May 9, 2011 |
An excavation at a Westmoreland County site once occupied by Monongahela Indians produced abundant evidence of two villages and allowed researchers to piece together the violent end of the later settlement at the hands of invaders who sacked it, massacred its inhabitants, and burned houses and food stores, said William C. Johnson, an adviser to the project. But when Johnson returned last year to the dig, called the Kirshner site, he was stunned. "There is a drill rig and catchment basin sitting on half the village," said Johnson, who earned a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh and served as senior prehistoric archaeologist for Michael Baker Jr. Engineering Inc. "You have something there - which is better than you get with [excavations of]
April 8, 2011 |
As tourists visited Philadelphia's historic sites today in an advance of a possible government shut down, other would-be visitors to the city were being urged not to change their plans this weekend if the federal budget impasse remains unbroken. While Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell would be closed in the event of a shutdown, other historic sites and museums in and around Independence Mall will be open. They include the National Constitution Center, the Betsy Ross House, Carpenters Hall, the National Jewish Museum, and the Christ Church Burial Ground, where Ben Franklin and four other signers of the Declaration of Independence are interred.
March 21, 2011 |
A mansion whose socialite owner inspired a Hollywood movie. A popular venue for weddings that was built for the son of the owner of the country's largest distillery. An entire village that was once the bustling center of Radnor and is now just a busy intersection. What do they have in common? They all played a significant role in Radnor's history but are in danger of becoming lost to development, according to the Radnor Historical Society. "Their historic and aesthetic value is inestimable and their loss would be deeply felt by future generations," the group said in naming these and eight other iconic properties to its first Preservation Watch List.
March 18, 2011 |
Mina Cockroft can't wait for the day when Historic Eden Cemetery has the prominence she says the people buried on its 53 acres deserve. The Collingdale cemetery is the final resting place for a host of Philadelphia luminaries. William Still, an abolitionist known as the father of the Underground Railroad, is buried within walking distance of famed opera singer Marian Anderson and not far from Julian Abele, an architect who had a prominent role in designing the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Yet, the cemetery founded to give African Americans a place to bury their dead is just getting by, says Cockroft, Eden's general manager.
November 22, 2010 |
NOT PLAYING Linda Lovelace may be the best thing that ever happened to Lindsay Lohan . Aside from rehab, that is. Although Tattle was unconvinced the Lovelace biopic "Inferno" was ever going to happen - with or without Lindsay - writer-director Matthew Wilder now says his production team is negotiating with another actress and will make an announcement soon. ( People magazine says Malin Akerman of "The Heartbreak Kid" has agreed to take on the role.) With any casting change there's always oodles of speculation, but casts change in movies that haven't been greenlit more often than Lindsay changes lawyers.
October 1, 2010 |
Saturday-Sunday Sing and shout, Hallelujah! Enjoy a gospel extravaganza featuring Lonnie Hunter & Structure, the Brockington Ensemble, and debuting Voices of Praise, PITC Breast Cancer Survivor Choir. All will perform during Praise Is the Cure, the fifth annual Weekend of Hope, Health, and Healing. The show will be hosted by CeCe McGhee of Praise 103.9. Proceeds will benefit the George E. Thorne Development Center breast cancer awareness program. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Mount Airy Church of God in Christ, 6401 Ogontz Ave. Local churches will have events Sunday.
August 10, 2010
The Philadelphia School District and two districts in New Jersey have been awarded federal grants to improve their American history instruction, federal officials announced Monday. Philadelphia will receive $966,706, while Camden is slated to receive $497,994 and Bridgeton $498,780, from the U.S. Department of Education's Teaching of American History program. Grants were awarded to improve history instruction by underwriting intensive teacher training, study trips to historic sites, and mentoring by historians and other experts.
July 1, 2010 |
Near the terminus of a dead-end road, on a bulblike hill in the midst of a grassy meadow, a group of Temple University archaeology students and volunteers is excavating what may be one of the most important African American historical sites in New Jersey. It's called Timbuctoo - a once-thriving enclave probably founded by free African Americans and escaped slaves in the 1820s, now abandoned, if not forgotten, for more than half a century. An entire village lies beneath the grassy hill near Rancocas Creek in Westampton Township outside Mount Holly - at least 18 houses, remains of a church, two roadways, an alley, a number of privies and wells, possibly schools, and large parts of a cemetery, where 13 graves of African American troops from the Civil War are marked by headstones - but where six times as many may lie in unmarked graves.
June 9, 2010 |
You'd never think that Ben Franklin would have trouble finding parking. "Parking has always been a problem," said Ralph Archbold, the famous Franklin impersonator who is a fixture of the historic attractions in Old City. But now, thanks to a few calls from the Daily News after a concerned friend contacted the newspaper, Archbold, 68, has a discounted space at a lot near his gigs. Archbold, who had a stroke last year, said he would find parking wherever he could, but it was sometimes several blocks away from his events.
May 21, 2010 |
A national historic preservation group has singled out Pennsylvania's and New Jersey's state-owned historic sites in its annual list of endangered places, as "prime examples" of how historic properties often end up bearing the brunt of cost-cutting measures in tough economic times. The National Trust for Historic Preservation included America's state parks and state-owned historic sites on its 11 Most Endangered Places list. Last year's budget shortfall forced Pennsylvania to close or reduce hours at 13 historic sites - including four in the southeast - and concerns are mounting about what might happen in the likely event additional cuts are enacted this year.