September 23, 2016 |
Early Americans were extremely inventive when it came to their booze: They made it out of dandelions, out of quince, and even out of wood (though that last one, it turned out, was poisonous). Today, despite the hazards, that spirit of ingenuity lives on in offices tucked above the 13th Street bar scene in Center City. There, Steven Grasse and his team at Quaker City Mercantile are, with more authority than you might care to believe, telling you what it is you want to drink after work.
July 4, 2016
Have you strolled the famous Freedom Trail in Boston? Considering that it draws more than four million visitors a year, we'd wager quite a few of you have taken in such historic sights as Old North Church ("One if by Land, Two if by Sea") and Paul Revere's house. The Freedom Trail was created in 1951, and a thriving entity has grown around it to promote tourism. In 2014, a book publisher who had already produced a successful guide to Boston's Freedom Trail approached us about writing a similar guide to Philadelphia.
August 21, 2015 |
While the noisy and very visible construction for the Museum of the American Revolution is underway at Third and Chestnut Streets, virtually every item in the museum's 3,000-object collection is quietly being conserved at locations all over the Philadelphia area. From a recently acquired mug that reads "Success to ye city of Boston, Liberty For Ever" to a signed 1773 first edition of enslaved Phillis Wheatley's Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral to a linen summer coat worn by soldier Jacob Latch (who gave his name to Latches Lane in Merion)
October 11, 2014 |
An array of politicians, benefactors, and nonprofit leaders gathered Thursday morning beneath a vast party tent beside a very deep hole along South Third Street to celebrate the symbolic groundbreaking of the Museum of the American Revolution. When the deep hole is filled and the $119 million building opens in two years, it will be, officials believe, the nation's first museum to tell the whole story of the American Revolution - from the disgruntled grumbling over British taxes in the 1760s through the desperate days of the Continental Army in the 1770s and on to eventual independence in the 1780s.
August 8, 2014 |
In one gray box is a 1778 letter written by George Washington at Valley Forge. The flowing cursive wasn't particularly eloquent, but showed the minutia he tackled during the Revolution. Washington asked the New York governor for help tracking down an American officer who had confiscated a money box from the British at Princeton, then apparently converted it "to his own use. " In another box is a 1865 letter written by Abraham Lincoln to a woman who asked the president to send her a portion of his second inaugural address - in his own hand.
June 18, 2014 |
In The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington , Philadelphia actor-playwright James Ijames has crafted a superbly written, emotionally compelling, and morally challenging play. How challenging? About halfway through his 80-minute one-act, I no longer wanted to review it. The play begins at the bedside of Martha Washington (Nancy Boykin) some years after George Washington's death. His will provided that their mutually held slaves be emancipated once she died.
February 9, 2012 |
PASSED DOWN by descendants of the nation's first first lady, a 5-by-9-inch swatch of silk brocade from one of Martha Washington's dresses ended up with family friend Alden Freeman. In 1932, he gave it as a gift to Nan Britton, a woman involved in the first publicized presidential sex scandal. And now you can claim the fabric as your own. Yesterday, it was offered for sale for $40,000 by the Philly-based Raab Collection, which has it in a vault. It may be the only Martha Washington dress snippet ever put on the market.
December 16, 2010 |
PHILADELPHIA MADE history once again yesterday with the opening of the President's House on Independence Mall, believed to be the country's first federal commemoration of slavery. The $11.2 million project, known officially as "President's House: Freedom and Slavery in Making a New Nation," stands on the footprint of the original structure where presidents George Washington and John Adams resided from 1790 to 1800. The open-air site, at 6th and Market streets, also pays homage to the nine slaves of African descent who were owned by Washington and worked in the house: Austin, 32, Christopher Sheels, 16, Giles, 32, Hercules, 36, Joe Richardson, 26, Moll, 51, Oney Judge, 17, Paris, 16 and Richmond, 14. Hercules was Washington's chef and Oney Judge was maid to Martha Washington and her grandchildren.
May 22, 2010 |
About 50 people gathered under the hot sun at Independence Mall on Friday to remember and acknowledge an unusual event - the successful escape of an enslaved African woman from the household of the first president of the United States. "Today, we are here to celebrate the brave and daring escape of Oney Judge," lawyer Michael Coard said through a bullhorn while supporters and onlookers gathered near the corner of Sixth and Market Streets. "It's important that the story of our enslaved ancestors be told.