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  • 20 Jan 2022 5:13 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Each year five garden plots (four 10X10 and one 10X15) in the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden (25th and Spruce St) are awarded to non-members of the Center City Residents’ Association (CCRA) for a one-season term. To be eligible, candidates must be bona fide residents of CCRA’s geographic boundaries (Schuylkill River to the West side of Broad St; between the North side of South and the South side of John F. Kennedy Boulevard). Winners pay a one-time fee of $65 for 10X10 and $85 for 10X15 plot. To enter the lottery, please email with your name, address, phone number to: 

    Requests must reach the destination by March 1, 2022. The drawing will take place in early March and winners will be contacted by phone or email. One entry per household.


  • 20 Jan 2022 12:44 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Eliza Cecilia Beaux

    Born in Philadelphia, 1855. Before 1872, studied drawing with Dutch artist Adolf van der Whelen. 1875, fossil drawings on commission from U.S. Geological Survey. 1877–79, studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

    She began her career as a commercial artist and designed the official emblem/pin of the Geographical Society of Philadelphia in the late 1890’s. The pin has been conferred on renowned world explorers whose expeditions the Society supported and/or who presented reports of their travels and discoveries to the Society. Notable honorees from 20th -21st centuries include polar explorers Ernest Shackleton, Robert E. Peary, Roald Amundsen, and Todd Carmichael; Amazon explorers Theodore Roosevelt and Paul Rosolie; and world explorers Peter Rowe, Ryan Pyle, and Steve McCurry.

    Beaux first exhibited her work in 1879. 1888, studied at Académie Julian, Paris. Worked in Concarneau, Brittany; traveled in Italy. 1889, returned to Philadelphia. 1893, elected to Society of American Artists. 1895-1915, taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. 1896, France and England; exhibited at Champs-de-Mars, Paris. 1898, Gold Medal of Honor from Pennsylvania Academy. From 1899, a prominent portrait artist with many distinguished commissions and exhibitions. Virtually ceased painting after 1930.

    1935, largest lifetime exhibition, American Academy of Arts and Letters. Died 7 September 1942, Gloucester, Mass

  • 18 Jan 2022 3:50 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from Here’s what you need to know about your order:

    • Limit of one order per residential address
    • One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
    • Orders will ship free starting in late January

    Fill in this form with your contact and shipping information to order your test

  • 10 Jan 2022 3:32 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

  • 06 Jan 2022 5:02 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    2022 marks the 200th anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s birth, and Philadelphia, the city where the famed abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor found her freedom, is ready to celebrate her exceptional life.

  • 06 Jan 2022 10:34 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Philadelphia City Institute library, 1905 Locust, is a drop-off location for the Bebashi Transition to Hope and Sunday Love Project Food Drive. The library will be collecting high-priority food and personal care items (see the list below) in January. Drop off items Mondays through Thursdays, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • 05 Jan 2022 8:55 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Updated Visitor Policies

    Proof of full vaccination is now required to dine indoors and for all museum visitors (age 5+) beginning Jan 24

    To ensure the safety of our visitors and staff, they have recently updated our COVID safety protocols. As of January 3, they are requiring proof of vaccination to visit our dining establishments.

    Beginning January 24, they will require all visitors (age 5 and older) to show proof of full vaccination to visit the museum. Visitors 18 and older must also show a valid ID.

  • 04 Jan 2022 1:52 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    • First things first: The first line of defense should always be shoveling sidewalks and pathways to keep them clear and prevent ice from forming. Salt and deicers are not effective when more than 3 inches of snow have accumulated.
    • Consider the temp: Salt and calcium magnesium acetate (CMA) are much more effective at melting snow and ice at temperatures above 25 degrees.
    • Get a grip: Reduce salt and other chemicals by adding sand for traction.
    • Work smarter: If you have to use them, focus your application of deicing products on high-traffic areas and slopes where traction is critical. By using the least amount necessary to get the job done, you save money and will minimize damage to paved surfaces, vehicles and plants. 
    • Have pets? You should look for pet-safe deicers that are less harmful to paws or consider using reduced amounts of traditional road salts. Wipe your friend's paws after a walk on salted areas, and keep these products out of reach of pets and children.
    • Protect the source: Keep salt-laden snow piles at least 100 feet from creeks and floodplains, and never shovel snow over a storm drain inlet.
    • Consider the Alternative: Many safer alternatives to road salt can be found at local hardware stores. Check the labels for products containing potassium chloride, calcium chloride, and magnesium chloride, corn processing byproducts, and calcium magnesium acetate (CMA). These alternatives can be spread in a dry form or sprayed as a liquid and work best when used with salt. Together, they work more efficiently so you can use less.

    Remember: you can still effectively control ice and keep surfaces safe even with reduced usage of traditional road salt! Check out this post from Penn State to learn more about watershed-friendly deicing. 

  • 03 Jan 2022 12:55 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The mandate, which was announced back in December in response to a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in Philadelphia, includes a two week grace period where establishments may choose to accept a negative test from the last 24 hours in lieu of proof of vaccination.

    Philadelphia vaccine mandate: Proof of vaccination now required at indoor dining establishments (

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