Thursday, April 30, 2015

Top 10 Remembering Vietnam Veterans 40th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon

Today is the 40th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon

1. One of the highlights of the Veterans Day Parade in Media, PA each year is the roar of the Vietnam Vets on motorcycles. The Vets open the parade and you take notice and stand at attention.


2. The Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. does not tell the complete story of the Vietnam War but it can give a detailed description of the names of those that lost their lives, went missing in action and those that later died from injuries sustained during the Vietnam War.

3. The Wall was built without government support. Congress did give approval for the 3 acres of land at the National Mall, it is built upon. Jan C, Scruggs a wounded Vietnam Vet was responsible for starting the Vietnam Memorial Fund that initiated the project to honor those that were killed or missing in action from the Vietnam War.

A design contest was held with the following criteria:
1. must be reflective and contemplative in character;
2. harmonize with its surroundings;
3. contain the names of those that have died in the conflict or who were still missing;
4. make no political statement about the war.

A 21 year old undergraduate of Yale won the competition, her name is Maya Lin.  She was born in Athens, Ohio and is of Chinese descent. You can view a list of some of her other works at her Maya Lin Studio website. As you can see by examining the photograph of the wall below, Maya Lin meets all the requirements.




4. The memorial spans out into a V-shape. The walls are sunk into the ground, with the earth behind them. At the highest tip (the apex where they meet), they are 10.1 feet (3.1 m) high, and they taper to a height of 8 inches (20 cm) at their extremities. Symbolically, this is described as a "wound that is closed and healing." One side of the wall points in the direction of the Washington Monument and the other towards the Lincoln Memorial.








5. July 8, 1959 – Chester Melvin Ovnand and Dale Richard Buis were killed by guerrillas at Bien Hoa while watching the film The Tattered Dress. They are listed 1 and 2 at the wall's dedication. Ovnand's name is spelled on the memorial as "Ovnard," due to conflicting military records of his surname. Look at the top left hand corner of the tablet on the right you will see 1959 etched in stone and on the tablet to the right at the bottom right hand corner 1975. May 15, 1975 – 18 U.S. servicemen (14 Marines, two Navy corpsmen, and two Air Force crewmen) are killed on the last day of a rescue operation known as the Mayag├╝ez incident with troops from the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. They were the last servicemen listed on the timeline. On May 4, 2010 – Six names were added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial during a ceremony. The new names are veterans who died after the war as a direct result of injuries suffered in the combat zone





6. June 8, 1956 – The first official death in Vietnam was United States Air Force Technical Sergeant Richard Bernard Fitzgibbon, Jr. of Stoneham, MA who was murdered by another U.S.A.F. airman. Technical Sergeant Richard Bernard Fitzgibbon, Jr. USAF was the first American to lose his life in the conflict that would later be known as the Vietnam War. He was murdered - shot by another airman and dying of his wounds later on June 8, 1956. Through the efforts of his sister, Alice Fitzgibbon Rose DelRossi, Fitzgibbon's name was added to the Vietnam War Memorial in 1999. Following his father's footsteps, Richard B. Fitzgibbon III joined the United States Marine Corps and also served in Vietnam, where he too was killed in September 1965. The Fitzgibbon deaths are one of only three amongst US casualties in which both father and son were killed in the Vietnam War. Other Father-Son Pairs appear on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and  the names of eight women appear on the Vietnam Memorial Wall, military personnel only. No civilian casualty of the Vietnam War is represented on the memorial to my knowledge.


7. The Three Soldiers Memorial bronze statue by Frederick Hart (one white, one African American, and one Hispanic ) was dedicated in 1984.



8. ("Faith, Hope, and Charity") the three nurses shown tending to a wounded soldier in the Glenna Goodacre-sculpted Vietnam Women's Memorial statue. Approximately 11,000 American military women were stationed in Vietnam during the war. Close to ninety percent were nurses in the Army, Navy, and Air Force.


9. On November 10, 2000 a memorial plaque, authorized by Pub.L. 106–214, honoring veterans who died after the war as a direct result of injuries suffered in Vietnam, but who fall outside Department of Defense guidelines was dedicated. Ruth Coder Fitzgerald, founder of The Vietnam War In Memory Memorial Plaque Project, worked for years and struggled against opposition to have the "In Memory Memorial Plaque" completed. Veterans who died of cancer from Agent Orange and suicide from PTSD were those who fell outside the Department of Defense guidelines to be included on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, as I understand and are to be honored by this plaque.


