January 22, 2012 |
A chain restaurant in Wharton State Forest. A Ferris wheel at Liberty State Park. Weddings, flea markets, and corporate events taking over New Jersey's historic sites and scenic lands. That could be the future if the state goes forward with plans to privatize parts of its park system, some warn. "Next thing you know, you have to pay more for everything and the public's access is limited," said Jeff Tittel, director of the Sierra Club of New Jersey. "You'll be getting fee'd to death.
December 25, 2011 |
BUDAPEST, Hungary - There's an easier way to see Europe than being crammed into tour buses or crowded hostels. A river cruise is one of the most relaxing and picturesque ways to view the wonders of the Continent up close. While many cruise operators prowl the waterways, one of the most comprehensive is Viking River Cruises, which boasts 19 ships (six more next year) and explores most of the navigable rivers in Europe, plus parts of Asia and Africa. Of these, the eight-day Danube cruise embarks in the historic city of Budapest and weaves its way slowly down the green margins of the Danube, through flamboyant Vienna; fairy-tale towns such as Germany's Regensburg; the lush vineyards of Austria; and, finally, Hitler's favorite city, Nuremberg.
October 9, 2011 |
WATERBURY, Vt. - The floodwaters of Tropical Storm Irene that ripped up roads and washed into living rooms across Vermont took a dramatic toll on quaint old villages - filling white, steepled churches with muck and knocking 19th-century clapboard houses off their foundations. That's a big problem for a small state that cherishes its history. The classic villages of clapboard and stone buildings hugging the state's rivers and streams are the essence of Vermont and a big tourist draw.
September 13, 2011 |
Instead of a courtroom TV drama, Pennsylvanians can tune in to a historic, and real, courtroom scene Tuesday night. For the first time, the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) will televise state Supreme Court proceedings. Adding to the historic tone of the occasion, the session will be held in the Supreme Court Chamber in Philadelphia's Old City Hall, next to Independence Hall, in commemoration of Constitution Week. The court was last in session there more than 200 years ago. "It seems fitting that our historic first televised session will take place in one of our nation's most historic sites - the birthplace of independence," Chief Justice Ronald Castille said in a statement.
July 5, 2011 |
THERE WAS only so much tea to go around at a sweltering Fourth of July rally that filled Independence Mall yesterday. One participant on a stage set up on the mall, Herman Cain, the Georgia radio talk-show host who is seeking the GOP nomination for president, served up the hot political rhetoric most savored by the tea-party crowd. Supporters of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, a competitor of Cain's, crowded around the stage with signs for their candidate. One Paul supporter later drew Cain's ire, peppering him with questions about his time on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City.
June 8, 2011 |
NEW ORLEANS - More than a century after Homer Plessy's railroad ride across Lake Pontchartrain became the basis of the country's Jim Crow laws, descendants of Plessy and the judge who upheld "separate but equal" laws are working together to help stamp out racism. On June 7, 1892, Plessy boarded a white-only railroad car in New Orleans in a well-choreographed, deliberate violation of Louisiana law. The 30-year-old black shoemaker was arrested and a citizens' group that supported his civil disobedience sued, beginning a case often cited as one of the starting points of the modern civil rights movement.
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.