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NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 1, 2010 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
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.
NEWS
June 9, 2010 | By JAN RANSOM, ransomj@phillynews.com 215-854-5218
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.
NEWS
May 21, 2010 | By Amy Worden INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
May 21, 2010 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 8, 2010 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
David R. Gray, the incoming president of Valley Forge Military Academy and College, says he accepted the post because it will allow him to combine his passions for educating students and fostering leadership. "Valley Forge offers me an opportunity to continue to serve the nation, and to serve the nation by doing something I know a lot about . . . developing leaders of character for the future," said Gray, now the director of policy, strategic planning, and assessments at the U.S. Military Academy, during a telephone interview Thursday.
NEWS
April 1, 2010 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER CULTURE WRITER
A land swap that could bring a museum of the American Revolution to the city's historic district is approaching finalization, officials for Independence National Historical Park and the museum report. The deal - which would exchange 78 acres of private land within Valley Forge National Historical Park for a 0.87-acre parcel of National Park Service property at the southeast corner of Third and Chestnut Streets - has been awaiting agreement on deed restrictions related to the city site.
NEWS
January 10, 2010 | By Brent D. Glass
Pennsylvania has started down the slippery slope of collective amnesia. Closing historic sites, canceling new exhibitions, cutting grants for museums, and eliminating maintenance of buildings and gardens are all measures designed to eventually terminate the presence of some of the most significant landmarks in the country. By slashing the budget of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), the Rendell administration and the legislature have ensured that the commonwealth will lose its preeminent national position as a steward of America's heritage.
NEWS
August 13, 2009 | By Anthony R. Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Like the Continental Army 232 years ago, the Brandywine Battlefield Historic Site has suffered a major setback. This time, it is Harrisburg that has been cast in the role of redcoat. With budget cuts looming, five employees will be laid off, and the site's museum, two farmhouses, and visitor center will be shut indefinitely when the park closes tomorrow, officials said yesterday. "The grass will be available for picnics, but there will be no history available," Linda Kaat, president of Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates, said yesterday.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2009 | By Shannon Curley FOR THE INQUIRER
With the economy biting into the budget for getaways, late-summer vacationers could find themselves scaling back grand plans in favor of less exotic, more modestly priced destinations. A Philadelphia "staycation" offers a chance to rediscover the affordable and accessible charms of this city. "Philadelphia is an amazing value destination because we not only have history, we have culture, dining, and nightlife," said Caroline Bean, who works to promote the city for the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp.
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