Hidden History of Kensington and Fishtown [NOOK Book]

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The docks and alleys of Philadelphia's riverward neighborhoods teem with forgotten stories and strange histories. In the overlooked corners of Kensington and Fishtown are the launching of the Industrial Revolution, the bizarre double suicide of the Rusk twins and the violent Cramp Shipyard strike. With a collection of his "The Rest Is History" columns from the Fishtown Star, local historian Kenneth Milano chronicles little-known tales from the Speakeasy War of 1890 to stories of seldom-recognized hometown hero ...
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Hidden History of Kensington and Fishtown

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Overview

The docks and alleys of Philadelphia's riverward neighborhoods teem with forgotten stories and strange histories. In the overlooked corners of Kensington and Fishtown are the launching of the Industrial Revolution, the bizarre double suicide of the Rusk twins and the violent Cramp Shipyard strike. With a collection of his "The Rest Is History" columns from the Fishtown Star, local historian Kenneth Milano chronicles little-known tales from the Speakeasy War of 1890 to stories of seldom-recognized hometown hero Eddie Stanky, who went on to play for the 1951 New York Giants. Join Milano as he journeys into the secret history of two of the city's oldest neighborhoods.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015042276
  • Publisher: The History Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/29/2012
  • Series: Hidden History, #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,258,728
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Kenneth W. Milano was born and raised in Kensington and still lives in that section of Philadelphia, where his mother's German ancestors first arrived from Unterleichtersbach, Bavaria, in the early 1840s.
He is a graduate of St. Anne's Grammar School, Northeast Catholic High School and Temple University. Before attending Temple University, Ken served a four-year apprenticeship as a marine painter at the old Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

After college, Milano taught GED and ESL classes for eight years at Lutheran Settlement House in Kensington, where he met and married Dorina Lala, formerly of Fier, Albania. They have two boys, Francesco and Salvatore.

Ken also has a twenty-plus-year history in the rare and scholarly bookselling and manuscript business. He currently works with the bookselling firm of Michael Brown Rare Americana, LLC, of Philadelphia, and received his training under Mr. George R. Allen, of the legendary Philadelphia firm of William H. Allen, Booksellers.

In the mid-1990s, Mr. Milano, along with Rich Remer and Torben Jenk, helped to found the Kensington History Project, a community-based historical group that researches, lectures and publishes on the history of Kensington and Fishtown.
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