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(Detail of a lithographic version of the Emancipation Proclamation by Charles Shober of Chicago.)

On 150th Anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation, Reflections on Its Philadelphia Impact

January 1st, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the first document that put the US government in official opposition to slavery.

01/01/2013

(Bobby Livingston of RR Auctions, wearing document-handling gloves, shows a group of visiting students some of the signatures being displayed prior to their auction.  Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Our Country’s Founding Fathers Come Together Again, Briefly, in Philadelphia

This collection of signatures of all 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence heads to auction on December 15th.

11/13/2012

(Students at Friends Academy of Westampton pose by the tepees that are part of their Lewis & Clark program.  Photo provided)

South Jersey Students Bring Lewis & Clark Studies To Life With Cookout, Campout

Students at Friends Academy in Westampton, NJ spent the summer reading up on the early 19th-century exploration of the American West. History teachers have centered on the project.

09/28/2012

(Some of the human remains found at Duffy's Cut.  File photo)

Penn Anthropologist Thinks Cholera Fear Led To Main Line Murders 180 Years Ago

The remains of five Irish immigrants unearthed a decade ago near Paoli, Pa. were today transported to a cemetery for burial this coming Friday.

03/06/2012

(The York River, near the spot where the "Monitor" and the "Merrimack" clashed.  Credit: Jay Lloyd)

Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: 150th Anniversary of Iconic Civil War Naval Battle

This week, Civil War buffs will be observing a reënactment of the most significant naval battle in US waters -– the clash between the “Monitor” and the “Merrimack,” on the Chesapeake Bay.

03/01/2012

(The working fishing boat "Waterdog," momentarily at rest in Rock Hall, Md.  Credit: Jay Lloyd)

Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: Become a Chesapeake ‘Waterman,’ If Only For A Day

A getaway to the nearby Chesapeake Bay this summer could put visitors on a working crab boat, on the trail of Captain John Smith.

02/23/2012

(File photo)

Plan For Revolutionary War Museum in Old City Moves Ahead in City Council

Council’s Rules Committee gave an initial okay to a zoning change for the southwest corner of Third and Chestnut Streets.

02/22/2012

(Valley Forge National Historical Park.  File photo by John Ostapkovich)

4,000 Boy Scouts Expected This Weekend at Valley Forge Encampment

The “Washington’s Birthday Encampment and Pilgrimage” is the oldest continuous scouting event in the world.

02/17/2012

(Scaffolding covered the Independence Hall tower for more than a year during restoration.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Saturday Afternoon Ceremony Slated For Restart of Independence Hall Clock Chimes

By Tim Jimenez PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — After an 18-month wait, a historic bell will toll tomorrow on Independence Mall in  Philadelphia. No, not that bell.  This one is called the Centennial Bell, and it hangs […]

02/17/2012

(Delaware governor Jack Markell at the National Constitution Center this morning.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Del. Governor Helps Constitution Center Unveil Events Marking 225th Anniversary Fête

The United States Constitution turns 225 this year, and the National Constitution Center, on Independence Mall, has lined up a year’s worth of events to mark the anniversary.

01/18/2012

(Lisa Acker Moulder, director of the Betsy Ross House, with the tools and ingredients using in Colonial times to make chocolate.  Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

Yummy History of Chocolate Coming To Betsy Ross House

Lisa Acker Moulder, director of the Betsy Ross House, says that from December 26th through 31st, they’ll be hosting free historic chocolate-making demonstrations.

12/22/2011

(A shopkeeper in the historically reconstructed town of Williamsburg, Va.  Credit: Jay Lloyd)

Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: Historic Williamsburg, Va.

For traditional 17th-century fare this Thanksgiving, how about a getaway to this old Virginia colony?

11/17/2011

(One mural, at the end of a hallway in the Independence Visitors Center, includes painted brickwork to blend with the surrounding actual brickwork.  Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

Two New Philadelphia Murals Highlight Societal Conflicts in Colonial America

“The hooks are actually where a lot of the carcasses of the cows were hung, and they remind you of some of the things that hooks were used for over the next 200 years in our history.”

10/07/2011

(At least two video displays were not working properly at the President's House today.  Credit: Ed Fischer)

City Replacing Finicky Video Displays At ‘President’s House’ Historic Site

The site, which opened just ten months ago on Independence Mall, has been plagued with technical problems right from the beginning.

09/26/2011

(Part of the W3R trail, in Schuylkill Banks Park.  Photos by John McDevitt)

Nation’s Newest Historic Trail Dedicated in Philadelphia

The trail, known as “W3R” for “Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route,” runs 685 miles from Newport, RI to Yorktown, Va.

07/14/2011

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