June 27, 2015 |
The National Park Service is removing all Confederate flag items on sale throughout the federal park system. The action, announced Thursday in the aftermath of the shootings of nine African Americans in Charleston, S.C., applies to merchandise in bookstores and gift shops, said Jonathan B. Jarvis, park service director. "We strive to tell the complete story of America," Jarvis said. "All sales items in parks are evaluated based on educational value and their connection to the park.
June 10, 2015 |
The metal detector was beeping, and that meant it was picking up an object in the ground. Was it an artifact from the Battle of Red Bank in 1777? A lead musket ball? A cannonball? A button? Tim Reno of Toms River, N.J., dug about three inches down and carefully extracted a piece of grooved brass shaped like a bow tie. The find in National Park had probably been there 238 years, ever since England's Hessian allies massed for an attack on the Americans at Fort Mercer during the Revolutionary War. Mercer - along with Fort Mifflin on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River - had prevented British ships from supplying the Redcoat army occupying Philadelphia.
June 3, 2015 |
ANTOINETTE LEVITT wants you to stop and smell the roses, but the roses are in bad shape. We are standing in the Rose Garden, a hidden gem owned by the National Park Service, starved for the nourishment of proper funding. The one-acre oasis, hidden between Walnut and Locust, and 4th and 5th streets, was bone dry when Levitt led me there on a recent afternoon. Levitt is the regent (president) of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which in 1971 planted the Rose Garden in ground owned by the National Park Service, with the understanding the park service would maintain it. Guess what?
May 11, 2015
ISSUE | 911 UPGRADE Safety measure sandbagged Why does David Williams of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance conflate Gov. Wolf's $4.5 billion tax increase with the effort to modernize and update the 911 system ("In Pa., go for spending cuts, not tax increases," May 6)? House Bill 911 was introduced by the Republican chairman of the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee for "reasonably necessary costs that enhance, operate, or maintain a 911 system. " It's not in the governor's proposal, and it would not aid the general fund.
May 5, 2015 |
Bruce Knapp remembers learning about the Revolutionary War Battle of Paoli in his seventh-grade classroom in the San Francisco area. Years after he moved to Chester County as an adult, he joined a group that had successfully raised money to save the Paoli Battlefield, a pristine piece of Main Line property, from developers in the 1990s. Now, the retired federal investigator is leading the charge to get the National Park Service to recognize the site for what the community believes it is: a national historic landmark.
April 29, 2015 |
During summers in the 1960s, William J. Jordan took a break from teaching American history to South Jersey high school students and taught Revolutionary history to tourists in Philadelphia. The National Park Service gave him its uniform, its distinctive flat-brimmed hat, anointed him a seasonal park ranger, and assigned him to tours of Independence National Historical Park. "I know he loved that time in history," daughter Karen Jordan said. "He gave us all copies of the Constitution, his children," she said.
November 12, 2014 |
PRINCETON - The battle was going against the Americans. Gen. Hugh Mercer was knocked to the ground when his horse was shot out from under him. He was surrounded by advancing British troops and bayoneted seven times. American soldiers were falling back in disarray when "a tall man on a white horse could be seen galloping toward the scene of battle," wrote historian Richard M. Ketchum. Gen. George Washington had arrived. He rode between the lines, calling out to his men, "Will you give your general to the enemy?"
October 15, 2014 |
The video opens with the black-and-white footage of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s stirring clarion call for equal rights at the 1963 March on Washington. It quickly goes full color, and cuts to gruesome close-ups of the bloody remnants of abortions. It is fair to say that what is shown is disturbing. On Friday, the images will be displayed on a 10- by 12-foot screen set high on Independence Mall, the heart of Philadelphia's tourism zone, as the antiabortion group Created Equal brings its high-tech assault on the practice to Philadelphia.
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 18, 2014 |
THE NATIONAL Parks Conservation Association wants kids to spend more time hiking on scenic trails and less time surfing the Web. In an effort to get a younger generation into parks around the region, the organization yesterday named Doreen Taylor, a local country-music singer-songwriter, as an NPCA ambassador. In April, Taylor debuted the song "Colors of the USA," written for the organization. Half of the proceeds from that single go to the NPCA. "These [parks] are in our back yard, and we need to experience them, we need to feel them," Taylor said at the Independence National Historical Park announcement.