August 1, 2016
As thousands of folks fly out of town after the Democratic National Convention, consider the ground upon which Philadelphia International Airport sits: Hog Island, once the world's largest shipyard. Long before William Penn arrived aboard the Welcome in 1681, Swedish settlers controlled the island, at the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill. The Lenape called the island Quistconck , or "place for hogs. " Hog Island made a brief cameo during the American Revolution: An order in 1777 from the Council of Safety called for the island to be flooded, to halt British troops trying to infiltrate Philadelphia via the Delaware.
July 6, 2016
I WASN'T in Philly yet for the notorious Bicentennial non-celebration in 1976. A teenager then, I had only a vague understanding that a beyond-Nixon paranoid Mayor Frank Rizzo had warned citizens that the Manson Family was planning to spike the Schuylkill with LSD or some such thing. Everybody here stayed home (or so legend has it), and New York - with its tall ships and fireworks back in the day when people still actually liked fireworks - stole the day from Philadelphia. Again. Like DiMaggio in Game 2 of the '50 World Series all over again.
July 4, 2016
Have you strolled the famous Freedom Trail in Boston? Considering that it draws more than four million visitors a year, we'd wager quite a few of you have taken in such historic sights as Old North Church ("One if by Land, Two if by Sea") and Paul Revere's house. The Freedom Trail was created in 1951, and a thriving entity has grown around it to promote tourism. In 2014, a book publisher who had already produced a successful guide to Boston's Freedom Trail approached us about writing a similar guide to Philadelphia.
June 18, 2016 |
On Oct. 22, 1777, hundreds of Hessian troops marched on a smaller cohort of colonial soldiers, intent on taking control of Fort Mercer, an outpost on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River. The Hessians attacked on foot from two directions; in the river, six British ships had the fort blockaded. But the Americans took the Battle of Red Bank decisively. Soldiers fought valiantly on land while small American gunboats took on the British ships. The victory was a much-needed boost of morale for the colonial soldiers.
June 17, 2016 |
The Museum of the American Revolution, whose building at Third and Chestnut Streets has been under construction for two years, plans to announce Thursday that it will open its doors to the public April 19, 2017 - the 242nd anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord, considered the opening of hostilities between Britain and its North American colonies. When the smoke cleared following those nasty Massachusetts skirmishes so long ago, 122 fighters on both sides had lost their lives, and the colonies were launched on a revolutionary road that would not reach the goal of independence for eight arduous years.
June 2, 2016 |
Carole Palmer Hare, 75, of Moorestown, a former New Jersey leader of the Daughters of the American Revolution, died at home Friday, May 27, from complications from a fall in April. From 2007 to 2010, Mrs. Hare was regent for the New Jersey State Society of the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution. She had earlier been its corresponding secretary. For a time, she was also a vice chairman of its national organization. A member of the Moorestown-Isaac Burroughs Chapter of the DAR, Mrs. Hare was at times its chairman and its regent.
June 1, 2016 |
Under a canopy of trees, a solemn crowd gathered Monday in Washington Square Park to celebrate Memorial Day, not by reading a book on the benches or dipping their feet in the fountain, but by honoring America's first fallen soldiers. As they have for decades, organizers from the Daughters of the American Revolution and other patriotic organizations came to Philadelphia's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to lay a wreath in recognition of casualties of that war and others that followed.
May 30, 2016 |
Each morning this time of year, Ronn Shaffer strolls among the fading tombstones at the Old Pine Street Church graveyard to check on his flags. The flags marking the graves of once-forgotten patriots he has worked so hard to honor. The flags he makes sure are there every Memorial Day. A Vietnam-era Army veteran and president of the Old Pine Conservancy, Shaffer, 77, has dedicated his retirement to a noble project: identifying Revolutionary War veterans buried in the historic Society Hill graveyard - soldiers who for so long lay in obscurity.
May 24, 2016
People's Light, the professional nonprofit theater in Malvern, named the following trustees: Barbara A. Austell, retired senior vice president, finance, and treasurer of Aramark Corp.; Kenneth Hamm, retired chief actuary, global individual, at Cigna; Christopher Harris, vice president with Chubb; Deborah A. Logan, senior counsel of research and development, regulatory and commercial business, at Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc.; ...
April 28, 2016
Pennsylvania is now the state where one American Revolution sprang to life - and where a modern revolt completely stalled out. For thousands of Democrats who lined up outside YMCAs or firehouses to vote in places like West Philly under an unseasonably sweaty April haze yesterday, the so-called "year of the outsider" in American politics was as foreign as the Chinese new year. And so it was that the "political revolution" promised by a democratic socialist - and virtual stranger - from chilly Vermont was ground up in Philadelphia's Democratic machine like a dumpster full of rusty spare parts.