May 14, 2006 |
What's surprising to Jeffrey Norcross is how long it took for the South Jersey Museum of American History to open in Glassboro. The museum, which houses collections of artifacts from Pre-Columbian (Native American) to South Jersey glassmaking - all sorts of Americana that Norcross began collecting while growing up in Merchantville - opened on May 6 at its new location, 123 E. High St. It took 11 years of planning just to find and open the first place, a building in Berlin Borough where the history museum operated for five years until borough officials in 2001 refused to renew the lease, saying the town needed the building for office space.
February 26, 2015 |
RENNARD EAST was looking for some family history. What he found was American history. For years, East (whose first name is pronounced reh-NARD) had known that his forebears settled in Philadelphia after leaving South Carolina in the 1920s. But he couldn't figure out why they migrated north. Thanks to Kenyatta Berry, one of the sleuths from the PBS series "Genealogy Roadshow," East has learned that the reason for the family's move was, as she put it, "something that changed American history and African-American history.
January 22, 2012
Richard M. Ketchum, 89, an author and editor who cofounded Country Journal, a magazine that offered a blend of the bucolic and the practical, particularly to city folk who had opted for the rural life, died Jan. 12 at a retirement home in Shelburne, Vt. Until four years ago, he had lived on his nearly 1,000-acre farm, Saddleback, in Dorset, Vt. Originally called Blair & Ketchum's Country Journal - it was started in 1974 by William S. Blair and Ketchum,...
January 26, 2015 |
I LIKE PLUGGERS. My favorite plugger these days is pint-sized charmer Melissa Shang. Not because she sparred with American Girl, maker of dolls that bankrupt you, and lost. But because she's gonna make a believer out of those who told her no. Melissa is 11 years old, has a super-best friend named Cassidy, carefully observes what the "the cool girls" wear at school, makes fun of her dad's cellphone ineptitude and sings a heart-melting rendition of "Let it Go. " So she's practically indistinguishable from a million other sixth-grade girls in America.
September 14, 2014 |
They are three of the most important individuals in American history. All had the last name Roosevelt, and all were beset by personal demons that threatened to cut them down. Theodore, Franklin Delano, and Eleanor Roosevelt helped define the American century, said Ken Burns, creator and director of PBS's epic 14-hour documentary, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History . Divided into seven two-hour episodes, it will air on consecutive nights beginning Sunday at 8 p.m. on PBS (locally on WHYY-TV12)
December 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, 88, the influential Democrat who broke racial barriers on Capitol Hill and played key roles in congressional investigations of the Watergate and Iran-Contra scandals, died Monday. Sen. Inouye, in office since January 1963, was currently the longest-serving senator and was president pro tempore of the Senate, third in the line presidential succession. His office said Monday that he died of respiratory complications at a Washington-area hospital.
May 12, 1996 |
As a child, Jeffrey Norcross loved history. His mother nurtured that love by taking him to museums and historical sites throughout the state. Soon, their trips took them all over the country. He dreamed of one day having a national-scope museum in South Jersey. So he made it his mission to preserve history from all over the country. He first collected coins and political items, then he began to collect fossils. "It was something I liked to do," said Norcross. "As I got older, I never stopped.
March 15, 1987 |
About 25 years ago Ernest N. May opened the doors to the collection of his dreams, the Hillendale Museum. Tucked off Route 52 in the hills of Pennsbury Township, the museum housed the results of May's love for geography and American history. It was not the most-visited museum around, nor was it the most elaborate, but during its 23 years of operation, it was a passion passed from father to son. The museum closed about three years ago, but now it may open once again. This time, however, it will offer education in a different way. Its exhibits may be replaced with desks and blackboards if the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District is successful in its plan to turn the museum into an elementary school.
February 21, 2013
Eighty-seven years ago - when black Americans were still terrorized by lynching - black historian Carter G. Woodson had a simple but powerful idea: Designate a week to celebrate the contributions that black Americans had made to their country. Woodson chose the second week of February to commemorate the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Negro History Week, as it was known, was an important development for its time. Back then, official history barely acknowledged the presence of black Americans, while popular culture actively diminished their humanity.
December 7, 2012 |
JEB BUSH says he's going to have to brush up on U.S. history. The former Florida governor has been named the next chairman of Philadelphia's National Constitution Center, a post formerly held by his father, former President George H.W. Bush, and now held by former President Bill Clinton. Bush, 59, says that he's been reading up on U.S. history to prepare for the job. "I want to learn about the past so I can think about the future," he said. He said he feels a cultural shift is brewing in the U.S., and he wants to be prepared for it. "I think there's going to be a time of cultural change in our country," he said, "and typically these have been done in ways that people don't anticipate.