January 22, 2008 |
Excitement pervades historic Gettysburg, Pa., as National Park Service officials prepare for the April opening of the new museum and visitor center. Licensed battlefield guides share that excitement, as most guided tours will begin at the center. The facility is superb, but park administrators have instituted procedures governing how tours are booked and paid for that concern guides deeply. Gettysburg is American history at its grandest. To help visitors experience it, the park service tests and licenses battlefield guides.
September 17, 1992 |
The Better Business Bureau is making guides available to help business owners comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The law, which went into effect Jan. 26, requires all commercial establishments to be accessible to people with disabilities. The six easy-to-read guidebooks were jointly written by the bureau and the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund with money from a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. Each of the guides presents an overview of the new law, defines "public accommodations," and describes easy ways for business owners to comply with the law. Also explained are tax incentives for making buildings more accessible.
April 23, 2007 |
I took a horse-and-carriage ride recently through "ye olde historic" Philadelphia. It cost $40 plus a tip, but it was worth every penny for all the great, new - sometimes mind-boggling - historical "facts" provided by my driver. For instance, I never knew that Dr. Benjamin Rush "killed George Washington by bleeding him and giving him cough medicine with mercury in it. " "Wow," I proclaimed, "I didn't even know that George Washington died here in Philadelphia. " "Yeah, he died in Philadelphia, but he was a very old man at that time," my driver told me. I also thought I knew how Society Hill got its name, but apparently I was wrong about that, too. The driver said William Penn gave this area to "The Society of Freemason.
January 19, 1995 |
If gavel-to-gavel television coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial isn't enough, there are several books and other publications to help you through it. Two guides - a book and an interactive CD-ROM system - stand out from the pack: "Trial of the Century: You Be the Juror" is described as an "interactive" guide by publisher Marcon Ltd., but it is interactive only to the extent you use a pen or pencil to fill in the blanks provided for you throughout...
June 9, 1994 |
Some local tour guides are upset about a Rendell administration effort to create a new tour operation for the Independence Park historic district. In fact, they're almost insulted by the notion. "I don't think there's anybody else who can come in here and do it better," said Michael Slocum, president of several local tour companies, including 76 Carriage Co. and Ben Franklin Carriage Co. "I think it's a waste of money," he said of the city's effort. Historic Philadelphia, a nonprofit corporation, was formed by the city earlier this year to market historic Philadelphia.
July 29, 1990 |
The informative Best Places to Stay guidebooks are now being published by Houghton Mifflin Co., which has been busily expanding and revising this excellent series. According to Marya Labarthe, a Houghton Mifflin publicist, the just- published books on Florida, California and the Caribbean are new titles, while the one on New England has been completely updated. The other series volumes - on the Southwest, Asia, Hawaii, the Pacific Northwest and American cities - are still as obtained from Harvard Common Press, but will be revised.
February 14, 2008 |
Bad weather is no obstacle for true love. Rain and cold slowed sales of giant teddy bears on North Broad Street yesterday, but couldn't stop them. Chris Wilson, 20, a student a Community College of Philadelphia, bought two in a noon downpour - one for his mother and another for his girlfriend. "They're special people," Wilson said of his two valentines. "They got confidence in me and what I'm doing. " He is studying psychology, and hopes to become a school psychologist.
September 26, 2004 |
I tease my husband because he once said, "When I retire, I could see myself working at the AAA office, helping to plan trips for other people. " Mr. AAA has been planning trips and playing tour guide for me and my two children for the nine wonderful years we have been married. He was a confirmed downtown Philadelphia bachelor at 35 when I introduced him to suburban life, two young children, and animals he was allergic to. Like a fish to water he took to parenthood and set out to show us the United States, retracing his childhood travels.
December 28, 2007 |
Members of an elite corps of Civil War historians who take visitors on in-depth tours of the Gettysburg battlefield claim new rules being imposed by the National Park Service will threaten their nearly century-old organization. The park service, as part of its reorganization ahead of the opening of the battlefield's new visitor center in April, established a new tour schedule and reservation system and changed how and when the licensed battlefield guides get paid. The Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides says the new system effectively ends their ability to control their work schedules and will reduce the number of tours they give.
October 11, 2000 |
In the name of science, a 10-canoe flotilla bearing 20 advanced-placement students from Upper Dublin High School navigated the cold and rippling waters of the Schuylkill yesterday. Their mission: To travel six miles, from Phoenixville to Valley Forge, gathering samples, examining wildlife, and conducting a series of pH, phosphate, nitrate, bacteria and other tests to determine the water quality and health of the river. The results will be sent to the Great Valley Nature Center, which, for two years, has led and provided equipment and guides to schools across Chester and Montgomery Counties as part of its "outdoor-school" program.