10. The guys in the yellow hats at the Vietnam Memorial are all volunteers. I am not 100% sure if they are all Vietnam War Veterans but the one I overheard speaking was and he flies in once a month to volunteer to teach the visitors about the memorial and to honor his comrades who died.  He feels he owes it to them and it is good therapy for him as well.



An incredible and thorough point of reference about the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. is thewall-usa.com.

On the website virtualwall.org you can search the names on the wall by state and city. You can also drill down and get a bio of the people listed. There are some sobering facts; you also can place a face with a name by using the (Faces of Freedom) photos link. In Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have a very long list of names. Thomas Alva Edison High School in Philadelphia is said to have the largest loss of American life in Vietnam of any high school alumni.

Check out PBS, they have had some great specials on this week to honor the 40th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon.

If you would like to see photos of some of the heroes aboard the U.S.S. Midway you can view a blog I have from a few years back at my The U.S.S. Midway link. The museum is an amazing place to visit and one you will not want to pass up if you travel to San Diego.  It is a highlight.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Top 10 Plus Reasons Why Some Men have Dogs and not Wives

This is not my own created original list, I am just sharing an amusing list passed on to me, just for fun.

Reasons Why Some Men have Dogs and not Wives

1. The later you are, the more excited your dogs are to see you.

2. Dogs don’t notice if you call them by another dog’s name.

3. Dogs like it if you leave a lot of things on the floor.

4. A dog’s parents never visit.

5. Dogs agree that you have to raise your voice to get your point across.

6. You never have to wait for a dog; they’re ready to go 24 hours a day.

7. Dogs find you amusing when you’re drunk – and don’t get annoyed when you start stroking them whilst you are drunk!!

8. Dogs like to go hunting and fishing.

9. A dog will not wake you up at night to ask, “If I died, would you get another dog?”

10. If a dog has babies, you can put an ad in the paper and give them away.

11. A dog will let you put a studded collar on it without calling you a pervert.

12. If a dog smells another dog on you, they don’t get mad. They just think it’s interesting.

13. Dogs like to ride in the back of a pickup truck.
14. If a dog leaves, it won’t take half of your stuff.

This does seem to contradict that men do not like to be barked at.

I do not endorse this list. I have cats, they would scratch my eyes out if they thought I was going to the dogs.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Top 10 April Awareness Month

April is just about to end.  Where did that month go?

National Autism Month Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys. Read the facts and Learn the signs at Autism Speaks.


National Child Abuse Prevention Month The Division of Violence Prevention at CDC works to better understand the problem of child maltreatment and to prevent it before it begins. We all wish our kids came with manuals so we can look up exactly what to do when things go wrong, maybe Google it but this is not always the place to find answers. The CDC does have Tip Sheets you can read over to start with, don't be afraid to ask for help if you are struggling. Perfect Parents do not exist, just ask your kids. If they roll their eyes you know you did a good job.

National Lawn and Gardening Month and a big congratulations to all those that are on schedule.  Your garden beds are all cleared of debris that accumulated over the winter months and you have made the assessments of just exactly what toil in the soil awaits you on these upcoming sunny and warm weekends. I have made eye contact with a few trouble spots.

National Inventor's Month  Okay best invention EVER. What would you pick and who do you want to thank for that? Al Gore, Google, Grapes?  It is an interesting thought to ponder.  What invention just makes your day? 

Scottish American Month How many great Scots can you name? At least twenty three presidents of the United States have some Scottish or Scotch-Irish ancestry, although the extent of this varies. John Paul Jones, Alexander Hamilton, nineteen of the fifty-six delegates who signed the Declaration of Independence came from Scotland or Ulster. The first men on the moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, were also of Scottish descent.

 

Sexual Assault Awareness Month 1 in 5 women and 1 in 59 men have been raped in their lifetime. 


STD Awareness Month be informed and be protected. Get tested!

