History Stories

The Perils of the Sea [Lecture + Q&A]

In this episode, historian and journalist Michael Schreiber shares his research into the lives and deaths of Philadelphia sea captains in the age of sail who were overcome by great hurricanes, succumbed to attacks by pirates, or who mysteriously disappeared in faraway waters.

Spring 2021

The Stewarts of Carpenters’ Hall

In this issue of Founders Magazine, author Jim Murphy tells us the story of William Penn. As a man of his time, he had a vision for the perfect society with best intentions for achieving that vision. Yet as we read on, we learn it was a flawed execution from a person who supported slavery.

James Suplee

In Memory of James B. Suplee Son of Solomon & Rebecca Suplee was born April the 26th 1799 and died August the 4 1801 aged 2 years 3 months & […]

Adam Duey

Marker is missing Adam Duey Died March y 4 1761 aged 35 and his wife 4 children

John Paxson

John Paxson was buried in the Gloria Dei Memorial Garden

Raymond Grinnell and Deborah DiStefano

GRINNELLRAYMOND J. SR., Sept. 18, 2013. Beloved father of Christina Grinnell, Deborah Lynch (John) and Raymond J. Jr.; loving grandfather of 2 grandsons; also survived by 2 brothers and 3 […]

David Goltra

David Goltra Sr was a retired English teacher in the Philadelphia School District and former beekeeper at a community garden in Queen Village. He died at age 74 in 2007. […]

Richard Drozdowski

DROZDOWSKIRICHARD P.Oct. 25, 2019 age 79. Devoted husband of Lillian (nee Huet); devoted step-father of Carol Kapovic (Bobby) and loving and devoted Pop Pop of Jill Valvo (Joseph) Stephanie Kapovic […]

Ask Us Anything [Bonus]

In this bonus episode, Rev. Dr. Kim-Eric Williams, Jeanette Woehr, Michael Schreiber and Amy Grant answer questions about the New Sweden Colony, Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church and Early Philadelphia.

The Life and Times of Olof Stille

In this issue of Founders Magazine, author Jim Murphy tells us the story of William Penn. As a man of his time, he had a vision for the perfect society with best intentions for achieving that vision. Yet as we read on, we learn it was a flawed execution from a person who supported slavery.

Philadelphia’s Early Maritime History [Lecture + Q&A]

In this episode, researcher and journalist Michael Schreiber describes the period when Philadelphia’s port was the largest in North America. He also discusses the situation of Black seamen, as well as women, who went to sea.

William Penn

The Amazing Success of William Penn

In this issue of Founders Magazine, author Jim Murphy tells us the story of William Penn. As a man of his time, he had a vision for the perfect society with best intentions for achieving that vision. Yet as we read on, we learn it was a flawed execution from a person who supported slavery.

John Herriges

The Confinement of John Herriges

In this episode, psychologist and author, Dr. Paul Grant, recounts a scandalous event in 19th century Philadelphia involving the confinement of an individual who suffered from mental health challenges.

Lost at Sea

Lost at Sea

In the Summer 2020 issue of FOUNDERS Magazine, we explore the mysterious disappearance of the SS Poet, which was lost at sea on Oct. 24, 1980.

The Perils of the Sea

In this issue of FOUNDERS, we continue the stories of our mariners and pirates, and the role of Philadelphia as a major seaport through most of the 18th century up to […]

Jake and Betsy Roak

Jake and Betsy Roak were married 56 years. They died within 2 days of each other. They lived their lives fully and inspired in the service of others. Together they advanced a family legacy.