June 8, 2016 |
Carved canoes and hand-drawn carriages climb the walls. Woven baskets and wooden cradles hang from the ceiling. In the dimly glowing concrete tower, a gorgeous mess of early-American relics seems to come alive. "We call this the 'oh, my gosh' room," said director Doug Dolan - because that's what people generally say when they walk into the central court, crafted by Doylestown-born archaeologist and historian Henry Mercer in 1916. It's a spell that has been cast for the last 100 years upon visitors to the Mercer Museum, where the display of artifacts from 19th-century life has remained largely unchanged.
December 29, 2015
DOYLESTOWN Visit Bucks County, the county's tourism promotion agency, announced its fall 2015 Tourism Grant program recipients. The program was instituted seven years ago to "assist in the development and enhancement of the not-for-profit tourism product in Bucks County," the agency said. It is supported by a portion of the Bucks County lodging tax. This fall, Visit Bucks County distributed $216,000 to 24 Bucks County not-for-profits, it said. Overall, Visit Bucks County said, it has distributed more than $2.5 million in tourism funds since 2008.
February 21, 2015 |
In the lobby of the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, five tall-case clocks stand at attention. They're beautiful examples of craftsmanship, sure, but they represent something more: the notion that almost any object we bring into our homes can have rippling effects. "The idea of the importance of time in governing human activity really started taking off in the 18th century, as people had more access to timekeeping devices," said Cory Amsler, the museum's curator. A tall-case clock, for those who could afford it, altered the very rhythm of people's lives.
May 12, 2013
Gettysburg also will be the topic for historians Ted Widmer, Sean Wilentz, Carla Petersen, and Adam Goodheart at 6:30 p.m. June 17 at the National Constitution Center. At the Rosenbach Museum and Library an exhibit called "Voices of 1863 - Witnesses to the Civil War" reports on the year's events through the letters and dispatches of President Lincoln, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, and others. The event extends through Jan. 5. At Laurel Hill Cemetery, a recreation of the 1868 Decoration Day service of the Grand Army of the Republic will be held at noon on May 26. Bronze markers will be dedicated at the graves of Civil War veterans.
April 27, 2013 |
Almost a year to the day after Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, a majority of Bucks County voters cast their ballots for his opponent in the 1864 presidential election, Democrat George S. McClellan. Lincoln won Pennsylvania by 52 percent but was outpolled in Bucks County, 7,235 to 6,197 - indicating that many there favored ending the war, according to Cory Amsler, vice president for collections at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown. The history of Bucks County during the Civil War, Amsler surmised, "is not all neat and tidy.
March 18, 2012 |
Bruce Katsiff remembers being asked, sometime around 1990, by the board president of the James A. Michener Art Center if he would be interested in running the organization, which had recently opened on the site of the former Bucks County prison in Doylestown. To that point, Katsiff had been chair of the fine art department, and more recently the art and music division, at Bucks County Community College since 1975. He was ready for a change but, as he remembers, "I had no interest in running an arts center.
June 24, 2011 |
Nothing separates architects from the rest of humanity like concrete. Architects will go into raptures over its tough, tactile quality. But among the general public, who tend to associate the material with no-frills highways and bad public housing, concrete buildings evoke a visceral dislike. Maybe attitudes would be different if more people encountered Doylestown's Mercer Museum, a quirky French chateau formed entirely of concrete, window frames and roof included. Henry Mercer, the anthropologist, tile maker, and amateur architect who designed the improbable Bucks County castle in 1916, chose concrete for the most practical of reasons: He needed a fireproof building to house his astounding collection of wooden tools.
June 19, 2011 |
Since 1916, every nook and cranny of Henry Mercer's seven-story Doylestown museum - including the concrete walls and ceilings - have been crammed with 50,000 artifacts of life in pre-industrial America. There's everything from a whale boat to baby carriages, wagons to apple peelers. And yet, Mercer's eclectic collection overflowed into a warehouse and a gallery, with little chance of being seen - until Saturday, with the opening of a $12.5 million, 13,000-square-foot wing. Following the playing of bagpipes, the firing of flintlocks, and the ceremonial ribbon-cutting, more than 100 adults and children streamed into the new exhibition gallery and Learning Center on South Pine Street.
June 17, 2011 |
J. Luke Tigue, 59, of Center City, owner of an architectural lighting consulting firm, died of a heart attack Sunday, June 12, at Hahnemann University Hospital. Mr. Tigue had been owner and master designer of Tigue Lighting in Philadelphia since 1987. The firm had clients from Colorado to Maine, said business manager Debbie Rose Fusco. Local design projects included the Brasserie Perrier, Susanna Foo, Striped Bass, and Manayunk Brewing Co. restaurants, and the Salvation Army Kroc Community Center in East Falls.