July 18, 2016
Even after Philadelphia ceased being the nation's capital, U.S. presidents frequented the city and environs. As the Democratic National Convention draws near, let's trace the steps of previous Democratic presidents. Independence Hall - On July 4, 1962, President John F. Kennedy welcomed the dissent and difference of opinion encouraged by the American political system. However, he stressed - whatever the differences - "you and I . . . [must] recognize how dependent we both are, one upon the other, for the successful operation of our unique and happy form of government.
July 7, 2016
By Mark Edward Lender Our country just marked the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence with the customary parades, fireworks, and family gatherings that have become American traditions. As welcome as these celebrations are, we should take a few moments to reflect upon the fact that - just 50 miles from Independence Hall, where that momentous document was signed - a modern academic institution is destroying the battlefield where the declaration's lofty ideals were secured by our nation's first soldiers.
July 5, 2016
By David Davenport and Gordon Lloyd When we celebrate the Fourth of July with a three-day weekend vacation, picnics, and fireworks, we sometimes forget the real meaning of the holiday. The quiz below provides an opportunity for you to test and refresh your civic knowledge of the landmark occasion in American history that we celebrate. 1. The Fourth of July commemorates what important historic occasion? a. The end of the Revolutionary War b. The signing of the Declaration of Independence c. Adoption of the Declaration of Independence by Congress d. The signing of the Constitution 2. In which city was the Declaration of Independence signed?
July 5, 2016 |
The Philly Pops plucked the reliably resonant strings of patriotism Sunday night. How could it have been otherwise? Using Independence Hall as a heady backdrop, with an estimated 15,000 listeners stretched across the mall, the Pops were back for their annual sound track to Independence Day festivities. Conductor Michael Krajewski presided over a program of Americana very much like the ones of years past. Yet if something was different this time, that something was us. The political realm has become unrecognizable since our last musical gathering at this birthplace of a great idea for a nation, and it was hard to escape the thought that what kind of America you listened for had at least something to do with the America you see us becoming.
July 5, 2016 |
Some news as Philadelphia prepares for its raucous, red, white, and blue observance of Independence Day: You're celebrating the wrong day, people! July the Fourth should be July the Second - the day the Continental Congress voted for independence. Or, at least, John Adams thought so. And he was there. The next day - July 3, 1776 - he wrote a three-page letter to his wife, Abigail, rhapsodizing that July 2 would become the most exalted day in American history. "I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival," Adams wrote.
June 20, 2016
There are times when dad just wants to hang out and watch a game rather than being dragged to yet another "must-see" tourist site. But what if there were things that even a cantankerous father might be interested in visiting? Here are a few museums and attractions nearby that will get him off the sofa: Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum: Instead of watching an auto race on TV on Sunday, spend the afternoon at this hidden gem near the Philadelphia Airport. The museum owes its existence to the passion of one man, neurosurgeon Fred Simeone.
June 17, 2016 |
The Museum of the American Revolution, whose building at Third and Chestnut Streets has been under construction for two years, plans to announce Thursday that it will open its doors to the public April 19, 2017 - the 242nd anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord, considered the opening of hostilities between Britain and its North American colonies. When the smoke cleared following those nasty Massachusetts skirmishes so long ago, 122 fighters on both sides had lost their lives, and the colonies were launched on a revolutionary road that would not reach the goal of independence for eight arduous years.
May 2, 2016 |
The 100-year-old Lenox building in Washington Square West is traditional, to say the least. Stately, you might say. You might also think the home of two young law professors there would be a bit stodgy. You'd need to think again. Step out onto the appropriate floor, walk down a floral-wallpapered hall and into Andrea Monroe and Craig Green's condominium. Your second impression proves the true one: Theirs is a contemporary take on design, with furnishings that are modern, newly configured spaces that have been updated to suit the couple's needs, and some walls painted a soft, tasteful orange.
April 22, 2016 |
President Andrew Jackson, slaveholder and killer of Indians and Englishmen, please step to the back. Harriet Tubman, African American abolitionist and leader of the Underground Railroad, come up front. On Wednesday, the federal Treasury Department announced the switch that's coming to the $20 bill, with the nation's seventh president losing his spot - a change that brought reaction from political leaders, schoolchildren, academics, and numismatists in Philadelphia and elsewhere. "I can't think of a better choice for the $20 bill than Harriet Tubman," tweeted Hillary Clinton.
November 10, 2015 |
ROBERT SHEDRICK returned from Vietnam in 1972 shaken and confused. He doesn't like talking about a tour there with the Marines when he lost several of his comrades, or about how he became homeless in 1995, or how he later lost his legs years after drinking water polluted with dry-cleaning fluid and benzene at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. "It was hell in Vietnam," Shedrick, 68, said yesterday across from Independence Hall, where he watched participants arrive at the end of Philly's first Veterans Day parade.