Excavating The American Revolution

 

A reassembled commemorative punch bowl, wishing ''Success to the Tryphena,” a merchant ship on which sailed Philadelphians’ petition against the Stamp Act duties, c. 1765. (Commonwealth Heritage Group, Inc.)

A reassembled commemorative punch bowl, wishing ”Success to the Tryphena,” a merchant ship on which sailed Philadelphians’ petition against the Stamp Act duties, c. 1765. (Commonwealth Heritage Group, Inc.)

  • NewsWorks’ Peter Crimmins speaks with Rebecca Yamin, the urban archaeologist charged with preserving any and all artifacts gleaned from the excavation for the Museum of the American Revolution at 3rd & Chestnut; mostly that has meant delicately sifting through mid-18th century privies from the “unlicensed tavern” of Benjamin and Mary Humphrey. The yields of course point to how spatially appropriate the block is for a museum with such a purpose; the highlight has been a punch bowl unearthed last spring, commemorating one of the first revolutionary petitions in response to the hated Stamp Act.
  • The City Planning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend the approval of two Council bills connected to the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s proposed six-story, 135,000-square-foot headquarters, envisioned as the base for its remaking of the Sharswood community in North Philadelphia, reports Plan Philly. One bill would rezone most of what is mostly vacant land between Oxford, 20th, and 21st Streets and Ridge Avenue to CMX-3; the other would strike three small streets from the grid.
  • Officials at the Philadelphia International Airport announce yesterday $30 million in renovations to American Airlines’ Terminal B, including eight new restaurants and 15 tech-driven gate lounges, reports the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Alison Burdo. The 18-24 month construction process is expected to begin this fall.
  • NewsWorks Tonight’s Dave Heller speaks with historian Kathryn Wilson, author of Ethnic Renewal in Philadelphia’s Chinatown: Space, Place and Struggle, the first fully treated history of that neighborhood. Wilson will discuss her book this evening at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
  • Fairmount Park Conservancy and Parks & Recreation invite you to a free discussion—led by Hidden City’s Nathaniel Popkin—at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania this coming Monday at 6PM. Franklin D. Vagnone will present his and Deborah E. Ryan’s new book An Anarchist’s Guide to Historic House Museums, a guide towards a more honest and visitor-and-community minded way of interpreting and sharing the stories and achievements who lived there.
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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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