Stress Awareness Month Not everyone can easily identify that they are stressed. Some people cope well with the big stuff and sweat the small stuff and some folks can just step right over the little things and get to the big ones. What are some of the big ones? Death of a loved one, loss of job, financial trouble, emotional stress, job stress, social stress, health related worries, marital problems, divorce, teenager issues, bullying, college acceptance, homework completion, learning disabilities just to name a few.  We live in a stressful world sometimes self created and other times a pure product of our environment. Learn to step back and look at the big picture, much easier said than done. Start with counting to 10 if you feel things spiraling out of control, then take a walk. You can take a stress test at medicinenet.com.  I would not recommend taking it if you are stressed however, I just scored 5 out of 9 which makes me a failure at 56%.  Luckily I wasn't feeling stressed at the time and I can take the evaluation. They do offer some stress management techniques, start there.


National Celery Month Celery, onions, and bell peppers are the "holy trinity" of Louisiana Creole and Cajun cuisine. Chopped onions, carrots, and celery are the base for many French cuisines. The saute of onions and celery create the first aroma of Thanksgiving dinner as I prep the stuffing. Celery is used as a positive influence in many weight loss plans.  Looking for something crunchy and healthy? Peanut butter and celery is a good combo, as well as cream cheese, a ranch dip, just about any dip gets along well with celery. It is a great addition to any salad including chicken salad and cole slaw. Celery does not like all people, it can cause an allergic reaction to some but not to me.  I think I will snack on some now.  This list made me hungry. Good Stuff.
  







Monday, April 27, 2015

Top 10 Upcoming Events Week of April 27

April 27 What's a brain break? It's a chance to give the mind and body a new boost of energy by taking a small exercise break. Next Monday, Kids.gov and others will be discussing healthy habits such as fitting in physical activity during the day so kids can feel better and perform better in school. At 8 p.m. ET,
share your ideas and join the conversation on Twitter by following and using #khchat!Follow @Kidsgov @KidsHealth @girlshealth @GoNoodle @Playworks @Shape_America and @Spark_Programs.

April 28  Academy Award Nominee Last Days in Vietnam documentary premieres on PBS at 9 p.m. Check PBS station for alternate times.

April 29 History of Norwood explore the early hostory of Norwood followed by a "Then and Now" slide presentation by Keith Lockhart 7 p.m. at Norwood Public Library located at 513 Welcome Ave, Norwood, PA.




April 30 History Lecture: The Springfield Historical Society presents “When The Railway Came To Concord”, Al Eelman and Ed Keane from the Concord Historical Society will present a slide show and share their information and pictures on the railways between 1857-1972. This local railway even transported troops during World War11 and was also used to ship mushrooms from this area to Philadelphia. The railway once went from Wawa to Perryville and from Philadelphia to Perryville. At first it was called the Philadelphia and Baltimore Central and later the Octorara branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad. ALL ABOARD! 7:30 p.m. at the Springfield Township Building
50 Powell Road, Springfield, Pa. The program is presented free of charge with light refreshments served at the conclusion.


April 30 Fall of Saigon 40th Anniversary.

May 1 Fun and Games at the Peter Wentz Farm Night Life What happened at the Wentz house after the sun went down? Guests ages 12+ only; Pre-Registration required (610-584-5104). The Farmstead is located at 2030 Shearer Road, just off of Route73/Skippack Pike in Worcester, PA. Please call 610-584-5104 for more information.

May 1 First Friday Movie Night Under the Stars and Stripes 5:30 p.m. join the Betsy Ross House for the return of the First Friday favorite, Movie Night Under the Stars and Stripes! May through October, kick back, relax, and enjoy a selection of cult horror classics from the 1950s and 60s in the historic courtyard. Be sure to arrive early for special after hours tours of the House starting at 5 pm. May 1st movie Bride of the Monster BUY TICKET.  Admission is $5 and includes a tour of the Betsy Ross House and movie screening.




Get tickets now for May 2 Meade Sites in Philadelphia presented by the General Meade Society.  Departs 8 a.m. from Laurel Hill Cemetery and returns to Laurel Hill at 5 p.m. Tickets $60 includes bus, driver tip, lunch and post tour. Click on the link for complete details. Contact Jerry McCormick  215-848-7752.



