There is so much to share about the truck’s month of events in Kensington. We are still digesting the wonderful content, friendship, and time spent this month. While we organize a written update, please enjoy some photos!
PIE AM KENSINGTON : Friday, October 4, 2013. 5-8 p.m. Little Berlin fairgrounds
Pie, Cider, Memory Mapping, Question Building, Open Air Curatorial Conversations…
Sponsored by Sweetsboro Pastry Shoppe & Sweet Freedom Bakery
STORYTELLING BLOCK PARTY: Saturday, October 19, 2013. 12 p.m.-6p.m. E. Huntingdon St.
Cook Out, Ice Cream, Oral History Interviews, Object Storycircles, Memory Mapping, Imagining Community, Question Building, Corn Hole, and Community Fun!
This event was sponsored by EKNA, Kensington Community Food Co-op & Little Baby’s Ice Cream.
Memory Mapping… the first memory of East Kensington.
Imagining Community… (drawing “where we live.”)
Oral History & Storytelling…
Attention friends of the History Truck! Volunteer this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. as East Kensington Neighbors Association leads a neighborhood clean up, including the 1800 block of E. Huntingdon St.
Let’s make this block gorgeous and ready for our block party on the 19th. EKNA will provide tools, gloves, and trash bags. All the volunteers that work that day are invited to a BBQ at Philadelphia Brewing Company at 12:30.
Be at the 1800 block of E. Huntingdon St. at 9:30 ready to go. If you have further questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, October 4 | 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The Philadelphia Public History Truck presents…
PIE AM KENSINGTON
@Little Berlin Fairgrounds 2013 York St.
(between Coral and Emerald, adjacent to Viking Mill Studios).
Pie. Cider. Memory Mapping.
Transparent open air curatorial meetings with whoever whenever.
All ages welcome.
Warning: We might record what you say to us.
Sponsored by Sweet Freedom Bakery & Sweetsboro Pastry Shoppe.
P.S. Little Berlin’s opening in the gallery begins @ 6 p.m.
featuring work curated by Lee Tusman.
Friday, October 11- Saturday October 12 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Oral History Days @ the St. Francis Inn
Erin is leading a team of volunteers in oral history interviews with staff, volunteers, and guests of the St. Francis Inn, a soup kitchen on Kensington Ave.
serving its community with dignity.
Want in? E-mail Erin asap email@example.com
Saturday, October 19 | 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The Philadelphia Public History Truck presents…
Storytelling Block Party
1800 Block Huntingdon Ave. between Jasper St. & Kensington Ave.
A Historically-Good Time based in Sharing Stories and Objects of Memory.
ALL EK COMMUNITY MEMBERS WELCOME! All ages encouraged.
**Bring an object that helps you talk about your memories of East Kensington!**
Cook Out Noms, G-rated Sips, Weird Ice Cream & Games
Cross Generational Dance Party 4-6 p.m. courtesy DJ PS3 aka Philly Phil
Sponsored by East Kensington Neighbors Association & Little Baby’s Ice Cream
featuring Kensington Community Food Co-op
with special thanks to EK neighbors Buddy Camp & Jeff Carpineta
Thursday night, Erin and Jordan welcomed volunteers to the history truck team. It was a great session discussion on the truck’s vision as well as a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other better. We are so grateful for volunteer time and sharing.
Memory Mapping with Exhibition Designer Jordan Klein gave volunteers a taste of what creating interactive place-based pieces with audiences might be like as part of the Philadelphia Public History Truck’s team.
Jordan led a memory mapping activity which helped us articulate favorite and least favorite memories about our morning commutes. Where would your ribbon and pushpins go? What would you mention about the sights, sounds, and smells of your route to work?
Truck volunteers Mandi and Monica at Painted Bride Art Center discussing their memory mapping choices. Monica spoke about her love of the Divine Lorraine and her wish that the historic building will be restored sometime soon.
Want to volunteer, but missed our meeting on Thursday? No problem. E-mail Erin firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This evening, while I waited for my first oral history interview for the Philadelphia Public History Truck on a street corner in East Kensington, a neighbor came out of his home, crossed the street and despite the language barrier between us, let me know when to expect my interviewee based on when she normally gets home. Then, he went back inside his home only to come out a moment later and point across the street. I wasn’t sure at what, but then I realized he was pointing to a chair. Before I could get to it myself, he had brought it to me and told me to, “Sit and relax.” Then, he and I chatted until my interview showed up. This kind neighbor friend is named Bill (which I learned from asking the one question I recall easily in Spanish!).
To Bill, I am sure offering that chair to me was nothing, but it actually impacted me very much– because today, standing on a street corner in East Kensington as I waited for my first oral history interview, I was welcomed by a neighbor who had never seen my face or heard mention of my project.
30 July 2013. Jasper St. East Kensington. Philadelphia, PA.
Thank you, Bill.
Saturday, July 27, 2013. 3:00 p.m.
“the yellow brick road.”
Standing on Emerald Street during row-house fire.
East Kensington, Philadelphia, PA.