Making history

The first ever King’s Highway Day was a success in Northeast Philly.

Walk down memory lane: More than 200 residents attended various events leading up to King’s Highway Day on Aug. 20. The week long celebration was organized by King’s Highway Trust Foundation in an effort to celebrate Northeast Philadelphia history. SOURCE: JASON SHERMAN

History came to life last week in Northeast Philadelphia.

King’s Highway Trust Foundation brought a week’s worth of educational entertainment to the area in honor of King’s Highway Day on Aug. 20. Over 200 residents attended the events.

“This week has been a tremendously humbling experience. Seeing all of the volunteers within various organizations working together on a common goal to celebrate Northeast Philadelphia history was a sight to be seen,” said Jason Sherman, founder of KHTF.

The events began with a historic walking tour of Tacony led by Lou Iatarola Jr. He showed the group of approximately 25 sites around the area in 90-degree heat, including St. Leo Church at Tulip and Keystone streets, which held its first Mass in 1884.


Other events included a Share Your Story, where 12 people verbally recorded their stories for future generations. Saturday saw the History & Heritage festival at Pennypack on the Delaware, which featured colonial costumes and food.

On Sunday, Debbie Klak and Diane Sadler led an architectural walking tour of Frankford. Ancient artifacts were on display at the Historical Society of Frankford.

“Watching families and their children enjoy our entertainment and interactive exhibits was such a delight,” Sherman said. “We will continue to spread awareness to our heritage and our history for years to come.”

The day was commemorated with a ribbon cutting at Pennypack Bridge on Sunday.

Sherman said he plans for things to be bigger and better next year. ••