You Rocked Our World
Since our website launched in December 2019, we've had thousands of visitors from more cities, states, and countries than we ever imagined. The impact was not just felt on the web, but across the organization and has changed us in many ways.
Research requests have come from 3 different continents as a result of our launch into the public eye. More requests than our volunteers expected, but we address them all despite the language barriers and time zone differences and offer virtual meetings as well as phone calls. We thank everyone near and far for their patience as our 2 volunteer archivists -- Sylvia Myers and I -- respond to questions.
Membership has more than doubled in size despite the pandemic! Today we have members not just across the city of Philadelphia, but across the United States. Contact us if you're interested in joining.
Marks indicate city locations of our website visitors. While the majority have been from the Mid-Atlantic region of the US, more than 20 countries are represented.
For a state/region/country list of visitor locations, see About Our Website.
Donations -- both financial and physical -- are being sent in to us. Books, photos, maps, posters, genealogies, manuscripts, and more have come to us in boxes, envelopes, emails attachments, and Christmas cards. People want to see local history, art, and culture saved and are reaching out to help by donating items that they have, find, or inherit to see the materials preserved for the future.
"Warm Fuzzies" -- Important and intangible benefits have been had as RMWHS has been able to connect individuals doing genealogical/family history research with others working the same family tree/branch. We've been able to connect folks who are half way across the country or around the globe and might not have otherwise been able to find each other. There have also been many questions we've answered that have helped folks discover their ancestors, understand old stories, and separate family fact from fiction. On more than a few occasions we've heard, "I've wondered about that for decades, and now I know -- thank you."
But I have not disclosed all of this to brag or boast but rather as a means to legitimize my statement that I am truly humbled by the response RMWHS has had to creating a presence on the web. I hope each of you will continue to visit rmwhs.org for years to come to see how our website and organization grow. I also offer you the opportunity to become a member and/or to volunteer to help us with our mission to preserve and promote local history, art, and culture.
Wishing you Peace and Joy in 2023.
Georgie Gould, President, RMWHS
Memorials of the 21st Ward
RMWHS has launched a new web section -- Memorials of the 21st Ward -- which provides a listing of the 8 memorials within our area and includes a photo gallery of each.
Each memorial page will be expanded in the months and years to come as images and newspapers clippings (both new and historic) are added. If you would like to contribute an image or information for any of the memorials, please contact us. Also, if we have missed a public memorial within the Roxborough Manayunk Wissahickon area, please let us know.
Each of the memorials is open to the public and all visitors (including service animals) are welcome.
We remind all visitors to be respectful not only to the memorial and grounds, but of the others who may be there remembering loved ones lost, for whom these special places were created to honor.
RMWHS thanks all who have served.
Got Cell Photos?
See submitted photos and image collections below
RMWHS needs your help -- specifically we need cell photos that capture our neighborhoods as they are today. You may already have some on your phone that would be perfect to share with RMWHS.
Whether you've captured a quiet moment at your favorite park, a sidewalk cafe filled with diners, a blizzard in Andorra, the flowering vines on a historic home, the radio tower repair team dangling from a helicopter over Domino Lane towers, or someone dressed giving tours along the Wissahickon -- RMWHS would love to see them.
If you have a photo that captures something special about our area, or a special moment in time in any of our neighborhoods, send it to RMWHSarchives@gmail.com. Photos shared with RMWHS will be consider image donations.
Please include your full name and a few details about the photo -- such as a street or event name especially if it is not obvious -- so we can put a description on the photo. (Mouse over the photos below to see examples.) Keep in mind these should be photos you have taken -- not ones someone else took that you are passing along. Any age is welcome to submit photos. All photos shared will be considered an image donation.
There is no "deadline" on this request. RMWHS is always interested in images of the 21st Ward -- new or old. All photos are reviewed by RMWHS archivists to ensure they are appropriate for display and incorporation into the permanent RMWHS Image Collection.
Your photos can become a part of our collection -- your photos can become part of our local history.
Photos received will be posted below. We will update the gallery as more photos come in. Keep checking back!
The Blair Family Collection
Special thanks to the Blair Family for donating +30 images taken between 1890 and 1910. To see the full collection, visit the RMWHS Archive.
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Local House: 1906 & 2014
Thanks to Paul Ricker for snapping a new image of this 1906 photo of 566 Jamestown (before it was a twin) and sharing it with us. We've paired the 1906 image with a Google Maps image so you can see it as it stands today.
Images of the 21st Ward - Submitted in 2022
New Photos Added
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