April 29, 1987 |
A contingent of Revolutionary War soldiers led by George Washington will parade down Main Street in Medford on Friday as the annual "Historic Medford Village" spring festival is renewed for the fifth year this weekend. Dressed in colonial military attire and armed with muskets and gunpowder, about a dozen actors from the Laurie Company of Revolutionary Soldiers, based in Burlington, will portray the Second New Jersey Regiment Friday evening, and Saturday May 2 from 10 a.m to 5 p.m, according to festival coordinator Connie Brown.
January 10, 2002 |
Evening in the Colonial Kitchen is going strong this winter at the Cock 'n Bull restaurant at Peddler's Village in Lahaska. This annual series of dinner programs features a meal and a visit by two historical characters from 5 to 9 p.m. every Monday from November through March. This Monday, George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette, who served with him, will appear. Each program includes a meal ($15.95, $8.95 for children 10 and under), conversation with the characters, demonstrations of colonial cooking on an open hearth, and food tastings.
February 15, 1993 |
Bill Harris and Rick Young are well equipped when they travel. They pack a screwdriver, fishing tackle, a few turkey calls, an ax, birdshot, a priming horn, ammunition, a smooth bore muzzle loader, a pepper grinder, a salt stick, venison jerky, a hunting knife, one hard tea brick, cups made from gourds and cow horns, some dried corn, a fork with two prongs, a sewing kit, a compass, some deer hides, flint, a magnifying glass, a sack of coffee, a...
July 26, 1992 |
It's hard for historians to get a handle on John Morton, Delaware County's only signer of the Declaration of Independence. To start with, there isn't even a portrait known to have been made before his death. The house once said to be his apparently wasn't. There are scant details about his birth and early life. Even his tie-breaking vote in the Pennsylvania delegation on July 4, 1776 - a vote that may well have changed the course of American history - is in dispute. His death from consumption nine months later - he was the first of the signers to die - left almost everything else about him, even the place of his death, to conjecture.
April 15, 1990 |
Nicholas A. Panagoplos of Upper Darby has been selected by the National Reference Institute of Washington for inclusion in the 1990 issue of Who's Who in American Education. Panagoplos is employed by the School District of Philadelphia, where he has served as a teacher, supervisor, vice principal and executive assistant in the office of curriculum. George W. Franz, an assistant professor of history at the Delaware County Campus of Pennsylvania State University in Middletown, has been awarded the university's George W. Atherton Award for excellence in teaching.
September 22, 2012 |
larissa Dillon used to mortify her teenage son by wearing her work clothes - a colonial-style getup - while driving him somewhere. "He'd say, 'Oh for God's sake, Mom, you look like a baby in that bonnet!' " she recalls. But Dillon was - and, at 79, remains - unmoved. That's because for this ardent devotee of 18th-century "domestic arts" in Southeastern Pennsylvania, everything about ordinary life at that time, in this place, is worth exploring. If that means "wearing funny clothes" and sporting what looks remarkably like a baby bonnet at the wheel of her car, too bad. And by the way, it's not a bonnet.
February 10, 1997 |
Why are we a rich nation? It's tempting to suggest our wealth is a result of bountiful natural resources. However, if bountiful resources were the source of wealth, South America and Africa would be rich instead of being mired in poverty. Japan and England, natural resources-poor nations, would be poor instead of rich. Development experts and foreign-aid hustlers would have us believe that past colonialism accounts for Third World poverty. That explanation ignores the fact that United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong have a colonial history and are rich, while Nepal, Tibet, Liberia and Ethiopia weren't colonies and are among the world's poorest nations.
February 17, 2012
There's something irresistibly fascinating about the contrast created when a flower blooms atop a pile of rubble. That may be why a proposal to build a park along three miles of abandoned railroad beds, alternately running over and under the ground, is so intriguing. The beautiful-ugly of Philadelphia's industrial past has sent imaginations soaring around the train tracks, which run roughly from Girard Avenue east of Kelly Drive to about Ninth Street and Fairmount Avenue. Paul vanMeter and a group of like-minded urban re-imaginers have organized themselves under the banner Viaductgreene.org, and are building support for the new park, which would showcase the city's former life as a vital manufacturing hub. People will be able to walk or cycle along the old train beds and into the underground tunnels, where they may find vendors or historical exhibits.
November 4, 1996 |
Revolutionary War patriots who forged iron cannonballs in this historic Pinelands village more than 200 years ago will not be forgotten. Nor will history ignore the Victorian side of the town that Philadelphia industrialist Joseph Wharton once used as a summer escape. Under a plan released by the state last week, both aspects of Batsto Village's heritage will be preserved, ending a three-year battle between state officials and the Batsto Citizens Committee, a historic-preservation group.
June 6, 2000 |
A Cherry Hill developer is once again approaching the borough in an attempt to build a CVS drugstore on the site of the 18th-century home of Frederick Muhlenberg, the first speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and the first signer of the Bill of Rights. Site Development Inc., which first proposed the 10,000-square-foot store last year, is scheduled to appear before the local Planning Commission June 20, Borough Manager Alan Cartacki said. Neither officials at Site Development nor the company's attorney, Douglas Breidenbach, returned phone calls yesterday.