Boathouse Row by Dotty Brown

Boathouse Row: Waves of Change in the Birthplace of American Rowing by Dotty Brown Temple University Press, 273 pages, cloth $35 Mention “Pennsylvania” and “navy” in a game of word association, and history-minded folks might mention U.S. Brig Niagara, Oliver Hazard Perry’s War of 1812 flagship that fought in the Battle of Lake Erie. Another guess might be the USS...
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Crews, Clubs and Clubhouses

Long before the light of the rising sun touches the tops of the tall silver buildings of center-city Philadelphia, turn­ing the sky to the color of gunmetal, morning has dawned on Boathouse Row. Morning comes early to that small swatch of the Schuylkill River, and to the ten old Victorian era structures renowned throughout the world as a center for rowing Рand recognized by...
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Keystone Born, Hollywood Bred: “Movie Buff” David Mallery Reviews the Acting Careers of James Stewart and Grace Kelly

There is magic in the movies. They draw viewers away Рeven if but for a few hours Рfrom mere ordinary, everyday life to see their own experience and the experience of others in a detached but powerful way. Some induce laughter, others bring tears. But audiences seem grateful for the opportunity to know the richness, the complex­ity, and the irony of events without their having to...
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On the Cutting Edge

When the Philadelphia Skating Club and Humane Society was founded on December 21, 1849 – and for the following seventy years – nearly all figure skating around Philadelphia took place outdoors, most often on the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers. An ice skating fad swept America and Europe in the mid-nineteenth century, and hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life –...
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