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October 11, 2005
NEW YORK has its newly discredited Freedom Center. The Smithsonian had its Enola Gay debacle. Philadelphia is heading in the same direction, right into "Slavery Mall. " U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., has announced a federal grant of about $3.6 million to fund the President's House project on Independence Mall, the result of years of work by many, including myself. I am a former board member of the Independence Hall Association. Years ago, I proposed this initiative as a way to honor George Washington, John Adams and my ancestor, Robert Morris, who owned the house.
NEWS
May 9, 2007 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
In a completely unexpected discovery, excited archaeologists say they have uncovered the foundation wall from a bow window designed by George Washington for the rear of the President's House on Independence Mall. The curved window, which enlarged the house's formal State Room, is believed by architectural historians to be the model for oval rooms in the White House in Washington, and ultimately, for the Oval Office itself. "It's the prototype of the Oval Office," Douglas Heller, a board member of the Independence Hall Association, said yesterday as he stood looking down at the ragged top of a crescent-moon wall of rock.
NEWS
September 23, 2005 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A group of historians and civic leaders will oversee the memorial to the first presidential residence on Independence Mall and the slaves who lived there during George Washington's administration. The city and Independence National Historical Park jointly determined the committee's composition, the most prominent evidence so far of the city's new role in helping to shape the site. Dennis Reidenbach, acting park superintendent, said the park would work closely with the city to bring the memorial to fruition.
NEWS
October 10, 2009 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER CULTURE WRITER
A committee overseeing the President's House memorial on Independence Mall has agreed to proceed as planned after discussing recent criticism of the project's historical accuracy. In late summer, Edward Lawler, who represents the Independence Hall Association on the committee, had complained that the design improperly located important memorial elements. The President's House, at Sixth and Market Streets, is on the site where George Washington and John Adams conducted their presidencies during the 1790s, and where Washington held at least nine enslaved Africans.
NEWS
May 9, 2007 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER CULTURE WRITER
In a completely unexpected discovery, excited archaeologists say they have uncovered the foundation wall from a bow window designed by George Washington for the rear of the President's House on Independence Mall. The curved window, which enlarged the house's formal State Room, is believed by architectural historians to be the model for oval rooms in the White House in Washington, and ultimately, for the Oval Office itself. "It's the prototype of the Oval Office," Douglas Heller, a board member of the Independence Hall Association, said yesterday as he stood looking down at the ragged top of a crescent-moon wall of rock.
NEWS
May 29, 2012 | By Mark Fazlollah and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Douglas J. Heller was instrumental in developing ushistory.org, a website that hundreds of publications have turned to for details about Revolutionary War events. National Public Radio's Weekend Edition regularly credited "Doug Heller from Flourtown" for providing brain-twisting word puzzles. And as a commissioner in Montgomery County's Springfield Township, he organized efforts to save the historic Black Horse Inn from demolition and introduced legislation to ban discrimination in township housing and employment on the basis of race, gender, or sexual orientation.
NEWS
February 15, 1994 | By BRUCE CRAIG
For people throughout the United States and the world there are few more important historic sites than Independence National Historical Park. In the assembly room of Independence Hall, visitors listen raptly as national park rangers tell the dramatic story of how the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution came to be. At the Liberty Bell pavilion, children wait, sometimes a little impatiently, for their chance to touch the famous cracked...
NEWS
December 15, 1990 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Almost three months after a federal budget crisis closed Independence Hall and other historic sites in the area for three days, a group is working to create a privately funded trust to ensure that major repairs to the complex are done. At the time, there was also the possibility that Independence Hall would be left with a leaky roof because of the budget crisis. The Independence Hall Preservation Fund will be incorporated within the next two weeks, said Mark H. Biddle, a Philadelphia lawyer and president of the Independence Hall Association, a business group that tries to help preserve historic buildings.
NEWS
July 3, 2004 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The presence of a previously unknown slave residing in the Philadelphia home of President George Washington has been discovered, bringing to nine the number of known slaves who lived there. The finding of the ninth slave, made by independent historian Edward Lawler Jr., strengthens the known African ties to the Market Street President's House, which served as home and office in the late 18th century for Washington and his successor, the antislavery John Adams. Groups urging memorialization of Washington's slaves on Independence Mall believe the discovery fortifies their case, which they plan to make in a demonstration at 4 p.m. today at Sixth and Market Streets.
NEWS
May 19, 2008 | By Gregory Heller
I am not a skateboarder. I am a young professional who wants a youth-friendly Philadelphia. Skateboarding is a sport of choice for my generation, but even for non-skateboarders, cities that are skateboard-friendly are generally viewed as welcoming to youth. If Philadelphia is serious about competing for the nation's best and brightest, we need to embrace skateboarding. We can act now by supporting Paine's Park. Richard Florida, author of several best-selling books on cities' ability to attract young professionals, said, "Skate parks are very important to young people, an intrinsic part of their creative culture, part of their identity.
