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Tune in to WHYY’s 90.9 FM tonight between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to learn more about the Bruce Conner postcard collection that Chris and I would like to help keep in Northeast Philadelphia.

We at the Times House Bed and Breakfast are proud to offer a chance to win a one-night stay for everyone who donates $50 or more to the Northeast Philadelphia History Network’s effort to purchase the Bruce Conner picture postcard collection, representing about 340 historic images of Northeast Philadelphia, from a manuscript dealer that now owns it. Donors of $100 or more will also receive a CD/DVD of high-resolution images of all the postcards. Donations are tax deductible.

During my reporting days with the Northeast Times, I could always count on Somerton historian Bruce Conner for a kind word, an interesting story and a wealth of knowledge and resources that added depth to many an article I wrote.

An original member of what is now called the Northeast Philadelphia History Network – an organization that I was privileged to cover – Bruce died in March 2011 from injuries sustained in a car accident driving home from a meeting to help preserve an historic building.

Though Bruce spent much of his life in a wheelchair after a 1968 diving accident, he did not let that limit him or his sense of purpose. He had been a personnel manager with US Navy and was an avid collector and researcher, interested in many things, including Philadelphia history. During his days as secretary of the Northeast Philadelphia History Network and founder of the Lower Dublin Academy, Bruce sounded many a call to action to help preserve the disappearing treasures of Northeast Philadelphia and surrounding neighborhoods.

Growing up in Northeast Philadelphia during the 1960s and 1970s, I didn’t have any sense that there was anything historical about where we lived. I thought history only happened downtown at Betsy Ross’ house and Independence Hall.  So I was only too happy to write about the local history I learned from Bruce, the late, great Dr. Harry Silcox and all the other members of the history network, who wanted to pass on their knowledge to the rest of us.

There are two ways to contribute.
1. PayPal via the Donate button at http://lowerdublinacademy.org
2. Send a check made payable to the:
Friends of Lower Dublin Academy
C/o Fred Moore
2557 Mansion Rd
Huntingdon Valley, PA  19006

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