April 18, 2001 |
The financially strapped Civil War Library and Museum on Pine Street, which is seeking to lend an undetermined portion of its vast collection of Union-related artifacts to a proposed Virginia museum, has agreed not to move anything without court approval while a legal challenge to its plans is under way. In a consent agreement signed yesterday by Orphans' Court Judge Anne E. Lazarus, the museum also agreed to allow the State Attorney General's Office...
June 25, 2004 |
The vast holdings of the newly constituted Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum of Philadelphia will be completely inventoried over the next two years, thanks to a $341,000 grant from the William Penn Foundation. The comprehensive inventory and assessment of the collection's condition, possibly the first time the whole collection has been toted up and analyzed, will provide the basis for decisions regarding maintenance and housing for the museum's 3,000 artifacts, 7,000 photographs, 13,000-volume library, and huge cache of manuscripts, documents and letters.
October 21, 2003 |
A new Civil War and Underground Railroad museum will be established in Philadelphia, thanks to the resolution of legal action involving the troubled Civil War Library and Museum on Pine Street. At a City Hall news conference yesterday, state Attorney General Mike Fisher and State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo (D., Phila.) announced that a settlement had been reached in wide-ranging litigation brought by the state to prevent the museum from moving away from the city of its birth. The settlement creates a new, 17-member board of directors and broadens the scope of the museum to include materials related to the Underground Railroad.
March 8, 2010 |
He was a hero to the rank-and-file soldiers. He rode to the sound of the guns and was repeatedly wounded in some of the Civil War's most horrific battles. One hundred and forty-five years later, the horse that carried Union Gen. George Gordon Meade through fighting at Gettysburg again found himself in the middle of the fray. That time it was between two Philadelphia Civil War museums, each wanting his head. In the end, both sides won. The preserved head of Old Baldy had been a prized possession of the Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library in the city's Frankford section, and it was lent more than 30 years ago to the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia on Pine Street.
January 2, 2004 |
Tucked away on a tree-lined street in Center City Philadelphia is a museum that, since 1888, has been the repository of historical significance. The Civil War Library and Museum, located at 1805 Pine St., has accumulated over the years 3,000 artifacts, 7,000 photographs, a 13,000-volume library, and a trove of manuscripts, letters and documents. Our region came close to losing some of these treasured and historic items. Recently, an amicable settlement was reached following a lawsuit filed by the State Attorney Gen. Michael Fisher, State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo (D., Phila.
May 30, 2010 |
Brendan Kelley had been looking for a house big enough to accommodate the six children he and his wife were planning to have. Kelley, who works full time in finance at Aramark Corp., has been buying and rehabbing houses since 1996, "somewhat as a hobby. " So a Jan. 2, 2004, Inquirer article about plans to relocate the Civil War Library and Museum at 1805 Pine St. caught his eye. He walked there from his Smedley Street rowhouse, paid the $5 admission, and entered the first room.
September 26, 2009 |
They're stored in crates, bubble wrap, and archival boxes, locked away and awaiting their fate at an undisclosed Philadelphia storage facility. Under the packaging are wool uniforms and glistening swords worn by great generals of the Civil War, men who helped preserve the Union. Next to them are muskets, sidearms, and flags carried into desperate battles that determined the nation's fate. Since the closing of the Civil War Museum on Pine Street more than a year ago, at least 3,000 artifacts have been unseen by the public.
October 31, 2002 |
The financially strapped Civil War Library and Museum - known nationally for its exhaustive collection of artifacts, books, manuscripts, documents and photographs - will remain permanently bivouacked in Philadelphia, where it was established well over a century ago. A state capital appropriation of $15 million - backed by Sen. Vincent J. Fumo (D., Phila.) and Rep. James Roebuck (D., Phila.), passed by the legislature, and expected to be approved by Gov. Schweiker - will provide funding for a new Civil War facility, care for the museum's collection, and operating money for the immediate future.
March 24, 2002 |
Faced with tough economic prospects, exhibition opportunities, receptive funders, and the rise of so-called "heritage tourism," Philadelphia institutions are merging, combining, collaborating and cooperating in ways unheard-of for a city widely perceived as deeply conservative, if not backward, in its organizational thinking. Consider: When the financially troubled Civil War Library and Museum announced last year that it was planning to move some of its collection to Richmond, Va., Pennsylvania's attorney general challenged the move in court.
May 15, 2000 |
It seemed like a great idea, perfectly suited to Norristown's heritage: relocating the Civil War Museum, from Philadelphia to the now-mothballed former Montgomery County prison on DeKalb Street. And for a time late last year, there were talks about bringing the collection of 19th-century artifacts to the beleaguered county seat. County and borough officials agreed it was just the thing Norristown needed to attract tourists and launch its revitalization. But last week, many of those officials learned that the talks had ended months ago. The sought-after museum will stay put in Center City.