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[Update 11:31 a.m.] Turns out this is a better story than I thought. The Wall Street Journal reports:For years, historians have disagreed whether the New York Public Library's original copy of the Bill of Rights is the one that went missing long ago from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.On Wednesday, the state and the library are expected to call a truce after agreeing to share custody of the 223-year-old document for the next century, at which point the agreement must be renegotiated or extended.While no clear-cut answer has emerged as to the document's rightful owner, the pact ends five years of
In 1976, the Queen of England brought over a replica of our old pal Liberty Bell, to commemorate the Bicentennial. How sweet and thoughtful--our new friend was even molded in the same foundry as the original!But when the six-ton bell arrived, no one could bear to look at him and his hideous uncracked facade. So he was banished to the red brick tower on Chestnut and 3rd, where no one could see him. For 25 years, until the dawn of the 21st century, the poor bell rang twice a day, wailing out in solitude. Finally, one day, the clapper broke,
Just when you thought the National Constitution Center was getting too edgy with their Prohibition exhibit, they've decided to scale things down to PBS-volume again. On February 4th, Rolling Stone author Al Gore will crash the NCC to protest Article II, Section I of the Constitution. Ha! No, actually, he'll be there to hawk a new book, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. Insert lame 'inventing the internet' joke here. [Philebrity]
National Constitution Center, you are confused. Not sure if you realize, but your Board of Trustees just elected former Florida Governor Jeb Bush as their chair. I know you've taken quite a few serious blows in the last year or so, but the Bush family actually diminishes the luxuries afforded to us by the Constitution, not highlights them. So, really, one of their members might not be the most prudent choice to turn things around–after all, you're supposed to be an organization that cherishes that document. Then again, after that Springsteen exhibit, I'm not so sure. [Philly.com]
Today's Sixers press conference at the National Constitution Center to welcome new players Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson (here with team owner Josh Harris) was more like a pep rally. Andrew is excited to be back on the East Coast. He grew up in Princeton. When he said he plans to be on the Sixers for the rest of his career, the crowd erupted in thunderous cheers. The crowd was loud and boisterous, especially when Harris said they would bring a championship to Philly this season.
Funny guys Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis zipped through the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia this morning while promoting their new movie The Campaign. They weren't in character as they "signed the Constitution" and thanked the Eagles who showed for the appearance. They also ribbed the Flyers for not winning the Stanley Cup. They were only on stage for about 10 minutes.
Sometimes there are so many juicy news topics to pick from that it is hard to figure out where to shoot first. Perhaps the perfect antidote to the increasingly nutty debate taking place among the GOP presidential candidates are the upcoming Bruce Springsteen shows in Philadelphia. Springsteen’s just released CD, Wrecking Ball, gives a voice to those who are struggling while the rich get richer. Springsteen taps into an America that seems to have lost its way. He captures the state of play in the song “Shackled and Drawn.”
The National Constitution Center is arguably one of the most confusing tourist attractions in our history-steeped town. The Constitution doesn’t even live there! And the programming can be a little … strange. (Remember the Princess Diana exhibit?) But, this time, they’re housing an exhibit that is as American as apple pie and fun to boot.
A little bit of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be calling Philadelphia home with the must-see exhibition "From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen" at the National Constitution Center from February 17th to September 3rd. I got a preview of the show at a press conference yesterday. Frank Stefanko photographed the singer with his 1960 Chevrolet Corvette when Springsteen was at Stefanko's Haddonfield home for an album cover shoot. (The iconic Darkness on the Edge of Town shot of Springsteen with the rose-flowered wallpaper in the background was taken in Stefanko's dining area.) Stefanko photographed Springsteen for several years and forged a 30-year friendship with him. The Corvette is the centerpiece of the Constitution Center exhibit. Springsteen bought it in 1975 with the money he earned from "Born to Run."