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See The Faire Mount Where Rocky Ran, Eakins Painted And Bell’s Telephone Rang

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that they were dazzled, astounded and charmed by what they saw there. William Dean Howells pronounced that just one day spent there would provide a rich return. Herman Melville declared that it … Continue reading

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Behold The Artist In His Museum

Some people flock to the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa; I made a beeline for the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts to behold The Artist in His Museum. Charles Willson Peale’s 1822 self-portrait is considered to be his masterpiece, and … Continue reading

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Door Hinges Are As Important As Renoir Paintings

“What are you doing this weekend?” This familiar Friday-afternoon exchange has contributed to the heft of my “Places To Go” folder. One of the most intriguing additions has been the Barnes Foundation, a museum that displays its collection in unique … Continue reading

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How Many Famous Franks Can You Find In The City of Murals?

1960s Philadelphia was a place beleaguered by gangs who expressed themselves through graffiti. Following Chicago’s lead, mural artists ignited change by painting giant-sized images on the sides of public buildings in the city’s poorest neighborhoods that attracted attention from passers-by. … Continue reading

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Meet At The Eagle To Hear A Grand Organ Recital

He’s hefty, hails from Frankfort, Germany, and has 5,000 feathers. After flying in from being on view in the German arts and crafts exhibit at the 1904 St. Louis Exposition, this 2,500-pound bronze eagle landed in the Grand Court of Wanamaker’s … Continue reading

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This Philadelphia Pilgrim’s Progress Included A Corset And A Music School

“Don’t ask me to do anything like that again anytime soon,” my pastor said after he accompanied a group of parishioners to Philadelphia during Pope Francis’ September 2015 visit there. Being in the midst of hundreds of thousands of people … Continue reading

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Eat Schnitzel With Philbert At Reading Terminal Market

I cut my teeth on the joys of public-market shopping with produce from the Lusignolos, chicken from the Baumans, lunchmeat from the Heurichs, and other staple foods from the merchants who operated stands in the Quonset hut that was Columbus’ … Continue reading

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