Get tickets now for May 2  All American Rock and Soul Concert, First Ladies of Rock and Soul  hear the 13 piece live band perform songs made famous by the Supremes, Ronettes, Martha and the Vandellas, Marvelettes, Mary Wells, Shirelles, Chiffons, Crystals and More! at the Community Performing Arts Center located at Pennsylvania Institute of Technology 800 Manchester Avenue, Media, PA. Show Time: 7:00 p.m. Doors Open: 6:00 p.m. TICKETS: $35 PER PERSON Proceeds benefit the Delaware County Historical Society Education Programs and Museum. Ticket information delcohistory.com or (610) 359-0832.



May 2 Chester Charter School for the Arts' Pop Up Party for the Entire Family, Art Exhibit and Sale at the McCabe Library, Swarthmore College 5:30- 7:30 p.m.


Friday, April 24, 2015

Top 10 Plus Weekend of April 24 Events


Gun violence kills 30,000 Americans every year.
How many are too many?

This Saturday, April 25, St. John's will erect the T-Shirt Memorial to the Lost which commemorates the 155 lives lost to gun violence in Delaware County from 2010-2014.  Join us in praying for all our neighbors and their families whose lives have been so tragically impacted by gun violence.


Happy 25th Birthday to Hubble click on the link to see all live and online "streamed events". The Hubble Telescope has taken us outta this world.
 
April 24 Food Truckathon VI at the Swarthmore Co-Op 5 - 9 p.m.

April 24, 2015 Tour of Chanticleer Garden Houses 4:00 p.m. at 786 Church Road, Wayne. There will also be a wine reception in Emily’s house at beautiful Chanticleer. All day admission is complimentary for RHS’s guests. Space is limited. To reserve your spot, please write to: chanticleer@radnorhistory.org or call 610-687-6251.

April 24 Arbrew Day 2015 Arbor Day is a national celebration of trees and all the good work they do for our communities. Join us for our own special celebration at the locations below from 4-7pm on Friday, April 24. Everyone who takes home a free yard tree to plant in their (Philly) yard will also get a free Yards beer and a free “Drink Beer. Plant Trees.” t-shirt

April 24 Philadelphia Science Festival Kick off Party at The Franklin Institute

April 24-26 The 33rd Annual Chester County Antiques Show
A Benefit for the Chester County Historical Society at the Phelps School, Malvern, PA.

April 24 starts Philadelphia Science Festival check website for events

April 24 Designer Bag Bingo Community Center 7 W. Delaware Avenue, Marcus Hook, PA 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Marcus Hook Preservation Society, the restoration of the Historic Plank House and Artifact Library.

April 24-26 The Phelps School, 583 Sugartown Road, Malvern, PA 19355
The Chester County Historical Society is pleased to announce the 33rd Annual Chester County Antiques Show, at the Phelps School in Malvern. The Preview Party will be held on Friday, April 24 (5:00pm – 9:00pm). The show general admission will run on Saturday (10:00am – 6:00pm) and Sunday (11:00am – 5:00pm). The event will feature more than 48 exceptional dealers from throughout the country. Preview Party ~ 6:00pm to 9:00pm Admission $130 or 5:00 pm Early Admission $200 General Admission $15. Includes Show Catalog and Free Parking
Chester County Antiques Show a benefit for the Chester County Historical Society.

April 25 Free Shred Event (RAIN OR SHINE) in Brookhaven Paper Only 9-11:30 A.m. or until truck is full at the Brookhaven Shopping Center sponsored by Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union.

April 25 CHOICES Coalition of Hope Offering Inner City Empowerment Services Inc. conducts its fourth annual Charity Breast Cancer, Pink Stiletto Stroll 1 Mile in Her Shoes 9 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at Memorial Park, Seventh and Engle Streets.

April 25 Man O’War Gala Hosted by The Associated Auxiliaries of Riddle Hospital
6:00 pm–Midnight at Springfield Country Club.

April 25 Colonial Plantation All Things Sheep (Sheep Shearing Day)  and  April 26 Colonial Plantation (12:30pm – 2:30pm). Blacksmith Workshop.

April 25 Bird Philly event at Historic Bartram’s Garden is perhaps the best 40 acres of birding in Philly! With river access, fields, woodlands, wetlands, and ornamental plantings, this spot has an amazing diversity of bird‐attracting habitat. We expect to see late wintering waterfowl with early arriving breeders and migrants like warblers and orioles (both species). Meeting Location: 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19143.7:00 am

April 25 Please Touch Museum presents the Storybook Ball Once Upon a Time....6 - 9 p.m.

