Events and Programs

The Historic Gloria Dei Preservation Corporation sponsors lectures, panel discussions, concerts and other programs every year. Here are videos from some of our recent events.

Preserving Philadelphia

Marco Federico discusses the restoration of Benjamin Franklin’s gravestone, repairing the Presbyterian Historical Society terracotta statues, and restoring Old Pine Church’s cast iron fence. Please leave this field empty Subscribe to Our Newsletter We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info. Check your inbox or spam folder to confirm your subscription.

The Perils of the Sea

Michael Schreiber describes 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. Please leave this field empty Subscribe to Our Newsletter We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info. Check your inbox or spam folder to […]

Ask Us Anything

During this virtual Q&A, historians, researchers and archivists answered questions about the New Sweden Colony, Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church and Early Philadelphia. Please leave this field empty Subscribe to Our Newsletter We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info. Check your inbox or spam folder to confirm your subscription.

Philadelphia’s Early Maritime History

Michael Schreiber describes the period when the port of Philadelphia was the largest in North America, and over a hundred ocean-going sailing ships could be seen in the Delaware River on any given day. Please leave this field empty Subscribe to Our Newsletter We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info. Check your […]

A New Art With Us: Music in Colonial Philadelphia

Jack McCarthy traces the development of music in Philadelphia from early European settlement to the Revolutionary War, a period in which the city’s musical landscape went from barren to flourishing. Please leave this field empty Subscribe to Our Newsletter We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info. Check your inbox or spam folder […]

William Penn

The Amazing Success of Philly’s William Penn

Author and tour guide Jim Murphy discusses what Philly was really like when William Penn got here in 1682 … and how he turned a ‘howling wilderness’ into America’s fastest growing city.” Please leave this field empty Subscribe to Our Newsletter We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info. Check your inbox or […]

How Philly Neighborhoods Killed the Crosstown Expressway

A diverse group of neighborhood activists in the late ’60s and early ’70s stopped the Crosstown Expressway in its tracks and kept the South Street area from being destroyed by an 8-lane, block-wide depressed highway. Please leave this field empty Subscribe to Our Newsletter We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info. Check […]

Personal Memories of Fabric Row

Personal Memories of Fabric Row

On April 20, 2017, the Historic Gloria Dei Preservation Corporation and Queen Village Neighbors Association hosted a panel discussion called “Personal Memories of Fabric Row.” The event featured several long-timers who lived and worked in “The Jewish Quarter.”

Unsinkable Patriot: the Life and Times of Thomas Cave

History sleuth Michael Schreiber shares the story behind his recent book, “Unsinkable Patriot: The Life and Times of Thomas Cave in Revolutionary America.” Please leave this field empty Subscribe to Our Newsletter We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info. Check your inbox or spam folder to confirm your subscription.

4th Annual Spirits & History

At our 4th Annual Spirits & History, guests enjoyed delectable treats by chefs Reuben Asaram and Cory Powell, stories about some of the artists buried here, and wonderful jazz music courtesy of The Jazz Sanctuary

FILAMENT Performs " Sonata Opus 1 no. 6 in D minor"

FILAMENT is a chamber ensemble, formed in 2019, of Philadelphia-based period-instrument soloists. Please leave this field empty Subscribe to Our Newsletter We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info. Check your inbox or spam folder to confirm your subscription.

Colonial Day at Old Swedes Church

On May 2, 2015, Old Swedes Church brought back Colonial Day, an event that was highly popular in the 1930s and 40s. In this re-imagining, we celebrated our Swedish and American Colonial history. Please leave this field empty Subscribe to Our Newsletter We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info. Check your inbox […]

FILAMENT Performs "Ciaccona"

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General History and Education

Jeanette Woehr

Why Gloria Dei is Special

Church historian Jeanette Woehr shares her personal journey with Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church and explains why this property is worthy of preservation.

The First Gloria Dei

This the story behind the very first Gloria Dei Church, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Please leave this field empty Subscribe to Our Newsletter We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info. Check your inbox or spam folder to confirm your subscription.

Dogwoods blooming

Spring at Gloria Dei

There is beauty to be found at Gloria Dei. This video features our churchyard in early spring of 2020. Many thanks to Matt Johanning for creating this. Please leave this field empty Subscribe to Our Newsletter We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info. Check your inbox or spam folder to confirm your […]

Live Music

The Jazz Sanctuary 500th Event

Pre-COVID-19, The Jazz Sanctuary celebrated their 500th Event and created a 45-minute video compilation featuring 8 songs. Please leave this field empty Subscribe to Our Newsletter We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info. Check your inbox or spam folder to confirm your subscription.

The Jazz Sanctuary Live

During the pandemic, the Jazz Sanctuary created a series of videos in a studio to replicate the live performance experience. Please leave this field empty Subscribe to Our Newsletter We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info. Check your inbox or spam folder to confirm your subscription.

The Great American Songbook

The Jazz Sanctuary has created a video to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month. It features vocalist Paula Johns and Lynn Riley on the alto sax. Please leave this field empty Subscribe to Our Newsletter We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info. Check your inbox or spam folder to confirm your subscription.

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