This year’s expanded and extended Night of Lights has made it possible for so many community residents and families to safely stroll the Avenue, enjoy our local shops and restaurants, and learn and share history from Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy, Germantown, and Springfield Township. But if it’s difficult for you to get out to the Hill at night, or if you’re exercising extra caution and not venturing too far from home—or if you just can’t get enough of Night of Lights and community history!—we’ve designed a mobile experience to
bring much of the event to you, wherever you are. Just text “Chestnut” to 56512 to access on your phone or click this link.
Last week we highlighted our Storyteller Stations, recordings from community leaders and from the Germantown Historical Society’s project “African Americans Between the Wars,” recorded in the 1990s. All of these recordings are accessible from your smartphone or web browser, along with a few other great features of the new Night of Lightsmobile experience, and in particular, building histories of each of this year’s eight projection locations.
Did you know that 105 Bethlehem Pike was the long-time home of Whittem’s Pharmacy? You might remember Pets Palace at 8117 Germantown Avenue, but did you know this building was constructed by the same builder who constructed Joslin Hall (the home of the Chestnut Hill Community Center and Local)?
If you’ve been wanting to try the Chestnut Hill History Hunt, don’t forget that it’s accessible any time of day on the mobile platform, so you can roam the Hill and complete your History Hunt at a more family-friendly hour (or during a virtual half-day at school).
We’re excited to continue to develop this mobile experience beyond Night of Lights so we can safely share community stories and history even after this event ends on October 25. Have ideas on what you’d like to see and share? Email email@example.com let us know!
Photo by Bradley Maule
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Night of Lights in the News
This year’s Night of Lights is bringing our communities together and we’ve received wonderful coverage by local press, including our local networks, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and more.
Check out this clip from FYI Philly and visit our Press page to see more of Night of Lights in the news!
Don’t Forget Your Pastport!
Visit all eight of this year’s Night of Lights slideshow locations, fill in the keyword for each location on your Pastport, and win a prize! Drop off your Pastport through the mail slot at the Conservancy office (8708 Germantown Avenue), or wherever you see a Pastport Station sign in the window. You can also text or email a photo of the completed Pastport “Keyword” page at back firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your email address in all submissions to receive your prize.