April 26–27 Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Festival at The Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.



April 26 Blacksmith Workshop atColonial Plantation Do you want to become a blacksmith apprentice? Learn the basics of blacksmith? The workshop will cover safety at the forge, how to start a fire and work the blower, how to heat metal and basic techniques on working with metal. Students will make an s hook by the conclusion of the class. Bring leather gloves. Limit 6 participants. Cost is $25.00 per person ($15.00 for members). Instructor – Ben Rohrbeck. 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the office at (610) 566-1725.
 

April 26 - May 30 2015 Bucks County Designer House and  Gardens House Tour Villa d'Braccia 745 Stump Road, Chalfont, PA 18914. Check on the link for advanced ticket information.

 April 26  Thomas Massey House Sunday afternoon tours begin.




Thursday, April 23, 2015

Top 10 Upcoming Philadelphia Science Festival Days

One of the best events of the spring 
in the Philadelphia area.

2015 Philadelphia Science Festival - April 24 - May 2




So many events, so many great locations, so little time.


Here are the highlights.  Most events are free but not all check the on the location before you go to prevent any surprises. All events will be fun.  You just have to experiment.
 
1. Friday, April 24 PSF Kick-off Party: 8-Bit Night
at the Franklin Institute.This is a 21+ event.

2. Friday is Astronomy Night at (29) stellar locations (Raindate May 1) 7:30 -10:30 p.m.

3. Saturday Discovery Day many choices, experiment!

4. Sunday Explorer Day still exploring those possibilities.  Check them out, amazing choices. 

5.  Monday- Neighborhood Science Afterschool at Free Library of Philadelphia Locations 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Educator Workshops at various locations. Quizzio, DIY brewing and Big Ideas for Busy People.


6. Tuesday   Neighborhood Science Afterschool at Free Library of Philadelphia Locations 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Science of Networking, Cookie Lab! and An Alchemist: Toast to Health, Wealth and Longevity.



7. Wednesday Educator Workshops at various locations. Neighborhood Science Afterschool at Free Library of Philadelphia Locations 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Let's Get Happy and Nerd Night: Science Myth Busted!

8. Thursday Educator Workshops at various locations.
Afterschool at Free Library of Philadelphia Locations 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Inspired by Nature, Dinner from Weeds, Gross Anatomy.



9. Friday Beer Lab and You're the Expert featuring Wyatt Cenac.

10. Saturday Free Science Carnival on the Parkway! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As of Wednesday, most volunteer opportunities were full with the exception of waste watcher. If you want to help it looks like a fun job and I think you might get a free T-Shirt!


Click on the events calender for a complete list. 

Recommendations...experiment.



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Top 10 Ways to Balance with Nature on Earth Day

Is it the smell of the salt air as you cross the bridge from the mainland to the island?

Do you need a hug? Wait for the welcoming embrace of the arms of the bay.

It could be the American flag that waves from the towering construction crane. No worries the congestion will soon be gone and you will have your freedom.

1. Word is out but I have learned to share. On the one end of the island it was quiet and peaceful.  It is where you can observe people pausing to take a moment to absorb the beauty.....

 and watch the surfers.


Yes that water is cold.



If you are going in, dress accordingly.



2. Exciting news the restroom at Holgate is returning and almost complete and the Acme construction seems to be in its last phase. There are wonderful restaurants in town but you can't eat out everyday, of course you can but what about the snacks! I do miss the only movie theater on the island and worry about the fate of the Surflight Theater but it looks like the LBI Lighthouse International Film Festival June 4-7 will still use that space.



3. My dune grass planting is entering into its 2nd year.  It is not the tallest or strongest looking one but I can guarantee it was planted with love and he is coming along just great. He's family so I have
to take his picture each season as he grows. Mine is on the left side in the front.  It was the last one planted that is how I know.


4. If you like action, head on down to the other end of the island.

5. It has action film setting written all over it. Check out the high flyer. Yikes can you imagine that! He was pretty close but I still could not tell if that was Snoopy or the Red Baron. All that was identifiable, he was having a good time





6. The boardwalk is unique, there are no shops but it is always busy. What more would you need to shop for at the beach anyway? Right, snacks and bait are necessities, you will have to come prepared. Sunscreen is also recommended especially on a gorgeous sunny day like this was.



