October 31, 2015 |
On a blood-soaked battlefield in colonial New Jersey, a lone preacher stood tall, attempting to bring solace to his embattled compatriots. This is the pose that master sculptor Roger Wing chose for a monument at Old Pine Street Church to honor the Rev. George Duffield, a Revolutionary War preacher, co-chaplain to the Continental Congress, minister to the Pennsylvania militia, and editor of the first American Bible. Duffield led the institution at Fourth and Pine Streets that was known as the Church of the Patriots, thanks to his fiery sermons preaching no taxation without representation.
October 30, 2015 |
THREE YEARS AGO, cops rushed to the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill for radio calls of a disturbance and came upon a chaotic scene of multiple fights among members of one or two wedding parties. Yesterday, two men who had been charged with aggravated assault - for a police sergeant who suffered a concussion in the melee - faced a nonjury trial. But before the trial, Brian Lanza, 32, opted to plead guilty to a simple-assault charge. As part of his plea deal, he received two years' probation.
October 30, 2015 |
An elderly Society Hill man walked through his front door Sunday night to find a stranger standing behind a curtain, who demanded cash and guns and then tried to steal the man's car. The 84-year-old man had been sitting in his car outside his home on the 200 block of Delancey Street when the intruder walked up to his front door and let himself in, police said. He hid behind a curtain until the homeowner walked inside, and when confronted, declared, "I was told you have guns and a lot of cash.
October 17, 2015 |
An investment fund managed by Conshohocken-based Miller Real Estate has paid $78.5 million for the Center City office building that recently become headquarters to the American Bible Society. The fund closed Sept. 17 on its purchase of the 401 Market St. office building, known as the Plaza, from an affiliate of National Financial Realty in Torrance, Calif., according to documents recorded with the city this month. The religious organization held a ribbon-cutting this week to mark its relocation to the 500,000-square-foot Philadelphia building from its previous home in New York City.
September 25, 2015 |
MORE GOD in the lives of urban American families may be the answer to their struggles to attain a better life, a Philadelphia-based pastor told a small audience at the World Meeting of Families yesterday. "If we get people praying again, our society will become better," said the Rev. Terrence Griffith, the pastor of the 205-year-old First African Baptist Church, the oldest African-American Baptist Church in the state. "If we want to heal our urban society, God must return. If we invite God to come and sit with us, then the place will become better," Griffith told an audience of about 100. Griffith, a native of Grenada who has lived in Philadelphia for 27 years, spoke at the workshop "Concerns of the Urban Family" where he addressed the effect and impact of an array of issues urban families face.
September 19, 2015 |
A river of champagne flows through the Walnut Street Theatre's production of High Society , and there's not a sour drop in this bubbly, joy-filled show. With a score that includes some of Cole Porter's greatest hits, how could there be? Arthur Kopit based this musical's book on the 1939 play The Philadelphia Story and the 1956 musical film High Society . Kopit's 1998 version stays true to the romantic-comedy plot. Feisty socialite Tracy Lord (Megan Nicole Arnoldy)
September 19, 2015 |
Edith Mitchell grew up in the "very segregated" farming town of Brownsville, Tenn., at a time when it was unusual for a little girl of any race to dream of becoming a doctor. But she says that she decided, at age 3, to go to medical school after being impressed by the African American doctor who made a house call to her ailing great-grandfather. When she announced her ambition, no one tried to stop her. "You can be whatever you want to be," said her great-grandfather, who died not long after that visit.
September 11, 2015 |
Sister Melinda Keane, 84, of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, died of heart failure at Holy Child Center in Rosemont on Sunday, Aug. 30. The Catholic nun, who helped start the society's first ministry in the African country of Chad and worked in AIDS ministry for two decades, was an English professor at Rosemont College from 1962 to 1976. She started her teaching career at Rosemont School of the Holy Child, where she worked from 1955 to 1957. Then she taught at St. Leonard Academy in Philadelphia until 1959 and Rosemont Senior School of the Holy Child until 1962.
August 31, 2015 |
STARTING TUESDAY, Society Hill's elegant 18th-century Physick House hosts the shocking 1926 melodrama that got its original Broadway cast, including the suave Basil "Sherlock Holmes" Rathbone, arrested and thrown into jail by New York City cops. Rathbone said that the forced closing of "The Captive," a very old-school tragedy of same-sex marriage, was a "hideous betrayal" and a "cold-blooded unscrupulous sabotage. " Dan Hodge, the warm-blooded, scrupulous co-founder of the Philadelphia Artists' Collective, laughingly admitted that "when I first heard 'The Captive' had the reputation of being a dirty play, I ran right out and bought a copy.
August 6, 2015 |
Robert D. Lukens, 42, of West Chester, president of the Chester County Historical Society and a distant relative of the 19th century iron-mill owner Charles Lukens, died Sunday, Aug. 2, of cancer at his home. Mr. Lukens was a graduate of Delaware County Christian School, and received his bachelor's degree and doctorate in history from Temple University. He also held a master's degree from the University of Tennessee, in American history. Mr. Lukens began his work with the historical society in 1993 as a museum volunteer while an undergraduate.