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Melissa Dunphy
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Hervararkviða, or the Incantation of Hervor
You might find this difficult to believe, but I am primarily a composer and not an amateur historian or archaeologist or theater builder/owner or whatever. To prove it, this year I wrote some music? Actually quite a lot of music, if I put it all together, a...

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Murder and Mayhem in the Messuages Next Door
If a property has been around for long enough, someone is going to die on it. Given enough human habitation, the chances that someone has been murdered on the premises are pretty decent, because humans are shitty creatures that murder each other a lot. Some...

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Benjamin Mifflin, shady-ass property developer
I have more things to blog about than I have time to blog, but here's a quick hilarious thing. If you have been following closely my research into 103 Callowhill Street and you have a very good memory, you might recall that in my first history post , I wond...

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Construction at the Hannah
The Hannah Callowhill Stage is currently a roofless construction site that can only be described as a building, let along a theater, with some intense and stubborn imagination. Things are going swimmingly, though, and I don't necessarily mean because a rece...

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History of the Hannah: Cyberstalking Daniel Williams, Part 3 of 3
Daniel Williams's Slaves Click here for Part 1 of Daniel Williams's story. Click here for Part 2 of Daniel Williams's story. Before we take up Daniel's story again, a brief photographic interlude! Back in Part 1 , I mentioned the Schuylkill Fishing Company,...

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History of the Hannah: Cyberstalking Daniel Williams, Part 1 of 3
The Revolutionary War Click here for Part 1 of Daniel Williams's story. When we left off, Daniel Williams was a successful merchant who bought 103 Callowhill Street on March 6, 1770. For the next part of the story, in which I look at Daniel and his family's...

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History of the Hannah: Cyberstalking Daniel Williams, Part 1 of 3
Since pulling a bunch of artifacts out of an 18th-Century privy , I have unsurprisingly thrown myself into expanding the scope and detail of my initial historical investigation of 103 Callowhill Street. Back then, all I could find to cover the period betwee...

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Artifacts from the Hannah Callowhill Stage
In my previous blog post , I mentioned the presence of large holes for structural elements that were being dug around the perimeter of the inside of the building. What I didn't mention is that while I was there that day, I found the base of an old wine bott...

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The Hannah Callowhill Stage: Loan acquired! Construction begins! Nervous gulping!
Have you ever seriously said the words "I am going to spend about half a million dollars"? Who am I. What is this life. I had not, until I bought a theater. These are words that strike terror, and a good dose of imposter syndrome and existential anxiety, in...

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The Hannah Callowhill Stage: Loan acquired! Construction begins! Nervous gulping!
Have you ever seriously said the words "I am going to spend about half a million dollars"? I had not, until I bought a theater. These are words that strike terror, and a good dose of imposter syndrome and existential anxiety, into my cheap little artist hea...
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