Through storytelling and interviews, we look into Philadelphia’s early history and explore how the past relates to what’s happening in the city today.

The Music of 1700 [Concert + Lecture]

In this episode, musician Maria Dell’Orefice tells us about the music enjoyed when Philadelphia’s Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church completed construction in 1700. Maria performs music of the time and provides background commentary about the individual pieces.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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