June 1, 2011
Sarah Palin, her family and staff piled into a tour bus that was wrapped with the words "One Nation" and a picture of the Constitution and are touring historic sites in the Northeast. Where they've been: MONDAY: _ The National Archives in Washington, D.C. _ George Washington's home, Mount Vernon, Virginia _ Fort McHenry in Baltimore. _ Gettysburg National Military Park. YESTERDAY: _ The Coffee Express (a diner, not a historical site) in Dillsburg, York County, Pa. _ Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Manhattan, dinner with Donald Trump.
June 7, 1995 |
The rockets' red glare couldn't destroy it. The bombs bursting in air left Fort McHenry's flag flying. Lucky for U.S. troops, the British didn't have Elyse Cohen on their side. Cohen, of course, didn't want to conquer the bastion of Baltimore's harbor, the site of the 1814 battle that inspired "The Star-Spangled Banner. " She just wanted her daughter's eighth-grade class to see it. Whatever the Secret Service said. It all started Friday, when Cohen was working as a volunteer in the office of the Spruance Elementary School in the Northeast.
July 20, 1989 |
School board members don't often get to hear first-hand how their policies affect children. But the Jenkintown school board recently heard in great detail about that rite of spring - the class trip - from 35 grateful Jenkintown Elementary School fifth graders who took a day trip to Baltimore with their teachers, David Seitz and Paulette Sternan-Soroko. In neatly penned letters shared by Superintendent David R. Barrett 3d at a board meeting July 10, the 10- and 11-year-olds thanked the board for paying $900 for the June 2 trip, which took them to Harborplace, Fort McHenry and other Baltimore sights.
August 13, 1989 |
My friends and I are planning a golf vacation next year to coincide with the British Open at St. Andrews, Scotland. How can we get tickets and arrange to play at St. Andrews the Monday after the tournament? Next year's British Open is scheduled for July 19 to 22, and getting into the tournament as part of the gallery is a great deal easier than as a player. Individual tickets can be booked in advance through Keith Prowse & Co. in New York for $33, but must be picked up in the company's London office.
April 8, 2011 |
Freeman's annual spring sale of American furniture, folk, and decorative arts has more than its usual complement of historically significant objects. Coinciding with the 2011 Philadelphia Antiques Show, the sale Wednesday will offer 600 lots, including: Ninety-one lots deaccessioned from Cliveden, the Chew family mansion and site of the 1777 Revolutionary War Battle of Germantown that is now maintained by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A single-owner collection of more than 20 busts and portraits of Benjamin Franklin, including a none-too-flattering rendition of him as "the politician.
September 15, 1986 |
As the last civilian commander of the Frankford Arsenal, Tiberio Panaccio, 59, was the man who locked all the doors when the historic facility in Northeast Philadelphia was closed in 1982. Yesterday, he returned for the first time in four years. "Thank God it has come back to life," he said. "The grounds are beautiful, and a fabulous job has been done. I have not seen the place look like this since the early 1970s. It is really alive again. " Indeed it is, especially yesterday when more than 500 people, including Mayor Goode, other elected officials and Mark Hankin, the developer who turned the arsenal into the Arsenal Business Center, celebrated the landmark's 170th birthday and the 172d anniversary of the writing of the national anthem.
December 11, 1988 |
Like Francis Scott Key, I found my accommodations in Baltimore somewhat by accident. Key, after all, did not exactly make a reservation to accompany the British to the bombardment of Baltimore. He was negotiating the release of a prisoner of war in 1814 when the fleet sailed for Fort McHenry. Key and William Beanes, the prisoner in question, were along for the ride. The rest is, literally, history. And history is easy to come by in Baltimore, when you set your sights beyond the sites that draw millions of visitors to the popular Inner Harbor.
March 11, 2012
Tim McGrath is the author of John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail In 1958, Walt Disney aired a mini-series of Esther Forbes' classic story Johnny Tremain , introducing baby boomers to the adventurous boy who participated in the American Revolution. Weeks later, I bought a 10-cent Disney comic titled "Old Ironsides," a fictionalized account of the USS Constitution's battle with the British frigate Guerriere in 1812. The hero of the tale was the cabin boy - Johnny Tremain.
June 14, 1987 |
The U.S. Postal Service will issue a 14-cent flag postal card today, National Flag Day, in ceremonies at Fort McHenry in Baltimore. The Postal Service usually holds first-day-of-issue ceremonies in the morning or afternoon, with booths set up to sell stamps and apply cancellations. The Fort McHenry ceremonies, however, are scheduled for shortly before 7 p.m., to coincide with festivities. Fireworks, a parade, music and speakers, including Secretary of the Army John O. Marsh and Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer, will highlight the celebration at the fort about which Francis Scott Key wrote the national anthem during a bombardment in the War of 1812.
September 16, 1990 |
For two-thirds of the 50 million foreign-born who came to the United States from 1820 to 1987, New York was freedom's door and the Statue of Liberty was its distinctive symbol. But for the rest of the immigrants who arrived in that period, it was neither Ellis Island nor John F. Kennedy International Airport that was their portal to a new land. For them, there were other doors, other symbols. Beacon Hill in Boston was one, Fort McHenry in Baltimore another. The San Gabriel Mountains rippling through Los Angeles and the Mississippi River ambling by New Orleans were two more.