New Kensington CDC with Scribe Video Center
This video is available for purchase as part of a Precious Places Community History Project Vol.2 compilation DVD.
Wedged between the Delaware River and the El train, Fishtown is a working class neighborhood northeast of Center City in Philadelphia. True to its namesake, the area was known in the 1700s as a prime fishing and shipbuilding site, built by German and Irish immigrants. Massive industrialization later transformed the neighborhood into the "workshop of the world," but the neighborhood grew poorer as the factories left after the second World War. By the 1970s, many residents were leaving for the suburbs.
Filipino American National Historical Society with Scribe Video Center
This video is available for purchase as part of a Precious Places Community History Project Vol.1 compilation DVD.
St. Augustine Church has been continually transformed by immigrants throughout its two century history. It has nourished many generations, beginning with Irish and German immigrants, who have made their home in the river wards of old Philadelphia. Anti-Irish, anti-catholic nativists burned the church to the ground in 1844, but the church was rebuilt and subsequently became a major institution of the neighborhood.
Filipino American National Historical Society – PA chapter is a local group that works to promote Filipino American history. FANHS PA’s project begins to document just one segment of the larger history of Filipino Americans in Philadelphia: the Filipino American community of St. Augustine’s Church at 4th and Vine.