Add A Story


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Below is the 4-step process to add your story to MyPhilaPlace.

Click the “Get Started” button when you are ready to begin.

Step 1: Enter a street address and name of the place you want to write about.

Step 2: Write a story (up to 600 words).

Step 3: Upload an image, video, or audio file to accompany your story (optional).

Step 4: Tell us about yourself.

Step 1 of 4: Enter a Place

Please note: The website currently features stories about places in the areas of South Philadelphia and Greater Northern Liberties. Feel free to submit a story about other Philadelphia neighborhoods, but be aware that they may not appear on the site until more content is developed for that particular neighborhood.

Enter a street address or intersection for your place. For example “411 S. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA” or “2nd and Pine, Philadelphia, PA.”


Enter a name for your place. If you’re writing about a residential place, we’ll just use the address. Otherwise use the name of the establishment or building.

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Step 2 of 4: Write a Story

What is the title of your story? (10 word limit)


Tell us your story (600 word limit)

Please note: If you are submitting a video-based story, please use the area below to leave a description. Also feel free to include any additional information about yourself or your media at the end of your story.


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Step 3 of 4: Upload Media (optional)

Would you like to add an image, video, or audio to your story? See below to view the media requirements. When your file is ready to upload, click the browse button to locate the file.


Media Requirements:

  • File Type: .jpg
  • Fize Size: Smaller than 5 MB
  • Pixel Dimensions: Minimum 350x300 pixels; 700x600 is preferred
  • File Type: .mp3
  • Fize Size: Smaller than 15 MB
  • Running Time: Shorter than 5 minutes
  • Quality: At least 96 Kbps
  • File Type: .mov, .mp4, .flv
  • Fize Size: Smaller than 75 MB
  • Running Time: Shorter than 5 minutes

Step 4 of 4: Tell Us About Yourself

First Name * Your name, organization, and url will be visible on the PhilaPlace website.
Last Name *
Organization The organization and url fields are optional.
Org. URL
Email * Your email will not be visible on the PhilaPlace website.
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Please provide a password below. Becoming a MyPhilaPlace member allows you to save your favorite stories as well as map itineraries using Google Maps.

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Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

By clicking “I Agree,” I acknowledge that I am submitting various documentary materials such as my written story, photos, documents, videos, or interviews (the “Materials”) to PhilaPlace and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, a non profit corporation (the “Society”) on the following terms.

I am providing the Materials for the PhilaPlace website project and for any other educational, research, and scholarly purposes the Society may wish to make. I have not been promised and will not receive any payment or other compensation for this submission. I will not revoke this permission.

The Materials are of historical and cultural interest, and do not include anything that is confidential, private, untrue, or that violates the rights of anyone who may be depicted or described, nor do the Materials disparage or defame any person or company. Any audio or video tapes were either created by me, or were created by someone pursuant to my instructions expressly for me to own and do with as I wish.

While I retain all ownership of the Materials, including any copyright ownership of my Materials, I freely give the Society a non-exclusive right to use the Materials in any way, anyplace in the World, including web sites or any other media or format, including editing or adapting the Materials as needed. The Society may also use any of the Materials, as well as my name, image, or likeness, in connection with advertising the Society or PhilaPlace, however the Society is not obligated to use my name in connection with Materials. The Society may allow other organizations to use the Materials for similar purposes.

On behalf of myself and my heirs, I hereby unconditionally release and hold harmless the Society, its directors, officers, employees, agents, licensees, partners, and assigns, from any liability, claims, or causes of action whatsoever may arise anywhere in connection with the Materials.

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