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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.
NEWS
June 7, 1995 | By Jeff Gelles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
July 20, 1989 | By Eileen Kenna, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
August 13, 1989 | By Donald D. Groff, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
April 8, 2011 | By David Iams, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
September 15, 1986 | By Lacy McCrary, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 11, 1988 | By Charlene Mires, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
LIVING
June 14, 1987 | By Dominic Sama, Inquirer Stamps Writer
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.
NEWS
September 16, 1990 | By Murray Dubin, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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NEWS
May 28, 2012
By Walter Fox   I remember as a boy seeing the rusted cast-iron flag holder, bearing the letters "G.A.R. " encircled by a wreath, on a grave in my mother's family plot. I knew even then that someone in her family had served in the Civil War, but I was never really clear on who that person was.   My mother's aunt confided in me that he had died of a disease contracted from "sleeping in doorways" during the war. Since that didn't make much sense to me then, I don't recall pursuing it any further.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
April 8, 2011 | By David Iams, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
February 8, 2011
Another music icon flubs the anthem Poor Francis Scott Key! Again, another of our musical icons has figured out a way to disgrace his immortal words ("Christina Aguilera flubs the national anthem," Monday)! Most third graders have memorized the words of "The Star-Spangled Banner," penned at the Battle of Fort McHenry during that terrifying night. But each time someone decides to put her musical "spin" on Key's memorable words, somehow, she manages to ruin it. If Canadian singers can beautifully sing "O Canada" both in English and French and without the added flourish, why can't we find someone to sing our national anthem in the respectful way it was intended?
NEWS
October 18, 2001 | By Jane R. Eisner
When Irving Berlin died in 1989, more than a century old, a small group of people gathered outside his home on Beekman Place in New York City and spontaneously broke into song. The strains of "God Bless America" drifted down the streets of the city as an impromptu tribute to its author and the nation he so devoutly embraced. A patriotic song, Berlin had once written, "is an emotion. " Obviously, the man knew what he was talking about. The song for which Berlin is most famous has, since the events of Sept.
NEWS
July 9, 2000 | By Mike Shoup, FOR THE INQUIRER
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? - From "The Star-Spangled Banner," by Francis Scott Key. Indeed, the flag does still wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave. And thankful we can all be for that. But the original flag that led to those words - the one that flew over Baltimore's Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 and inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem that became our national anthem - has been having big problems.
NEWS
November 27, 1998 | By James A. Duffy, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
For more than 30 years the flag has hung, carefully shrouded in muted light to protect its fragile fabric, at the center of a great three-story hall in the heart of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. It's the original Star-Spangled Banner - the 185-year-old survivor of a fierce British naval bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore's harbor on Sept. 13-14, 1814. Still waving at dawn after that unsuccessful assault, it inspired the writing of the national anthem.
NEWS
August 7, 1998 | By Ron Hutcheson
There's a lot of hand-wringing in Washington these days about how to keep Social Security afloat when the baby-boom generation hits retirement age. I'm pleased to report that I have the answer: corporate sponsorship. I got the idea from Ralph Lauren. He recently shook off his entourage to join President Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. Lauren earned a spot on stage by pledging $13 million to restore one of the museum's treasures: the flag that inspired "The Star-Spangled Banner.
NEWS
January 26, 1997 | By Louise Harbach, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Even Tom Hedden admits the title of his piece lacks pizzazz, but the Tabernacle composer still has high hopes for his anthem, "The Super Bowl. " After all, he reasons, thousands of people recognize the anthem of the Olympic Games. Why not the anthem of the Super Bowl? Today's contest between the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots will mark the first Super Bowl with its own anthem - one created by Hedden. The Louisiana Philharmonic is scheduled to debut "The Super Bowl" just before the players are announced.
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