July 16 The Amazing Success of Philly’s William Penn


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July 16 at 7 pm in the Community Room

A new look at the many accomplishments of Philly’s William Penn

Far too many people still believe Ben Franklin stands atop Philadelphia’s City Hall. And many have no idea how much William Penn contributed to our area and nation … while living here less than four years!

But you will. Come to the Huntingdon Valley Library at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, and discover what Philly was really like when William Penn got here in 1682.

Find out “How William Penn turned a ‘howling wilderness’ into America’s fastest growing city” that leapt right past New York and Boston.


JimMurphyThe Presenter: Jim Murphy, copywriter, former magazine editor for Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, a certified member of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides, writer of over  55 article on Philadelphia’s heroes and historic places, and soon-to-be author of a fast-reading book on Philly history.

You’ll Discover: Why the American Society of Civil Engineers added Penn’s plan to its List of Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks, what a group of Chinese students noticed about Philadelphia several years ago, and what a visitor found unique about Philadelphia in 1744. You’ll also learn what Philly street name swept across the country, what landmark was the second most visited tourist spot after Niagara Falls, and what some of our city’s top exports are. (They will surprise you.)

And of course, you’ll hear about Philly’s extraordinary City Hall, its claim to fame over a British landmark, and where we almost put it.

Plus you will see an out-of-this-world photo … and learn an easy way to remember Philadelphia street names very few people know about. (Jim learned it from his mother.)

It will be a night of fun facts and enjoyable entertainment. And you’ll leave with a far better appreciation for William Penn and his City of Brotherly Love. Jim guarantees it.

Program Length: PowerPoint presentation covers over 300 years of history in 30 to 45 minutes, plus Q&A.

Sponsored by the
Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library

Location: Community Room

Time: 7:00 pm