June 24, 2007 |
Open-hearth cooking is not only alive and well in historic sites throughout South Jersey - folks are also taking courses on this old-fashioned craft, and it can even be seen in restaurants. The popularity is not surprising to Terry Haroin of Gloucester Township, the hearth cook at the Whitall House Museum, a revolutionary-era home located on the Red Bank Battlefield in National Park. Haroin learned open-hearth cooking 14 years ago after seeing demonstrations in Williamsburg, Va. A student of 18th-century life, she previously worked as a volunteer at the Olde Stone House in Washington Township.
March 10, 1994 |
Visitors to Pennsbury Manor and Washington Crossing Historic Park won't have to dig into their pockets Sunday before strolling the grounds of the historic sites. Admission will be free that day in celebration of Charter Day, commemorating the granting of the territory of Pennsylvania to William Penn. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commmission also is waiving admission fees at its 25 other sites and museums throughout the state in recognition of the signing of the Pennsylvania Charter in 1681 by King Charles II of England.
June 28, 1995 |
They were separate but not equal. And so, after the U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 mandate to integrate public schools, school boards simply shut down the "colored schools" where for decades black children had been educated, segregated from their white counterparts. Now, 41 years after Brown v. Board of Education, some black New Jerseyans are trying to reclaim those icons of their past. Lugenia Jefferson is among them. She attended the all-black Court Street School here from 1934 to 1943.
April 21, 1997 |
Swedes settled along the creek here in the 17th century. Then in colonial times, this town bustled with commerce as a stopping-off point between Philadelphia and Baltimore. By the 1800s, Darby had become a villa for Philadelphia's elite and a stop along the Underground Railroad. Today, few traces of Darby's rich history remain. Two-hundred-year-old stone dwellings on Main Street are pinned between 20th-century rowhouses. The original Borough Hall and the Bunting Freedom Friendship House - built before the Civil War, when Darby encompassed all of eastern Delaware County - lie abandoned.
December 1, 1996 |
The next three weekends traditionally are filled with untangling holiday lights, running from mall to mall, untangling more holiday lights, and searching for the perfect tree. Wouldn't it be a welcome change to slow the pace for just a few hours and enjoy the holiday magic? Historic sites throughout Montgomery County are offering the frazzled and the frenzied the opportunity to stroll leisurely through room upon festive room decorated with greens, wreaths and garland. Many of the houses reflect the simple manner in which Christmas was celebrated during the colonial period.
December 23, 2007 |
The state agency overseeing the expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Center yesterday began tearing off the facades of two historic buildings on North Broad Street in defiance of a protection ruling issued Thursday by the state's top preservation official. The demolition, which began at 6:30 a.m. and by midday had produced a waist-high pile of broken limestone, sent shock waves through Philadelphia's preservation community, which was still celebrating Thursday's action by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
November 5, 2003 |
Montgomery County voters approved a $150 million "Green Fields and Green Towns" ballot initiative yesterday, Pennsylvania's most expensive plan to preserve open space. Enjoying the support of Republicans and Democrats, developers and environmentalists, the initiative passed easily by more than a 3-1 ratio. The money will be used to buy land to keep it from being developed and to pay for park improvements, trail development, and preservation of historic sites, farmland and natural resources.
June 8, 1989 |
The city archaeologist yesterday inspected a torn-up sidewalk behind the historic Cliveden mansion on Germantown Avenue and gave the go-ahead for work to continue on a new gas line in an area where Cliveden officials feared that Revolutionary War objects might be buried. Archeologist Carmen Weber said it was safe to dig along Morton Street, the back border of the mansion grounds, because the area had been dug around the turn of the century, when the street was laid, and anything worth saving was probably taken then, said Jennifer Esler, Cliveden's executive director.
December 24, 1998 |
The raging seven-alarm fire in Old City last week that gutted a row of 19th-century buildings and burned threateningly close to the Betsy Ross House and other historic sites was deliberately set, authorities said yesterday. "It was an arson," Executive Fire Chief Henry Dolberry said. "It was an open flame applied to an ignitable liquid. " Dolberry, a spokesman for Fire Commissioner Harold B. Hairston, declined to identify the flammable liquid. Investigators had no suspects.
December 28, 1995 |
If Newt and Bill are going to shut the government down, Mayor Rendell wants the keys to Independence Hall back. Rendell has written the Interior Department, telling them he wants local volunteers to run the Liberty Bell and key buildings in Independence Historical Park until the government shutdown ends. "We hope that they will agree to do it," Rendell said. "They've done it in other locations. And we've also gently suggested that this may be more than a request, since we own Independence Hall and we own the Liberty Bell itself.