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Watch this special program and discover what Philly was really like when William Penn got here in 1682.

[Jim Murphy will present a pre-recorded video stream starting at 7pm, which will conclude at 7:45. Then, Jim will be available LIVE for your Q&A until 8:30. We hope this gives you the best of both - a professionally recorded lecture with the opportunity to engage with the speaker!]

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

The Presenter: Jim Murphy, a certified member of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides, writer of over 60 articles on Philadelphia’s heroes and historic places, and soon-to-be author of a fast-reading book on Philly history by Temple University Press.

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.

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 an evening of fun facts and enjoyable entertainment. Don’t miss it!

This free program will take place inside the church sanctuary, followed by a reception in Riverside Hall with live piano music provided by The Jazz Sanctuary. For a modest donation, enjoy gourmet dessert by a local pastry chef, paired with moscato wine, coffee or tea.