Curator Previews The Museum Of The American Revolution

 

Historian Philip Mead is director of curatorial affairs for the Museum of the American Revolution, set to open in April | Photo: Ed Hille, for The Inquirer

Historian Philip Mead is director of curatorial affairs for the Museum of the American Revolution, set to open in April | Photo: Ed Hille, for The Inquirer

  • The Inquirer’s Mike Newall speaks with historian Philip Mead as he readies the exhibits of the Museum of the American Revolution at 3rd & Chestnut Streets prior to its opening in April. The 39-year-old curator, recounting his initial boyhood visit to Philadelphia, decribes a city of disparate revolutionary charms in need of an overarching, integrated narrative. Towards that end, Mead and his team hope to inspire visitors with the inclusion of various items, from the field tent that lent shelter to General Washington, to the diary of a lowly foot soldier, journaling while under artillery siege within Fort Mifflin.
  • Frankford CDC is renovating the Doral building at Frankford Avenue & Paul Street, reports the Frankford Gazette. Besides providing office space for the CDC, the two-story, 4,100-square-foot building will be filled with an internet café on the ground floor. “The building will retain the old block facade with tempered glass in a recessed entrance. The old terrazzo tiled entrance will be repaired as well as the stained glass above the entrance door transoms. The showcase windows will be preserved and used as a display for community and café programming.”
  • A shooting in Rittenhouse Square last week has compelled residents and park patrons to demand additional police protection for the iconic Center City park. A community meeting Monday night saw officials promising that stepped-up patrols will focus on curbing drug use; advocates for the homeless will promote better options for those displaced due to the renovations underway at The Gallery and LOVE Park.                       
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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