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(Bicycles along the Schuylkill River Canal.  Photo by Jay Lloyd)

Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: The Nearby Schuylkill River Trail

Want to avoid traffic and crowds this holiday weekend, but still get into the great outdoors? Here’s an ideal getaway just minutes from home.

08/28/2014

(A security barricade is seen in front of the Washington Monument on August 25, 2011, two days after an earthquake struck the region.   File photo by  Mandel Ngan/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Montco Measurment Company Makes Digital Image of Washington Monument

A 2011 earthquake along the East Coast caused extensive damage to the Washington Monument. Now, an Abington company is helping to preserve the tourist attraction.

08/13/2014

(Photo by John McDevitt)

In Haddonfield, NJ, Digging Into Early U.S. History

Dozens of volunteers and professional archeologists have been working side by side in Haddonfield, NJ, to uncover pieces of history from more than two centuries ago.

08/08/2014

(Photo by John Ostapkovich)

Postal Workers Visit City of Their Genesis For National Convention

About 8,000 members of the National Association of Letter Carriers are in Philadelphia, many with family members.

07/22/2014

(Dave, a friend of Jay Lloyd's mother, lounging at front right with his unit behind the lines in France, 1918.  Juliet Shubert collection)

Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: A Trip Back in History

If you have a family connection to World War I and are vacationing in Paris this summer, may I suggest a stop at the French Museum of the Army.

07/17/2014

(Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong runs through final notes before the launch of Apollo11.  Photo by NASA/ Keystone/ Getty Images)

45th Anniversary of Moon Flight That Culminated In ‘One Small Step…’

Exactly forty-five years ago, the attention of the entire world was on three brave men going, as the saying goes, where no man had gone before.

07/16/2014

("For Sale" signs dot the way along Elfreth’s Alley.  Photo by Michelle Durham)

Houses Going Up For Sale Along Nation’s Oldest Residential Street

Owners are not permitted to change the exterior in any way but can remodel inside to their hearts content.

07/11/2014

(An actor protraying Continental Army colonel John Nixon reads the Declaration of Independence to a crowd gathered outside Independence Hall.  Photo by Rachael Grossman)

At Independence Hall, Echoes of a Public Proclamation 238 Years Ago

A reënactor portraying Col. John Nixon read the words of the Declaration of Independence to hundreds assembled in Independence Park, behind Independence Hall.

07/08/2014

(A seamstress works on one of the hand-sewn flags created by the Defense Logistics Agency in Philadelphia.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Continues Centuries-Old Tradition of Hand-Sewn Government Flags

The nation’s presidential and vice presidential flags are all embroidered by hand, and only in Philadelphia.

07/06/2014

(A stereopticon image of the Statue of Liberty's hand and torch on display at the Philadelphia Centennial, in 1876.  Image provided by Library of Congress)

New Book Recalls Philadelphia’s Role in Bringing Statue of Liberty to U.S.

Author Elizabeth Mitchell says the iconic statue’s hand and torch made a trip to Philadelphia in 1876 to help raise fund for the project’s completion.

07/05/2014

(A fife and drum corps marches in the Independence Day parade.  Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

Independence Day Parade Winds Through Old City Philadelphia

There was an abundance of music, costumes, and American flags, a celebration of the many cultures that make up this city.

07/04/2014

(Thomas Jefferson reënactor Steve Edenbo chats with visitors at the National Constitution Center, on Independence Mall.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Controversy Erupts Over Punctuation in Declaration of Independence

In the midst of celebrations in Philadelphia, we caught up with “Thomas Jefferson” (Steve Edenbo, in full character) at the National Constitution Center.

07/04/2014

(Philadelphia civil rights luminaries meet with Mayor Nutter in front of a new exhibit at Philadelphia International Airport.  Photo by Pat Loeb)

New Airport Exhibit Honors Philadelphia Civil Rights Leaders Past and Present

Philadelphia marked the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by unveiling a new exhibit today at Philadelphia International Airport.

07/02/2014

US Vice President Joe Biden waves at the press in Vina Del Mar, Chile on March 11, 2014 after Chilean President Michelle Bachelet's inauguration.  File photo by Claudio Reyes/ AFP/ Getty Images)

VP Biden Will Take Part in Philadelphia’s July 4th Ceremonies This Year

Biden will join Mayor Nutter and others on Thursday morning in front of Independence Hall for the 2014 edition of the “Celebration of Freedom” ceremony.

07/01/2014

(Photo by Pat Loeb)

Young Philadelphians Revisit the 1964 ‘Freedom Summer’ in Mississippi

Nearly 40 students from Youth United for Change will attend the “Freedom 50″ conference, honoring the civil rights workers who signed up African-American voters in 1964, including the three who were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan.

06/24/2014

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