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 27, 2015 |
In recent years, Philadelphia Flower Show themes have whisked visitors to far-flung destinations from Ireland to Hawaii and the fictional Arendelle (the kingdom in Frozen , as part of last year's blockbuster "Celebrate the Movies" show, featuring a Disney partnership). But the 2016 show, from March 5 to 13, will draw inspiration from closer to home. As an ornate, national parks-theme cake melted under the afternoon sun on Tuesday - Founders' Day to the National Park Service - officials from the Park Service and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society gathered on Independence Mall to unveil the theme, "Explore America: 100 Years of the National Park Service.
August 19, 2015 |
After nearly five years of intermittently blank and soundless video screens; leaking glass and torn-up paving tiles; fogged-up windows; and repeated efforts to stanch water and repair breakdowns, the city is close to turning over its effort to fashion a functioning President's House to the care of Independence National Historical Park. The city managed both design and construction of the $10.5 million commemorative site, which marks the spot where Presidents George Washington and John Adams lived and worked, and where Washington held nine enslaved Africans.
July 20, 2015 |
Despite its perch on sacred ground - the place where Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence - the Graff House is usually closed and not often visited. Paint peels from the shutters, and the door is sprayed gray with the exhaust of buses and cars. Now its fortunes may be about to change. The development surging across a reviving Market East corridor promises to send thousands of potential visitors past the house at Seventh and Market Streets. And an Independence Park group is planning fund-raising to help pay for millions of dollars needed to repair the Colonial-style brick house.
March 27, 2015
WHAT Independence Park is to this country - a sacred space embodying our history and identity - LOVE Park is to the city. In many ways, LOVE Park (officially, JFK Plaza) might be considered Independence Park 2.0. It was created in 1965 - the brainchild of uber-city planner Edmund Bacon - with the iconic Robert Indiana LOVE sculpture installed during the country's bicentennial, and since then it has become a nexus for public gathering, public protest - and, unfortunately, too often public urination.
November 2, 2014 |
You are in Philadelphia for a few hours. You have an impulse to explore before leaving. You stand on a downtown sidewalk and wonder - what's around the corner that would be perfect for me to see? A marketing study about Philadelphia's historic district has yielded a high-tech answer that could find its way into the smartphones of on-the-fly travelers and send them to Independence Mall. A build-your-own-itinerary app that would serve up results based on a user's passions and available free time is being considered.
July 24, 2014 |
Visitors to Independence National Historical Park in 2013 spent about $196 million, an increase of about $1 million over the previous year, despite a slight drop in park attendance, according to a report released by the National Park Service. In 2013, spending by 3,560,637 visitors supported 2,730 jobs in the Philadelphia area, the report said. In 2012, the park attracted 3,615,698 visitors supporting 2,736 jobs. Park sites include the Independence Mall historic district, the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site on North Seventh Street, the Germantown White House, and the Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial on Pine Street.
July 5, 2014 |
The two documents are rarely exhibited - and not easily accessed behind the many layers of security. To see them, Lee Arnold, library director at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, uses an entry card to pass into an elevator, then into a large locked room, No. 210. Inside, he twirls the tumbler of a combination lock on thick vault doors, then swings them open to reveal still another set of metal doors with a coded digital lock. Beyond is the climate-controlled chamber filled with historical treasures - and a heavy safe, accessed by keys held only by Arnold and the institution's director of research.
May 23, 2014 |
Nearly four years after its supposed completion, the President's House commemorative site on Independence Mall is so plagued with chronic leaks, water pooling, and moisture drenching the ruins of George Washington's and John Adams' executive mansion that Independence Park may have to cover the site to protect the archaeological remains. While the memorial, at Sixth and Market Streets, is within the park's confines, the city managed its construction with the understanding that it would turn over a finished, functioning President's House to the park's care.
November 7, 2013 |
Deborah Williams Troemner, 81, of Lumberton, a prominent former volunteer for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, died Monday, Nov. 4, at the Samaritan Hospice Inpatient Center in Mount Holly of complications after a stroke. A resident of Moorestown from 1956 to 2000, Mrs. Troemner had lived since then at the Lumberton campus of Medford Leas, the retirement community. A volunteer guide at the Art Museum from the 1960s into the 1990s, Mrs. Troemner was an administrator of museum volunteers in the middle 1980s, her son, Robert W. III, said in a phone interview.