August 20, 1992 |
In colonial times, Burlington County excelled in a lot of endeavors, but the county was noted especially for its clocks. From the mid-18th to the mid-19th century, the area boasted of 18 clockmakers, said Rhett Pernot, executive director of the Burlington County Historical Society. Unfortunately, the society hasn't had the right place to display the nearly 10 county-made clocks that it owns - or the dozens of quilts, samplers, furniture and other items the society has accumulated since 1915, the year it was founded.
July 11, 1999 |
The Gloucester City Historical Society's tiny new museum on King Street tells more than 300 years of the city's history through pictures. There are a few interesting artifacts sprinkled throughout, but the exhibit is dominated by photographs, drawings and paintings culled from the attics of longtime residents or discovered in dusty boxes that had been stored in a small room on the third floor of the municipal building. "We're not prepared for artifacts," said Joan Corcoran, president of the Gloucester City Historical Society.
October 16, 2002 |
After pocketing $103 million in federal, state and local grants to finance their new museum, the leaders of Philadelphia's National Constitution Center have decided to exclude federal, state and local elected officials from serving on the board of directors. John C. Bogle, the former Vanguard Group head who chairs the center's 35-member board, said that with the Constitution museum set to open July 4 on Independence Mall, the intent of the board was "to make an institution that's above politics.
December 21, 2005 |
In 1976, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania sold Valley Forge State Park to the federal government for $1. Now the state may want it back. Angry over inadequate maintenance and the federal government's failure to approve plans for a new museum at Valley Forge National Historical Park, Gov. Rendell wrote to Interior Secretary Gale Norton last week offering a do-over. If the United States "is unwilling or unable to protect and preserve Valley Forge . . . the commonwealth is prepared to accept that responsibility," Rendell wrote.
August 17, 2003 |
Walking into the Dia Foundation's new museum on the east bank of the Hudson River is initially startling because of its scale, but then the experience becomes exhilarating. The place is cavernous. At 292,000 square feet - 240,000 of that devoted to display galleries - it's one of the largest museums of contemporary art in the world. It's also the latest example of an obsolete factory transformed into a temple of culture. As you step into the galleries from a tiny vestibule, the space opens up like a landscape.
March 18, 2012 |
The CIA couldn't do a better stealth job than the Barnes Foundation. With the new Barnes museum set to open in mere weeks, the foundation appears to have carried out much of the complex job - almost industrial in its scale, but oh so delicate in its handling - of packing up and moving billions of dollars in art objects from the suburban Main Line to a new home on the Parkway. Like any proper covert operation, this one is being undertaken on a need-to-know basis, and those in the know aren't talking.
October 3, 2008 |
Banks will fail, as we've been reminded a little too often lately. But their buildings can still go on to lead long and productive lives, especially when they're constructed to weather more than a passing financial storm. Such is the case with the former First National Bank at Third and Chestnut Streets, a grand old neoclassical survivor that today begins a new life as a museum devoted to the history of chemistry, run by the Chemical Heritage Foundation. The renovation, led by Peter Saylor of SaylorGregg Architects, is not only meant to restore grandeur to the historic Chestnut Street bank, but to the chemistry profession itself.
June 29, 2003 |
In designing the National Constitution Center, architect Henry N. Cobb sought to establish visual and symbolic connections between Independence Hall, where the U.S. Constitution was debated, and the new museum, which celebrates the document's history. The center is a big, modern building. Independence Hall is a small, colonial building. How to keep the museum's bulk from overwhelming the tiny hall, located at the other end of Independence Mall? Cobb, whose firm, Pei, Cobb, Freed & Partners, designed the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, broke the center into distinct geometric parts, including triangles, circles and star shapes.
April 11, 1999 |
What was the winter encampment at Valley Forge like from the soldiers' point of view? Which portrait of himself did George Washington consider the most flattering? The answers lie in thousands of artifacts owned by the Valley Forge Historical Society, which has embarked on a mission to establish the first modern museum devoted solely to the Revolutionary War. The plan is to build a new museum and visitors center at Valley Forge National Historical Park. The society estimates that the new museum will be visited by about 500,000 people a year and generate $30 million a year in visitor spending.
March 7, 2014 |
OLD CITY Demolition is just weeks away, and $102 million has been raised or pledged for the $150 million Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia's historic district, officials said at a ceremony Wednesday at Third and Chestnut Streets. Former Gov. Ed Rendell, who helped choose the museum site and who has assisted with fund-raising, stood amid costumed reenactors under a chilly morning sun to herald the new tourist attraction and solicit more donors for a museum that would be the only one of its kind in the nation when it opens in 2016.