September 5, 2014 |
'Who founded New York?" asks one of the experts toward the end of the seventh episode of the local history documentary series Philadelphia: The Great Experiment . "Who founded Boston or Chicago? The answer is . . . I don't know. Nobody cares. That's the point. " But everyone, from grade-schoolers to pensioners, from East Coast to West, knows who founded Philadelphia: William Penn. Airing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on 6ABC (WPVI-TV), the seventh episode of The Great Experiment , titled "In Penn's Shadow (1680-1720)
November 30, 2012 |
Jeremy Nowak, president of the William Penn Foundation for only 18 months, has left his position, the foundation announced Wednesday, catching the region's nonprofit and educational communities by surprise. Foundation officials said in a statement that "differences in approach regarding implementation" of William Penn's new strategic plan - developed during the aggressive Nowak's tenure - led to the departure. There was no hint it was coming - even foundation staff members were caught off guard.
June 9, 2015 |
She was known variously as Alice, Alice of Dunk's Ferry, Black Alice, or Old Alice. She was a slave who lived at least 108 years - some say 116 - and saw three centuries. She never learned how to read or write, and never gained her freedom, but her head was filled with priceless memories. Alice could tell a story like no one else - whether it was about meeting William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania; witnessing the early days of Philadelphia; or navigating boats between Dunk's Ferry - now Beverly - and what is now Bensalem.
September 14, 2002 |
The caliber of football is strong in the Diamond State. Egg Harbor Township discovered that last night in a season-opening 20-7 loss to visiting William Penn of Delaware in a nonleague game played in Egg Harbor Township. Ranked No. 8 in South Jersey by The Inquirer, Egg Harbor Township never moved the ball consistently against a William Penn team that lost to eventual state champion Newark, 6-0, last year in the semifinals. Meanwhile, William Penn (1-0) showed that it is a serious contender to end Newark's reign as five-time Delaware Division I state champion.
February 23, 2012 |
The William Penn Foundation is donating $1.5 million to help restructure the Philadelphia School District, and officials said Wednesday they thought the move could bring more funds from the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. The money would go directly to pay for what is regarded as a much-needed management consultant, William Penn president Jeremy Nowak said Wednesday. Nowak also said the foundation would help the School Reform Commission identify other private funders to help turn the district around.
December 1, 2015 |
It looks like a movie set from National Treasure , a dusty church-basement gym crammed with boxes, bureaus, mirrors, and paintings. There's no hidden map, but perhaps a future treasure: The plan is to turn the old gym, with its worn backboards and broken hoops, into a multiservice center to help the city's homeless, offering meals, showers, bathrooms, mental-health care, legal advice, and more at a Center City religious landmark. "We want to provide a place where all the different types of ministerial services we have available, our folks, and in the community and partner ministries, come together and provide services," said the Rev. Mike Harder, a pastor at Liberti Church.
July 3, 1994 |
Montae Roundtree came to Penn's Landing and found Penn snoring. Daniel Sigmund, portraying William Penn, was taking a nap during Delaware River Days, part of Welcome America! Festivities continue today at Penn's Landing and elsewhere.
September 24, 2012
Beneath a clear, blue 9/11 sky - almost too blue, as it was that Tuesday 11 years earlier - I climbed to the top of Philadelphia's tallest office tower in search of an urban legend. I wanted to see with my own eyes what I had been telling people for years. Not that I ever doubted the story. As we all know, William Penn works in mysterious ways. The story I tell is familiar to Philadelphians and delightful to visitors hearing it for the first time. For almost 100 years, the tallest man-made object in Philadelphia was the bronze Quaker hat, atop the 37-foot-tall statue of Pennsylvania's founder, that crowns the City Hall Tower.
November 30, 2015 |
On a clear day, the newly opened observation deck on the 57th floor of One Liberty Place offers unhindered views as far as Limerick's steaming nuclear plant cooling towers in the north to Wilmington in the south - with all of Philadelphia's urban bustle packed in between. What would our city's founders, stuck at pedestrian level, have made of such a panoramic, bird's-eye vista? "I am beside myself," offered the Benjamin Franklin impersonator hired to stand next to the observation deck's larger-than-life, geodesic bust of Franklin and greet the opening-day crowds Saturday.
November 19, 2015 |
ACROSS THE CITY, many classrooms lack what Alison Walters has cobbled together from 10-cent yard sales, book-club deals and the proceeds of side jobs she works "to support my teaching habit": a colorful, voluminous classroom library. City and school officials want to change that. Yesterday, Mayor-elect Jim Kenney, Superintendent William Hite and 30 other leaders gathered at Clara Barton Elementary to launch a $3.5 million fundraising campaign aimed at placing libraries in every Philadelphia School District elementary classroom.