Oral History Interviews

Listen to our interviews with long-time locals on a wealth of topics pertaining to East Falls’ history.


Oral History

Oral History #38
Phil Steinberg, b. 1931

Phil Steinberg, former president of the East Falls Community Council, talks about coming to East Falls in 1964, his role in the formation of the East Falls Historical Society, and his vision for the future of the community.


by EFHS • July 25, 2018
Oral History

Oral History #37
Herb Henze, b. 1937

Herb talks about growing up in East Falls during WWII – rationing, etc. He also gives an absorbing account of his business -Penn Fishing Tackle Mfg. Co (“Penn Reels”).


by EFHS • July 25, 2018
Oral History

Oral History #35
Robert Levy, b. 1931

These two interviews focus on Mr. Levy’s career and family, his uncle, William S. Paley (founder of CBS), his father Leon Levy, Frank Sinatra’s wedding to Ava Gardner (supposedly in East Falls), his friendship with the Kelly family, and how the Levy/Paley mansions became part of Jefferson University, via Penn Charter.


by EFHS • July 25, 2018
Oral History

Oral History #34
Stan Gorski

This interview is with Stan Gorski, Director, Paul J. Gutman Library at Philadelphia University (now Jefferson University). Library Director Stan Gorski gives the history of the significant buildings on the Philadelphia University campus.


by EFHS • May 3, 2018
Oral History

Oral History #33
Gerald (Jerry) Porto, b. 1928

Jerry Porto, born on Calumet Street in East Falls, talks about his life in East Falls – St. Bridget, Ridge Avenue, making wine at home.


by EFHS • May 2, 2018
Oral History

Oral History #32
Robert Freed

Robert shares his memories of Old Academy Players.


by EFHS • May 2, 2018
Oral History

Oral History #31
Joe Petrone (1943 – 2015)

Joe’s remarkable memory offers the reader humorous and detailed memories of his life spent in East Falls.


by EFHS • May 2, 2018
Oral History

Oral History #30
Edna Woolley, b. 1901

Edna talks about “Methodist Row” on Sunnyside, being a homemaker, and medical care – with details about Ms. Dunn, the local midwife.


by EFHS • April 25, 2018
Oral History

Oral History #29
Rose Whittey, b. 1899

Born in East Falls, Rose gives a detailed account of working at Dobson Mills. She also describes her house on Sunnyside, St. Bridget School, and local stores.


by EFHS • April 25, 2018
Oral History

Oral History #28
Kelly Sisters

Entertaining interview with the sisters of Grace Kelly reminiscing about their growing up in East Falls.


by EFHS • April 25, 2018