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Gallery Talk & Tour:Bridging Philadelphia/Connecting People

Thursday, December 14

Art History Downtown

Join us for a gallery talk and tour to celebrate the opening of Bridging Philadelphia/Connecting People, located in the Museum’s Made in Philadelphia Gallery.

Bridging Philadelphia/Connecting People explores two iconic bridges in Philadelphia-the Upper Ferry Bridge completed in 1812 over the Schuylkill River below the Fairmount and the 1926 Delaware River Bridge renamed the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. When they opened for traffic-pedestrian, horse, carriages, or automobile, these bridges established Philadelphia as modern and forward-looking.

Each bridge opened a new chapter in the city’s history making it easier and quicker to bring products and people across the city’s two major rivers. Their cutting edge engineering and design prompted observers to describe them as beautiful or awe inspiring. Artists and business owners created images of the bridges to sell everything from cigars to postcards for tourists and conventioneers.

A wine & cheese reception will follow.


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Philadelphia History Museum
15 South 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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The Water Works behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo by Erin DiSerafino.