November 2, 1997 |
The stairs creak. Flaked paint crackles under his feet. And he is startled by the dead pigeon on the landing. "What's that doing here?" exclaims the Rev. Isaac M. Smith. But Mr. Smith, 72, laughs and shrugs. Death is no stranger here in North Philadelphia, and so the pastor keeps climbing - past the empty bell tower and up to the third floor of the fellowship hall at Mars Hill Baptist Church. "The engineer said it's structurally sound," he says, glancing around at the boarded Gothic windows, the buckled and water-stained floors, the old electrical wiring and the vaulted ceilings of these long-abandoned rooms, built 107 years ago. And "someday soon," he hopes, it will be transformed.
February 28, 2014 |
The University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, founded in 1887, amassed many of its treasures during the so-called golden age of museum collecting - an era well known for unprecedented institution-building, less so for cultural sensitivity. (The decades since have brought negotiations and lawsuits over the repatriation of artifacts to various tribes and nations.) That backdrop provides a striking contrast with the museum's newest exhibition, Native American Voices: The People - Here and Now , which opens Saturday.
May 2, 2002
Just call him Old Faithful. Once again, President Bush has wasted taxpayer dollars reinvestigating environmental safeguards because his buddies in industry didn't like them. And once again, his own scientists have told him something he didn't want to hear: The rules - as written - are vital to protecting natural lands and Americans' health. This time the issue is snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park, where rangers now have to wear gas masks because of the dangerous levels of carbon monoxide spewing from 70,000 snowmobiles each winter.
June 10, 2005
Prison group's work benefits society as a whole When I read William DiMascio's May 23 commentary on the Prison Society ("Pa. group offers guidance, hope"), I thought, "Thank goodness, people are working to make our justice and punishment system more rational. " These people also know that treatment and corrections have a much greater value and benefit to our society than "life without the possibility of parole. " Those incarcerated under such terms most likely lose motivation to change, to get treatment (if provided)
March 19, 2009 |
At a time when contributions are increasingly scarce, two broad grant programs, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the Pew Cultural Management Initiative, have announced nearly $3.7 million in awards to local arts groups. The funds are for operations, the hardest dollars to raise, even in the best of times. Pew awarded $905,000 to nine cultural organizations. The grants, ranging from $85,000 to $120,000, will be used for everything from upgrading software and computer systems to adding key staff positions and implementing plans to build audiences.
October 24, 2005 |
Adrianne Onderdonk Dudden, 69, of Bryn Mawr, an artist and book designer, died of lung cancer Oct. 15 at home. For more than 40 years, Mrs. Dudden designed hundreds of handsome volumes and book jackets. She designed books on historic houses and sacred places in Philadelphia; a women's studies guide for the Library of Congress; and books with complicated Hebrew script for Jewish publishers. A Night of Questions, a Passover Haggadah she designed for Reconstructionist Press in 2000, was a best seller, her daughter Alexis Dudden said.
July 9, 2012 |
IOC PRESIDENT Jacques Rogge ruled out Formula One as an Olympic sport, saying that the games are a contest between athletes, not engines. However, Rogge said during a visit to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, England, that the International Olympic Committee can learn a lot from the F1 management about organizing mega sporting events three weeks before the London Games. "There are many similarities between Formula One and the Olympic Games. Both are high quality sports and the competitors have the same spirit, the same mind," Rogge said while touring the paddock at Silverstone with the F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone Sunday.
November 17, 2004 |
A historic Center City church has placed a masterpiece sculpture for sale on the open market after efforts to sell it to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for more than $2 million fell short. The large marble relief, called Angel of Purity, was created by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, who is considered the most important American sculptor of the 19th century. It was installed in 1902 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church after grieving parents commissioned it as a memorial to their daughter, who had died of diphtheria.
April 26, 2007 |
PRAYER MIGHT not save the Phillies season. But it takes no leap of faith to believe that Philly's churches, synagogues, mosques and other religious congregations spread hope by helping needy fellow citizens of every faith - and no faith. In a new book, "The Other Philadelphia Story," Penn professor Ram Cnaan documents that our city's over-1,000 congregations supply many social services: food pantries, summer day camps, clothing closets, drug and alcohol prevention, neighborhood cleanup, job counseling and placement, computer training, mentoring, health screening, crime watch, prison ministry, after-school programs, welfare-to-work programs, and scores of others.
August 7, 2004 |
The gray limestone and sandstone steeple that stood as a towering Christian sentinel over Chestnut Street for nearly 120 years will be rebuilt, leaders of Christ Memorial Church announced yesterday. When the restoration will begin or how long it will take is unclear, but it will likely cost millions, church leaders said. The 170-foot-high steeple collapsed Tuesday night, showering slabs of stone on 43d Street. No was seriously hurt. "We are very grateful that this catastrophe was not compounded by the loss of life," said the Rev. Michael Fitzpatrick, rector of the Grace Reformed Episcopal Church in Collingdale, a sister church that will hold Sunday services for congregants of the temporarily closed West Philadelphia church.