June 7, 2012 |
Rarely has a piece of land been the site of such intense clashes for so long. The Princeton Battlefield, where George Washington's army defeated British regulars for the first time 235 years ago, became the focus of renewed fighting Wednesday after being named by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the country's 11 most-endangered historic places. While the designation does not, by itself, protect the property, it provides ammunition to local preservationists and historians in the nonprofit Princeton Battlefield Society, which has opposed plans for construction of faculty housing by the neighboring Institute for Advanced Study.
June 6, 2012 |
Darth Vader is about to be rewarded for his philanthropy. On Nov. 19, actor James Earl Jones, whose voice gave life to the famous "Star Wars" character, will join Bill Cosby, Elizabeth Taylor and Oprah Winfrey on the list of accomplished Marian Anderson Award recipients. Mayor Nutter made the official announcement at the Sofitel hotel on Monday. The award — which honors philanthropic artists with a gift of $50,000 — is given each year in the name of Philadelphia contralto Marian Anderson.
June 5, 2012 |
James Earl Jones, thunder-voiced actor of stage and screen, is the recipient of the 2012 Marian Anderson Award, Mayor Nutter announced Monday, citing Jones' "culture-changing" theater roles and his "iconic" work as the voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars. The honor named for Anderson, the Philadelphia-born contralto who lifted her voice in the fight for social justice, will be presented to Jones at a Kimmel Center gala, Nutter said. Previous winners include actors Sidney Poitier, Gregory Peck, Harry Belafonte, and Mia Farrow, and poet Maya Angelou.
February 14, 2012 |
Michael C. Quinn, 59, longtime head of the Montpelier Foundation, which operates the Virginia home of President James Madison, has been named president and chief executive officer of the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. Quinn succeeds Bruce Cole, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, who left the museum last year to pursue his own writing and scholarship. Cole remains an adviser to the museum's board. "Mike Quinn has a strong background in the founding history of this nation that makes him uniquely suited to lead the center," H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, board chairman of the private American Revolution Center, nonprofit operator of the museum, said in a statement Monday.
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,...
December 30, 2011
By Silvio Laccetti Could American civilization collapse? You bet! All others have, and we don't need a Mayan calendar to foreshadow a cataclysm in 2012. Signs of the dissolution of the American state are everywhere. When we speak of states in America, we usually mean something like New Jersey. Elsewhere, however, the state is the central government (as well as provincial and local governments) - an entity or apparatus with a life of its own. And for most of the history of the world, with very few exceptions, the state in this sense has been legitimized by gods and kings; hence the declaration often attributed to Louis XIV: "I am the state.
December 6, 2011
A TINY SOUTH Philadelphia rowhouse on the 1800 block of Webster Street, where the legendary singer Marian Anderson was born, is up for sale. For only $349,900 you can own a piece of American history, maybe even turn it into a small museum and earn a little pocket change in exchange for showing out-of-towners around. I'm guessing there won't be any takers, despite the fact that Marian Anderson is one of the most acclaimed singers of the 20th century. She's also a civil-rights icon, most celebrated for the concert she gave on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1939 after the Daughters of the American Revolution barred her from performing at Constitution Hall because she was black.
November 25, 2011 |
Terror, patriotism, the free market, racial equality: It's not farfetched to say that the issues of the American Revolution still obsess us. Now, with the announcement that a new Museum of the American Revolution will open in 2015 at Third and Chestnut, we will have a place dedicated to sorting them out. "It's a great opportunity to really deepen our understanding of the formative moment," says Daniel Richter, director of the McNeil Center for...
November 4, 2011
Marie B. Merry Ludlow, 93, formerly of Bryn Mawr, a hospital volunteer for more than 50 years, died of Parkinson's disease, Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Waverly Heights, a retirement community in Gladwyne. Mrs. Ludlow was a longtime member of the Women's Board of Thomas Jefferson Hospital and in the early 1950s helped establish the Penny Wise Thrift Shop in Ardmore. Proceeds from the Ardmore shop benefit the hospital. Until she was well into her 80s, she was a volunteer at Bryn Mawr Hospital.
November 1, 2011 |
Third time's the charm. After years of debate, two rejected sites and immeasurable frustration, plans for the Museum of the American Revolution are finally under way, with the announcement Tuesday that the architect chosen to design the museum is - again - Robert A.M. Stern. "The institution is incredibly important," Stern said. "It's a thrill to be part of the process. " And, no doubt, a test of patience. The New York architect, longtime dean of the Yale School of Architecture, has been selected twice before to design the museum - first in 2004, when it was to be built in Valley Forge National Historical Park, and a year later, when the site was moved to an adjacent property.