August 26, 2016
By Cynthia MacLeod Hip Hip Huzzah! One hundred years ago, on Aug. 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act that created the National Park Service "to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for future generations. " For 100 years, the NPS has been entrusted with the care of our national parks. With support from volunteers and partners, the Park Service safeguards 412 special places and shares their stories with more than 275 million visitors every year.
August 13, 2016 |
A subsidiary of homebuilding giant Toll Bros. wants to replace a big chunk of Philadelphia's Jewelers Row with 16 stories of housing that could forever alter the long-standing enclave of diamond merchants, watch shops, and gold sellers. Toll Washington Square was granted a zoning permit Wednesday for an 80-unit building with ground-floor commercial space near the southeast end of that block of Sansom Street, said Karen Guss, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections.
August 5, 2016
By Paul Halpern Conventional wisdom suggests that Philadelphia is known for wisdom at conventions - particularly the ones that shaped our nation in the 18th century. Visitors flock to the city to see Independence Hall, Congress Hall, Carpenters' Hall, and other places where the Founding Fathers convened to debate the direction of American democracy. The Liberty Bell, perhaps the city's most famous attraction, symbolizes that fledgling era and its emerging freedoms. One of the reasons that the contemporary Democratic convention was set here was to tap into that rich tradition.
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 |
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
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 |
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.