Over the last year and a half, my wife Lori Litchman, has been working on a book about the history of Philadelphia, and it is now available. I’m so proud of her.
A Philadelphia Story: Founders and Famous Families from the City of Brotherly Love takes a thematic look at the individuals and families that had instrumental roles in creating this city and making it what it is today. Their legacies are visible in many of the institutions, street names, parks, city services, and sports teams that we Philadelphians enjoy today. From William Penn’s creation of Philadelphia as a city where people could freely practice their religion to Philadelphia’s role in the founding of our country, A Philadelphia Story has it all. In addition, the book chronicles many of the major “firsts” that happened in Philadelphia, such as the building of the first hospital in North America, or the fact that Philadelphia was the first city in the world to provide public water to its citizens. Philadelphia was also the first city to have a free lending library, the first property insurance company, the first anti-slavery organization, and first biomedical research facility. Not to mention, it was the first capital of the United States. You can read all about it in A Philadelphia Story — click here to order.
A special thanks to Patrick Rapa for reading William Penn’s Prayer for Philadelphia for the book trailer.