Aug 26, 2020
A Short Hemingway Fish Story
The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia includes in its collections a fish specimen from 1935 whose name hints at an interesting passage in the institution’s history:...
Aug 10, 2020
George Washington Didn't Sleep Here
George Washington didn't sleep here. But he ate, drank, and met famous people at City Tavern, a dining establishment that served members of the Continental Congress and the...
Jul 27, 2020
Remembering Carlton's Stellar '72 Cy Young Season
It was all so typical. On July 23, 1972, the Phillies were playing the Dodgers in Los Angeles when lefthander Steve Carlton was hanging on to a shutout. But the Phillies weren't...
Jul 20, 2020
Inside Longest-Running Music Festival in North America
The first Philadelphia Folk Festival (PFF) in 1962 was attended by about 2,500 fans on a farm in rainy weather. In 2019, about 16 times as many fans – 32,000 – came to...
Jul 11, 2020
Daniel Boone Didn't Wear a Coonskin Cap!
I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks. – Daniel Boone Daniel Boone was an explorer, a hunter, a participant in The French and Indian War,...
Jun 16, 2020
This Ballplayer Played for Both Teams in One Game
There is only one baseball player named Dale Holman, an outfielder who played for several minor league seasons in the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays...
Jun 8, 2020
Remembering Philadelphia's Broad Street Station
As a boy, Ted Xaras's father took him to one of the nation's great train depots, Broad Street Station, located in downtown Philadelphia. “We went out on the platform and...
Feb 27, 2020
This Man Was at Every Key Civil War Battle
Samuel W. Crawford, M.D. was about to enjoy the comforts of civilization on a September morning in 1860. An Army surgeon, he’d spent the past 10 years at posts in the...
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