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January 31, 2014

The Philadelphia History Museum Presents Northern Liberties: From World’s Workshop To Hipster Mecca And The People In Between, Opening On February 20

Northern Liberties has seen exponential growth in recent years, learn about the neighborhood's history at the Northern Liberties: From World’s Workshop to Hipster Mecca and the People in Between exhibition at The Philadelphia History Museum. (Photo by Jennifer Baker courtesy Philadelphia History Museum)

Opening on February 20, The Philadelphia History Museum celebrates the Northern Liberties neighborhood with a dedicated exhibition in its Community History Gallery.

Northern Liberties: From World’s Workshop to Hipster Mecca and the People in Between, shows Northern Liberties’ transformation from an industrial neighborhood, to its deindustrialization and depopulation, to the modern day neighborhood we know (and love!) today.

Explore photographs, videos, artifacts and stories from some of the area’s oldest residents at the temporary exhibition. Learn about Northern Liberties’ transformation after the industrial era and the many problems it faced as a result of deindustrialization.

Browse pictures of new developments in the area, including the demolition of the Tannery in order to make Liberty Lands park (pictured above).

The exhibition, which will be on view through August 31, is sponsored by the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association and was curated by Northern Liberties-based artist, Jennifer Baker.

Northern Liberties: From World’s Workshop to Hipster Mecca and the People in Between debuts with an opening reception on Thursday, February 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Look forward to pizza from Rustica, beer from Philadelphia Brewing Company, a first-look at the exhibit, special artifacts and remarks. The opening is free, but registration is requested, click here to register.

Click here for our guide to the bars, restaurants, markets and cafes of the Northern Liberties neighborhood.

Northern Liberties: From World’s Workshop to Hipster Mecca and the People in Between
When: February 20-August 31
Where: Philadelphia History Museum, 15 S. 7th Street
Cost: Members, free; $10 adults; $8 seniors; $6 students and teenagers; children under 12, free
More info: www.philadelphiahistory.org

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