Alma Jacobs

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Positively Philadelphia: Remembering Alma Jacobs, the woman who helped preserve history

July 28, 2019 - 4:00 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Alma Jacobs died this past week and while you may not know her name among her many accomplishments she helped preserve part of Philadelphia's history.

For decades she headed up Women for Greater Philadelphia, a group that keeps Laurel Hill Mansion in Fairmount Park up and running. I talked with her during Women’s History Month about why this house was so special.  

Courtesy of the Laurel Hill Mansion

"Our house was unusual in that it was built by a woman. Rebecca Rawle. It was unusual in those days beccause women normally didn't do things like that," she explained.  

She really was a force of nature. The first woman state secretary of aging, worked for numerous Pennsylvania governors as well as mayors. She set up programs to empower women and always worked for the community. Jacobs communicated not by using e mail but by phone and fax and no matter how busy people were — when Jacobs called, you answered.

Her passing fell just short of her 95th birthday, and this week’s candlelight concert at the Laural Hill Mansion had already been planned to honor her.

The music will go on, and her legacy will continue with the Christmas tours, the Spring Tea and more. However, right now, there are tears as well.

Alma Jacobs outside Laurel Hill Mansion.
Courtesy of the Laurel Hill Mansion

The house will be listening for her and it will weep as it remembers the wonderful woman who is no longer with us. 

Below is the full interview I did with Alma Jacobs for Women's History Month.