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.
December 21, 2015
Armando Valladares is the author of the best-selling memoir "Against All Hope" and the recipient of the Becket Fund's 2016 Canterbury Medal In December of 1785, George Washington received a letter from Quaker abolitionist Robert Pleasants pleading with him to make a priority of ending slavery. Eighty years later - 150 years ago this month - he got his wish. This month marks the sesquicentennial of the ratification of the 13th Amendment, which officially ended the scourge of slavery in America.
October 7, 2015 |
Perennial football powers put on impressive - even record-breaking - displays last week, but a relative newcomer to gridiron glory deserved special recognition for Week 6. Thomas Edison High, which had not beaten George Washington since 1964, defeated the host Eagles, 6-0, Friday in a win dedicated to a late teammate. "It was a big boost for [us]," second-year head coach Joe Gifford said. "For years, Edison has had a reputation that we were not competitive and that people who played us could put the 'W' in the win column before the game even started.
October 7, 2015 |
PERENNIAL football powers put on impressive - even record-breaking - displays last week, but a relative newcomer to gridiron glory gets the recognition for Week 6. Thomas Edison High, which hadn't beaten George Washington since 1964, defeated the host Eagles, 6-0, on Friday, in a victory dedicated to a late teammate. That performance was significant enough for the Owls - who arrived late for the game - to be named our Players of the Week. "I think it was a big boost for (us)
September 19, 2015 |
Yousef Abuhillo knows exactly what will keep his bread buttered later in life, and it likely won't be chasing after a football. It will, however, be what's housed underneath his helmet. The 5-foot-11, 181-pound George Washington linebacker took last season off to focus primarily on his studies. His first appearance on the honor roll was the result. Just don't mistake his willingness to walk away as a lack of enthusiasm for the game. On Thursday against Roxborough, his passion nearly made him run afoul of first-year head coach William "Skip" Singletary after Abuhillo returned an interception for a touchdown during the Eagles' 44-0 triumph at home.