April 4, 2014 |
Just when you thought every kind of spy story had been told, here comes AMC's new espionage drama, Turn , which tells the story of the spies who played a key part in the birth of our nation. An uneven, if promising, period drama set during the American Revolution, the series premieres at 9 p.m. on Sunday. Based on historian Alexander Rose's 2006 book, Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy , the drama chronicles the key role a group of covert agents on Long Island called the Culper Ring played in helping George Washington formulate his strategy against the British.
March 7, 2014 |
OLD CITY Demolition is just weeks away, and $102 million has been raised or pledged for the $150 million Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia's historic district, officials said at a ceremony Wednesday at Third and Chestnut Streets. Former Gov. Ed Rendell, who helped choose the museum site and who has assisted with fund-raising, stood amid costumed reenactors under a chilly morning sun to herald the new tourist attraction and solicit more donors for a museum that would be the only one of its kind in the nation when it opens in 2016.
February 22, 2014
Work in progress As the director of the Museum of the American Revolution, I welcome the Art Commission to an ongoing conversation ("City Art Commission tells Revolutionary War museum architect to try again," Feb. 16). We are building on a tight urban site, rich in history, located in the midst of a dynamic and resurgent neighborhood, and subject to height limitations - yet must still achieve an ambitious vision. It is for all these reasons that we selected Robert A. M. Stern Architects.
February 5, 2014
A story Monday on the Museum of the American Revolution overstated its projected cost. The current figure is $150 million.
January 24, 2014 |
Marjorie Fletcher Thomson Bowden, 88, of Villanova and Mantoloking, N.J., an amateur historian and descendant of a noted 19th-century silversmith, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, of cancer at Meadowood Retirement Community in Worcester Township. Mrs. Bowden assisted with research on a number of projects, including a history of Radnor Township, A Rare and Pleasing Thing by Katherine Cummin, and a book on the family history of her ancestor Jan Luyken, a Quaker who settled in Germantown in 1683.
September 23, 2013 |
LONDON - In 1757, Benjamin Franklin made a drastic career change. He left behind his businesses in Philadelphia for a move to England, where he represented the diplomatic interests of the colonies. The London home of the famous Philadelphian was renovated and opened to the public in 2006, coinciding with the 300th anniversary of his birth. It's the only Franklin house in the world that's still standing. When Franklin moved into the brick townhome at 36 Craven Street, he thought he would be away for only a few months to mediate disputes between the English Parliament and the increasingly restive colonies.
August 26, 2013 |
He was browsing through a flea market in New Hope about 25 years ago when he first eyed the dark, varnish-covered document behind a cracked glass pane amid other old frames. Tom Lingenfelter felt drawn to the relic, though it was "filthy and disintegrating. " Was this a souvenir copy of the Declaration of Independence issued during the nation's 1876 Centennial? Lingenfelter spotted the words Anastatic Fac-simile printed on the document, decided to buy it for $100, then stored it for about 15 years, not realizing what he had. Not until 2006, when he learned about an ingenious but destructive early copying process and compared his Declaration with another rare anastatic copy, held by the National Park Service at Independence National Historical Park.
June 15, 2013 |
At a critical moment, with American forces in full retreat, George Washington appeared on horseback to rally his troops and turn the tide against the pursuing British. The Battle of Monmouth - June 28, 1778 - showcased Washington's leadership and the growing effectiveness of the Continental Army after its six-month encampment and drilling at Valley Forge. It will be marked Friday with the opening of an $8.5 million visitor center at Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan, N.J., and, on Saturday and Sunday, with the re-creation of the clash for its 235th anniversary, with nearly 1,000 Revolutionary War reenactors.
June 9, 2013 |
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - I received the message from the revolutionary agent who, despite her 18th-century dress and speech, had no time for period delivery services. When America's freedom is at stake, and the park is closing in a few hours, we patriots cannot wait for a carrier pigeon or a horseback-riding courier. My phone bleeped with the next clue in the interactive game "RevQuest: The Lion and the Unicorn. " Ever loyal to the American Revolution and my iPhone, I did as I was told.
April 18, 2013 |
The stone walls of the house Thomas Rutter built in Berks County have remained sturdy over centuries - from the colonial period and American Revolution to the Civil War and on to the present. Within them, Rutter and his descendants were first to plot the course, in the early 1700s, of the iron industry in Pennsylvania, and later supplied munitions to George Washington's Continental Army. At the Pine Forge Mansion, overlooking the Manatawney Creek, the Rutters spoke out against slavery and turned their home into a stop on the Underground Railroad network that helped thousands of African Americans find freedom.