Historic Philadelphia

New upgrade for Franklin Square Fountain has been unveiled.
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Hadas Kuznits
July 31, 2019 - 3:53 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A newly upgraded fountain in Franklin Square was unveiled Wednesday, and it took three years to complete. “In 1837, City Council passed a resolution calling for, 'a fountain of grand proportions,'" explained Amy Needle, executive director of Historic Philadelphia. She...
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Once Upon A Nation storytellers during their final rehearsals.
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John McDevitt
May 24, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The true stories of those who help form the nation are being told at wooden benches located throughout historic Philadelphia as Once Upon A Nation kicks off its summer season Saturday. Once Upon A Nation storytellers make a return, talking about those who made history...
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Franklin Square Fountain Show
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Paul Kurtz
March 26, 2019 - 4:59 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The 19th-century fountain at Franklin Square is getting a 21st-century makeover. Workers have been busy installing new components that will transform the 180-year-old fountain — one of the oldest in the country — into what Historic Philadelphia hopes will be a main...
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Side view of the Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
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Pat Toddy
December 23, 2018 - 10:48 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's a slight change of plans facing visitors to the cradle of liberty as the Liberty Bell has to come off the to-do list, a casualty of the government shutdown. Another top attraction is also off-limits for now, says Amy Needle, president and CEO of Historic...
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Crews have begun to set up for the Electrical Spectable Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square.
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John McDevitt
November 07, 2018 - 1:59 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Atop ladders and cherry pickers, several dozen workers and volunteers have begun to hang holly, holiday lights and much more in Franklin Square park for an annual holiday light show, which has become a tradition for many families around this time of year. More than 75...
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The Franklin Square fountain is currently under renovations.
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John McDevitt
October 09, 2018 - 6:03 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The old meet the new: One of Philadelphia's historic fountains will receive a brand new look. Funding has been secured to give the 180-year-old fountain in Franklin Square a $2 million facelift, which will include a fountain show complete with LED lights, music and...
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A Benjamin Franklin impersonator was on hand at Franklin Squares 12th birthday celebration.
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John McDevitt
July 31, 2018 - 4:54 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Franklin Square near Independence Mall is celebrating its 12th birthday. The park, fully renovated in 2006 with family-friendly attractions, has announced its programming for the rest of the summer into fall. Ben Franklin himself showed up to ride the park's carousel...
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Historic Philadelphia
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John McDevitt
May 26, 2018 - 3:43 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The colonial re-enactors and storytellers in Philadelphia's Historic District kicked off the 2018 season Saturday. The day got started with a pep-talk from the creator of the program. Former Philadelphia mayor and Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell spoke at Historic...
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