Posted on behalf of Chrissie Perella
2018’s Nerd Nite: Archives Take-Over, held at Frankford Hall on October 23, was as big a hit as ever! Archivists and interested other audience members sipped beers, enjoyed giant soft pretzels, and learned about the origins of the ice cream soda, the important (and necessary) Archives for Black Lives in Philadelphia (A4BLiP) is doing, and the hidden jazz history on the streets of Philadelphia.
Laurel Burmeister, Historic Programs, Outreach, and Collections Manager at the Franklin Fountain and Shane Confectionery regaled us with the tale of the controversy over the true creator of the ice cream soda in 19 th -century Philadelphia.
Celia Caust-Ellenbogen, Archivist at the Friends Historical Library and an organizer of A4BLiP shared the ways in which the group are responding to the issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement, and how everyone (archivists and citizens alike) can make a difference.
Chelsea Reed, a Philadelphia based jazz vocalist and educator, took us through some of the hidden jazz history of Philadelphia, including Shirley Scott, who was known for her skill on the Hammond B-3 organ. Chelsea also works with Philly-area teachers to expose young students to the rich history of Philly jazz.