December 10, 2013 |
What are the chances? Both men served on bombers during World War II and flew dangerous missions from airfields in Italy. Both had planes shot out from under them during bomb runs. And both were taken prisoner by the Germans and held in the same POW camp - Stalag Luft 1. Now, nearly 70 years after they were liberated by the Russians, the two veterans will be united at 4 p.m. next Tuesday at the Millville Army Airfield Museum at Millville (N.J.) Airport, where they'll also recount their experiences for visitors at 6 p.m. Bill Hogan, 93, a museum tour guide who lives in Millville, and Dan Theokas, 90, of Vineland, N.J., briefly met each other during a chance encounter at the museum in August.
December 2, 2013 |
For 15 years, John Seitter's business has been about attracting, entertaining, and educating patrons of historic sites and tourist destinations. Before that, he tended bar and held other service jobs at the old Sands Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. In his new post as executive director of the Roebling Museum in Burlington County, he's using two careers' worth of skills - and learning new ones. "This is the first real museum I've ever run," says Seitter, 56, of Brigantine, who previously ran the Camden County Historical Society and South Jersey Tourism Corp., both in Camden.
November 30, 2013 |
Take a cultural trip Sunday at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology's 18th annual Peace Around the World holiday celebration. From 1 to 4 p.m. guests will receive a passport enabling them to explore cultures via speakers from Kenya, Pakistan, Cameroon, Brazil, India, and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Middle Eastern percussionist Joe Tayoun will lead an instructional drum circle at 1:30. At 2, guests can enjoy an Indian dance performance by Nrutika Sankar, Leena Chakraborty, Sonal Makwana, and children from the Bhartiya Vidalaya Cultural Center.
November 20, 2013 |
IF YOU'RE schlepping out to Doylestown to take in the Grace Kelly exhibit at the Michener Art Museum, make sure you leave an hour or so to check out another multimedia historical exhibit there, dedicated to something that is as much a part of the region's pop-culture history as Her Serene Highness. The program's title, "Local Mill Makes Good," may be a little jokey, but its subject and the scores of pieces contained within are nothing less than fascinating. The display, which runs through March 2, tells the story of New Hope's 75-year-old Bucks County Playhouse.
November 16, 2013 |
FORT WORTH, Texas - The Kimbell Art Museum, designed by Philadelphia's Louis Kahn in 1972, may be better known today for its building than for its collection - and its collection is pretty breathtaking, thick with the likes of Michelangelo and Caravaggio. Scholars consider the Kimbell to be Kahn's masterpiece and one of the great museums of the 20th Century. If you've only seen photos of the exterior, a series of travertine vaults that some Texas wags have likened to a cow barn, it may be hard to appreciate the fuss.
November 15, 2013 |
The Please Touch Museum, in default on the debt it assumed to renovate a new home in Memorial Hall, eliminated nine positions Wednesday as part of a budget-trimming process. The cuts represent about a 4 percent reduction in staff. The museum's board is seeking to increase revenue from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government sources, said interim president and CEO Lynn McMaster, and "must demonstrate that the museum is operating as efficiently as possible. " This means across-the-board cuts of about $400,000 on the museum's $9 million annual budget, she said.
November 13, 2013 |
EVERY horror movie I've seen has led me to this fateful night, to this dim alcove filled with strangers and stained wood, and to one unavoidable, terrifying fact. In the movie "Sleepover at the Mutter Museum," I would play the journalist, the skeptic who thinks he's seen it all, cynical until the very moment I'm heading off to the bathroom, alone, and I'm decapitated by some undead skeleton swinging a scythe. My character wouldn't make it. My wife, Niki, is by my side and that's reassuring for the moment, but she's more open to the unknown than I am. In the movie, she might try to befriend some malevolent force and become possessed.
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.
October 30, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA One of only 36 surviving paintings by the 17th-century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer has been loaned to the Philadelphia Museum of Art through the end of March and is now on view. Young Woman Seated at a Virginal , painted in 1672 at the end of Vermeer's career, can be seen on the second floor of the museum (Gallery 267), amid the museum's rich collection of Dutch paintings, the largest in the United States. "This is a rare and wonderful opportunity for us to present a rare picture by a rare artist," said Christopher Atkins, the museum's associate curator of European painting and sculpture.