, 916 S Swanson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
Free 123 spots left
Carpenters' Company

Guest lecturer Alex Palma will discuss the Carpenters’ Company as an institution, trade guild and professional organization that helped build the religious landscape of colonial and early federal Philadelphia.

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January 2020

William Penn Meant Well, or, Blame It on the Irish

January 22, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church, 916 S Swanson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
Free 125 spots left

Jim Mundy, Historian of The Legacy Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia, will explore the political and social history of the city before the war, and the creation of the Union League as a patriotic social society during the war.

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