About Ron Avery
Everyone has expertise in some area. Ron Avery is an expert on Philadelphia - its history, neighborhoods, criminals, personalities and traditions.
Avery is a native Philadelphian with a degree in history from Penn State. He is a retired newspaper reporter with 32 years in the business. His entire career was spent working for area newspapers, including the Bucks County Courier Times, the Courier-Post of South Jersey.
He was a reporter for 17 years with the Philadelphia Daily News where he wrote a column on Philadelphia people and places under the title "Poor Ronald's Almanac.
Today he teaches courses in Philadelphia history, lectures, writes about the city and often leads walking tours.
He has written three books about Philadelphia and recently completed the final part of a three-part video on off-beat and interesting places in Philadelphia entitled, Urban Explorer.
In recent years he has led scores of guided tours for various organizations and tour companies: groups ranging from elementary school children to senior citizen. He has presented illustrated lectures on Philadelphia at many clubs and libraries and book stores. He has appeared as a guest on radio and television programs.
Avery also teaches short courses on Philadelphia history at Temple University's Center City's non-credit program, Main Line School Night and the Mount Airy Learning Tree. For several years he was the coordinator and lecturer with Philadelphia's Elderhostel program.
Finally, he is a qualified docent for the historic Powel House, Physick House, Pennsylvania Hospital and a former guide at Cliveden in Germantown.