Precious Places Community History Project Premiere

Tuesday, May 17, TIME: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location(s): 

International House Philadelphia

3701 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Event Type: 
Producers' Forum
Screening

Join us for a celebration of nine new works, co-produced by Scribe and community groups from Philadelphia and Chester

Limited availability.  Please RSVP http://ihousephilly.org/calendar

The Precious Places Community History Project brings together neighborhood groups, independent videographers affiliated with Scribe, and humanities scholars to understand how the history of specific sites in the Philadelphia region have defined neighborhoods and affected the lives of local residents. Many of this year’s projects focus on communities formed during the first Great Migration (1916-1934), the mass movement of African-Americans from the southern states to the north.    

 

Historical sites and Producing groups include:

Beckett Gardens (North Philadelphia)  Produced by Union Housing Development Corporation

Beckett Gardens’ history spans over four decades. Residents tell how they have created “home” amidst the challenges that have faced North Philadelphia.

Belmont Grove (Fairmount Park) Produced by Ollin Yolitzli Calmecac

This film tells the story of how Belmont Plateau served as a powerful gathering space for Philadelphia's native communities from 1974-1992 and what impact the loss of that space had. 

Christian Street YMCA (South Central)  Produced by the Christian Street YMCA

The Christian Street YMCA is one of the oldest Black YMCA’s in the US and served as a gathering place for African Americans during the Great Migration. 

 

Universal Negro Improvement Association (North Philadelphia) Produced by UNIA-ACL-Thomas Harvey Division

Much of UNIA’s growth in Philadelphia was due to the migration of African Americans leaving the South and attracted to the UNIA’s mission of self-determination and economic improvement.

 

William Penn High School (North Philadelphia) Produced by the William Penn High School Alumni Association

The history of William Penn High School, a high school originally established for girls, parallels larger trends in the city’s approach and commitment to public education.  

 

Ruth L. Bennett House  (Chester, PA) Produced by the Chester Housing Authority

The Ruth L. Bennett House began as a safe haven for women and children arriving to Chester from the South during the early years of the Great Migration. 

 

St. Paul’s Baptist Church (Lower North Philadelphia) Produced by St. Paul Baptist Church

St. Paul’s Baptist Church’s amazing journey from finding a permanent house of worship to becoming a force in the social and political life of the community is retold. 

 

The John Coltrane House (Strawberry Mansion) Produced by the Members of The John Coltrane House

The John Coltrane House, which was the home of the musical genius John Coltrane, is under-recognized as an important cultural asset to Philadelphia.

 

Tindley Temple (South Central) Produced by the Charles A. Tindley Institute.

Tindley Temple Methodist Church, led by the visionary Dr. Charles Albert Tindley, played a pivotal role in welcoming thousands of Southerners to Philadelphia.  

THE PRECIOUS PLACES COMMUNITY HISTORY PROJECT IS SUPPORTED BY DOLFINGER-MCMAHON FOUNDATION, UNION BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION AND THE DJERASSI FOUNDATION.

PROGRAMMING FOR THE GREAT MIGRATION: A CITY TRANSFORMED (1916-1930) HAS BEEN SUPPORTED BY THE PEW CENTER FOR ARTS & HERITAGE. 

THE PREMIERE SCREENING IS PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF PHILADELPHIA. 

Limited availability.  Please RSVP http://ihousephilly.org/calendar

Cost: 
FREE