Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Matt Ward History Experience Podcast - Episode #5

Check out the fifth edition of The Matt Ward History Experience Podcast!
    1. Let's Talk History - Interview with Philadelphia based author, historian and tour guide Harry Kyriakodis
    You can check out Harry Kyriakodis online via the following websites: Author Page -

    Hidden City Philadelphia Page -

    Below are a few photos of Harry Kyriakodis and his collection of Philadelphia books:

    Below is more information on Harry's Philadelphia area tours and presentations:

    For over ten years, I have been giving walking tours of parts of the city for the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia and other organizations. I developed several nitty-gritty urban walking tours:
    1. The Historic North Central Waterfront (taking a look at what is left after I95 devastated the corridor in the 1960s)
    2. Underground Philadelphia (a tour of Philly's Underground transit concourse system, which was revolutionary in city planning and design)
    3. Up and Over the Ben Franklin Bridge (a look at the Delaware River and the City of Philadelphia (and Camden, NJ) from one of the greatest bridges ever; can only be done on days with great weather)
    4. Post-Industrial Philadelphia--West Callowhill area (this walk focuses on blocks that once contained the Baldwin Locomotive Company and the other Philadelphia industries, now gone, which made Philadelphia known around the globe as the Workshop of the World well into the 20th century)
    5. Post-Industrial Philadelphia--East Callowhill area (similar to the West Callowhill tour, but on the east side of Broad Street)
    ***I have also put together and offer PowerPoint presentations on tours 1, 4 and 5 above, so that a virtual tour through these areas can be done. I have given these presentations to countless organizations and neighborhood groups that are interested in local history.

    In addition to these, I developed shorter PowerPoint presentations on these topics: 
    1. The Benjamin Franklin Parkway (showing the development of the Parkway and its constituent attractions)
    2. Floating Church of the Redeemer (a 19th church built on a barge that was pushed up and down the Delaware River to serve the religious needs of sailors and waterfront communities)
    3. The Indian Pole (a huge pole that once had an Indian figure on top and which stood near 4th and Vine Streets for a hundred years, but which mysteriously disappeared sometime in the mid-20th century)
    4. St. George's Greek Orthodox Church (the history of a Greek church, now a cathedral, that still stands at 8th and Spruce Streets)
    First and foremost I would like to thank my guest Harry Kyriakodis for sitting down at Pier 3 to talk history with me.

    This episode would not have been possible if it had not been for the technical support of my good friend Peter Lloyd of One Stone Recording and Mastering. Pete mixed and cleaned up the original recordings into the great episode that you can stream on SoundCloud.

    Last but certainly not least, I would like to thank all of my readers and listeners - Especially those who submitted questions for this month's segment of Let's Talk History.

    The Matt Ward History Experience is brought to you by One Stone Recording and Mastering in New Brunswick, NJ. Check out One Stone Recording and Mastering for all of you mixing and mastering needs. Go to and receive 10% off your first session!

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