September 17, 2016 |
In the big, ongoing festival of American culture, the National Mall in Washington is the main stage. Ever since the Smithsonian Institution erected its imposing stone castle there in 1855, the linear park has been assembling an all-star lineup of museums and monuments that collectively tell our nation's story. The mall has even managed to find room for events that happened abroad, like the Holocaust. And yet, a fundamental part of the American story, one that informs almost everything that happens in our country, has largely been left out of the mix. That omission will finally be rectified Sept.
September 2, 2016
George Washington fought here, won here, and is about to get bulldozed out of here. "Here" is Maxwell's Field, a small patch of flat, slightly rolling land near Princeton University that historians call "hallowed ground" and site of the "turning point" of the Revolutionary War. Local and national preservationists want to keep the land as it is, which is largely as Gen. Washington found it when he routed the British Redcoats in the Battle of...
August 30, 2016 |
Mike Watkins is not surprised by Max Bryson's bruising and effective rushing style. That's because Watkins, Bishop McDevitt's rookie head coach, has watched the quarterback shine on the pitch. "If he sees a seam, he takes it and goes," Watkins said. "I've seen him do the same thing in rugby. " Bryson, a third-year starter at QB, is a member of the Blackthorn Rugby Football Club. He joined his brother, Sean, in playing for the program's men's squad over the summer. The boys' sister, Emily, plays the sport at Millersville.
August 29, 2016 |
Since it plays against talent-heavy and larger-enrollment schools in the Ches-Mont League National Division, it's essential that Bishop Shanahan sharpen its skills in the early going. Though they faced undermanned George Washington, the visiting Eagles generated some positive vibes with a 56-13 romp in their season opener Saturday afternoon at Mickey Young Memorial Stadium. Shanahan built a 28-0 advantage in the opening 16 minutes, with Brendan Dearing making a pair of touchdown catches, and substituted freely the rest of the way. "Every kid wants to play a lot in the first game, but you have to understand the situation," Dearing said.
August 9, 2016 |
Comic book writer turned best-selling author Brad Meltzer's new book House of Secrets (co-written with Tod Goldberg) was inspired by a seed planted years ago. "I was at the National Archives and they showed me a document that was called an 'Oath of Allegiance,' which is what George Washington used to have his military officers sign," Meltzer told philly.com/ in an exclusive interview. "They handed me an 'Oath of Allegiance' that was signed by Benedict Arnold. " The last moments between George Washington and Benedict Arnold are some of the most heartbreaking in U.S. history," he continued.
July 13, 2016 |
Supporters of the Paoli Battlefield are a step closer to persuading Washington to designate the Main Line site - an encampment that swam in patriot blood on a September night in 1777 - a national historic landmark. The research and documentation they submitted have put the 40-acre Chester County tract into contention for the nation's highest historic designation, according to the National Park Service's National Historic Landmark Program and the American Battlefield Protection Program.
July 5, 2016
By David Davenport and Gordon Lloyd When we celebrate the Fourth of July with a three-day weekend vacation, picnics, and fireworks, we sometimes forget the real meaning of the holiday. The quiz below provides an opportunity for you to test and refresh your civic knowledge of the landmark occasion in American history that we celebrate. 1. The Fourth of July commemorates what important historic occasion? a. The end of the Revolutionary War b. The signing of the Declaration of Independence c. Adoption of the Declaration of Independence by Congress d. The signing of the Constitution 2. In which city was the Declaration of Independence signed?
March 2, 2016
A small but scrappy band of history lovers is fighting to save a Bellmawr landmark that endured the American Revolution but may not survive the reconstruction of I-295 and Route 42. The Hugg-Harrison-Glover House, built in 1764 on farmland that has long been part of St. Mary's Cemetery, could be torn down this year in the second phase of the epic, $900 million "Direct Connection" project. The "Save the Hugg House!" group hopes to rally public support for moving the structure - now perched on a precipice above the work zone - about 100 feet to safety.
February 11, 2016 |
St. Joseph's at George Washington Wednesday, 7 p.m., Charles E Smith Center, Washington TV/Radio: The Comcast Network/WNTP 990 AM. Records: St. Joseph's, 19-4 overall, 8-2 Atlantic 10; George Washington, 18-5, 7-3. On St. Joseph's: At 8-0, the Hawks have the nation's best road record. GW is 12-1 at home. Overall, the Hawks have won eight of their last nine games after Saturday's 82-60 win at Fordham. On George Washington: The Colonials are coming off their first ever win at first-place VCU, Saturday's 72-69 victory.
December 26, 2015 |
Everything you think you know about George Washington's leading his troops across the Delaware River on Christmas Day 1776? It's probably wrong, especially if you're basing your knowledge on a certain oil painting. Those who want a more accurate depiction of that event can journey Friday to Washington Crossing Historic Park in Bucks County, where more than 300 reenactors in appropriate colonial dress - including the good general himself - will re-create scenes from that night 239 years ago, crossing the river to New Jersey in replicas of the actual craft used by the Continental Army.