7. You will need a license to fish but the fish are free. Someone asked this gentleman what kind of fish can you catch here, and he replied, "I don't know, it is my first time" and he smiled. That is the beauty of the island.



8. The most loyal subject on the island, Ole Barney.  There he stands as a welcoming symbol to all who know and love the island.



9. No big secret here, I get my balance at the beach.  Try it, you are going to like it.



10. If you play nice with nature, she plays nice back. Kindergarten 101.

How about you?  
Where on Earth can you find your balance?

Let's protect this precious commodity we have and all her brilliant features, heaven right here on earth.

Happy Earth Day 2015. 

Remember April showers bring May flowers.  

It's all good.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Top 10 "lecture alert" First World's Fair in America"

Photographs at delcotopten.blogspot.com

1. The Centennial International Exhibition of 1876, the first official World's Fair in the United States, was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from May 10 to November 10, 1876, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. Officially named the International Exhibition of Arts, Manufactures and Products of the Soil and Mine, it was held in Fairmount Park along the Schuylkill River.
 

2. Herman J. Schwarzmann designed the Art Gallery building (later known as Memorial Hall). It was made of brick, glass, iron and granite. Memorial Hall, the only exhibit building to survive on the Centennial site. It was designed in the beaux-arts style and housed the art exhibits.  You may recognize it in another way. Since 1976 the Please Touch Museum has taken up residence there.



3. These two building were built as comfort stations during the 1876 Centennial and went through extensive restoration in 2011. I believe they are used as art workshops now. They sit just outside the Horticulture Center.


4. This statue of Rev. Dr. John Witherspoon made of bronze and granite was erected by members of the Presbyterian Church for the 1876 Centennial Exhibition.  If the name sounds familiar, I do believe that I read once that Reese Witherspoon is a descendant of a signer  of the Declaration of Independence. He was the only active clergyman in the Continental Congress and an early President of Princeton.  I believe this is her guy. Wikipedia says her claim has never been verified but I believe her. Joseph Alexis Bailey was the artist.


5. I had to travel all the way to City Point, Virginia to find out about this building. It is now at its original location where it served as Grant's Headquarters during the Civil War but it sat in Fairmount Park for 116 years.  It was on display during the 1876 Centennial. Ulysses S. Grant just happened to be President during the 1876 Centennial.




6. Miss Folly's Fountain can be seen inside the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park. Margaret Foley's fountain stood in the center of the main conservatory of Horticulture Hall.


7. Eleven nations beside the U.S. had their own exhibition buildings. So did 26 of the 37 U.S. states. (Ohio House alone survives). It can now be rented out for functions. Would you like to see inside?  Okay wait till #10. I peeked.


8. I am using this park map to illustrate where I found the Japanese lantern in the following picture.  On the map it says Japanese lantern spring.  I do not know if it was part of the Centennial it is off the beaten trail a little if you travel the path from Shofuso to the Horticultural Center. It has age to it so it is possible but I would think it would be marked if it were so, unless I missed a sign. It is in the area I was told the Japanese Pavilion was during the Centennial.








9. Name dropping for the Women who rarely get credit in history. A Women's Centennial Executive Committee was formed with Elizabeth Duane Gillespie, a descendant of Benjamin Franklin, as president. In its first few months, the group raised $40,000. When the group learned the planning commission was not doing much to display the work of women, the group raised $30,000 for a women's exhibition building. Elizabeth Hutter also was a leading organizer for the 1876 Centennial Exposition among many other roles she played in history.


10. I do not know if the wallpaper on the wall is original to the Ohio House but it sure looks like it could be. If not it sure promotes it.  The outside of the building is pretty awesome too.









If you would like to learn more about the 1876 Centennial Exhibition, the First World's Fair in America, come to the lecture by Mary Ann Eves at the Helen Kate Furness Library located at 100 N. Providence Road in Wallingford at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 23.

The Please Touch Museum offers Centennial Grown Up Tours for adults.

You can also get additional information on

Historic Buildings in the Philadelphia Park system at the Fairmount Park Preservation Trust website.

The Association for Public Art formally the Fairmount Park Art Association has a public art bike map and an audio Museum Without Walls tour  among others, check it out under maps.