American Pharmaceutical Association Plaque

This plaque commemorates a rather boring looking spot on 7th Street just off Market, marking another significant location in Philadelphia’s rich history of science (a few blocks away is the Caspar Wistar plaque). Apparently, “nearby” was a building where pharmacists from eight states met to create the American Pharmaceutical Association. What, exactly, is this plaque doing? How near is nearby? A few feet? A block? Does it matter? What does it mean to commemorate a spot near some historical location? Whose interests are served by this plaque?

The plaque commemorating a building nearby.
The plaque commemorating a building nearby.

This plaque joins 140 other Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission plaques that commemorate some location “nearby.”