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NEWS
May 29, 2012 | By Mark Fazlollah and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Douglas J. Heller was instrumental in developing ushistory.org, a website that hundreds of publications have turned to for details about Revolutionary War events. National Public Radio's Weekend Edition regularly credited "Doug Heller from Flourtown" for providing brain-twisting word puzzles. And as a commissioner in Montgomery County's Springfield Township, he organized efforts to save the historic Black Horse Inn from demolition and introduced legislation to ban discrimination in township housing and employment on the basis of race, gender, or sexual orientation.
NEWS
October 10, 2009 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER CULTURE WRITER
A committee overseeing the President's House memorial on Independence Mall has agreed to proceed as planned after discussing recent criticism of the project's historical accuracy. In late summer, Edward Lawler, who represents the Independence Hall Association on the committee, had complained that the design improperly located important memorial elements. The President's House, at Sixth and Market Streets, is on the site where George Washington and John Adams conducted their presidencies during the 1790s, and where Washington held at least nine enslaved Africans.
NEWS
August 20, 2009 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER CULTURE WRITER
As construction of the President's House memorial is poised to begin, sharp criticisms have been leveled at the architectural design, catching officials by surprise and focusing attention on purportedly historically inaccurate elements of the project. The house's dimensions are incorrect, the arc of a bow window is distorted, and the building's now-infamous slave quarters are incorrectly located, the critics assert. Some historians and members of a committee charged with reviewing the memorial's design and content say they are stunned by the vehemence of the complaints.
NEWS
May 19, 2008 | By Gregory Heller
I am not a skateboarder. I am a young professional who wants a youth-friendly Philadelphia. Skateboarding is a sport of choice for my generation, but even for non-skateboarders, cities that are skateboard-friendly are generally viewed as welcoming to youth. If Philadelphia is serious about competing for the nation's best and brightest, we need to embrace skateboarding. We can act now by supporting Paine's Park. Richard Florida, author of several best-selling books on cities' ability to attract young professionals, said, "Skate parks are very important to young people, an intrinsic part of their creative culture, part of their identity.
NEWS
May 9, 2007 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER CULTURE WRITER
In a completely unexpected discovery, excited archaeologists say they have uncovered the foundation wall from a bow window designed by George Washington for the rear of the President's House on Independence Mall. The curved window, which enlarged the house's formal State Room, is believed by architectural historians to be the model for oval rooms in the White House in Washington, and ultimately, for the Oval Office itself. "It's the prototype of the Oval Office," Douglas Heller, a board member of the Independence Hall Association, said yesterday as he stood looking down at the ragged top of a crescent-moon wall of rock.
NEWS
May 9, 2007 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
In a completely unexpected discovery, excited archaeologists say they have uncovered the foundation wall from a bow window designed by George Washington for the rear of the President's House on Independence Mall. The curved window, which enlarged the house's formal State Room, is believed by architectural historians to be the model for oval rooms in the White House in Washington, and ultimately, for the Oval Office itself. "It's the prototype of the Oval Office," Douglas Heller, a board member of the Independence Hall Association, said yesterday as he stood looking down at the ragged top of a crescent-moon wall of rock.
NEWS
October 11, 2005
NEW YORK has its newly discredited Freedom Center. The Smithsonian had its Enola Gay debacle. Philadelphia is heading in the same direction, right into "Slavery Mall. " U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., has announced a federal grant of about $3.6 million to fund the President's House project on Independence Mall, the result of years of work by many, including myself. I am a former board member of the Independence Hall Association. Years ago, I proposed this initiative as a way to honor George Washington, John Adams and my ancestor, Robert Morris, who owned the house.
NEWS
September 23, 2005 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A group of historians and civic leaders will oversee the memorial to the first presidential residence on Independence Mall and the slaves who lived there during George Washington's administration. The city and Independence National Historical Park jointly determined the committee's composition, the most prominent evidence so far of the city's new role in helping to shape the site. Dennis Reidenbach, acting park superintendent, said the park would work closely with the city to bring the memorial to fruition.
NEWS
July 3, 2004 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The presence of a previously unknown slave residing in the Philadelphia home of President George Washington has been discovered, bringing to nine the number of known slaves who lived there. The finding of the ninth slave, made by independent historian Edward Lawler Jr., strengthens the known African ties to the Market Street President's House, which served as home and office in the late 18th century for Washington and his successor, the antislavery John Adams. Groups urging memorialization of Washington's slaves on Independence Mall believe the discovery fortifies their case, which they plan to make in a demonstration at 4 p.m. today at Sixth and Market Streets.
NEWS
February 15, 1994 | By BRUCE CRAIG
For people throughout the United States and the world there are few more important historic sites than Independence National Historical Park. In the assembly room of Independence Hall, visitors listen raptly as national park rangers tell the dramatic story of how the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution came to be. At the Liberty Bell pavilion, children wait, sometimes a little impatiently, for their chance to touch the famous cracked...
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