The March Chapter Meeting Featured Philadelphias
Ron Avery, Writer and Tour Guide
Ron Avery, popular writer and walking tour guide, combined
history and humor in his illustrated talk Philadelphia
in a Nutshell!
A native Philadelphian, Avery was a newspaper
reporter in the city for 31 years. His lively Daily News
column "Poor Ronalds Almanac"is still remembered.
After retirement, he lectures to Elderhostel groups, leads
sought-after walking tours for Friends of Independence and
other groups, and has authored three books on Philly: Beyond
the Liberty Bell, a guide book; City of Brotherly Mayhem,
a book on Philadelphia crime; and A Concise History of
Averys "Poor Ronalds Almanac"
featured our founder, Frank Muhly on March 18, 1992, under
the headline "Lewis and Clark started here" with
the tag line "In 1803, the great minds of American science
were concentrated in Philadelphia, 'the Athens of America.'
The city also was the best place on the continent to outfit
an expedition." Frank was photographed standing between
the portraits of the explorers, then at the Portrait Gallery
Second National Bank. (The portraits have now been moved to
the First Bank of the United States, while the Portrait Gallery
undergoes an extensive renovation. A new exhibit in the First
Bank is to open the first week in March, according to National
Park Service staff.)
Photo by Tom Davis