Discover West Philadelphia Social History

John Puckett
- | Hamilton Mansion at The Woodlands, 4400 Woodland Avenue in West Philadelphia.
View of West Philadelphia from Cathedral Park

Wednesday, January 22 6:30  The Hamilton Mansion at the Woodlands, 4000 Woodland Ave.  Register at this website:


University City Historical Society invites you to dig into West Philadelphia's social history with featured guest John Puckett. We'll learn about the West Philadelphia Collaborative History project, a resource for the history of 20th- and 21st-century West Philadelphia. The project is co-developed with leading West Philadelphia community activists and digs into demographic trends, important sites in West Philadelphia, housing development, race relations, and much more.

West Philadelphia Collaborative History explores the stories of West Philadelphia over the past century. Our starting point is 1907, the year that introduced the Market Street Elevated rapid transit line (“The El”), which spurred expansive population growth and transformed West Philadelphia from a “streetcar suburb” to a major urban district with a population greater than 300,000 residents.