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PHILADELPHIA – April 21, 2011 (WPVI) — In a city where history is a universal point of pride, its vestiges seamlessly intermingled in the skyline; the story of what was has long been left untold. Before a capacity crowd at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in Center City, businessman and former political candidate Sam Katz unveiled his latest effort, a documentary detailing the birth and often rough and tumble life of Philadelphia; what he calls “The Great Experiment.” The 22 minute premier episode documents the city from 1865 to 1876, from the jarring death of President Lincoln, to the painstaking construction of City Hall, to the sometimes reluctant end of slavery. LINK

When I say we had a busy week around the old homestead, I mean REALLY busy. Sam Katz is a local businessman and past candidate for Mayor of Philadelphia. Together with his son Phil, he leads a media group that is putting together what looks to be a spectacular documentary about Philadelphia’s history. It’s the story of Philadelphia beyond 1776, the history most everyone knows little about but is pivotal to our nations development. I can assure you there is plenty of fascinating history surrounding Philadelphia beyond the Revolutionary War and it will make for a great series.

We were lucky enough to be invited to the premier and it was a tremendous experience. The girl, the Oberfrau and I attended the event and had a great time. Since I am a history buff I loved every minute of the premier. The girl was especially impressed (we were sitting a few feet away from the Mayor…) at the drama of it all. The goal of the producers is to put together a seven part series with additional webisodes and other media content that will tell the story of Philadelphia. This documentary can then be shown on TV and in schools to help explain Philadelphia’s vital place in our nations development.

The project now needs more funding to move forward and become a reality. With most other major cities having documentaries telling their stories (few having the history Philly has) it is high time we had our story told. To learn more about the project or to find out how donate, schedule a screening or to watch a Webisode about Philadelphia’s early volunteer firefighters click this link:

Philadelphia: The Great Experiment


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