Beloved tour guide Estelle Rubens had told the academy she planned to leave it a little something after she died. No one expected this. The $8 million gift is one of the largest in Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts history.
A National Endowment for the Humanities grant being announced Thursday will put the historic church near the $3.1 million it needs to stabilize and renovate the steeple and the brick tower on which it sits. A handful of other local groups will receive grants, as well.
Artist Sonya Clark mounts an exhibition featuring the Confederate Flag of Truce, the dishcloth that signaled the end of the Civil War and was promptly forgotten by almost everyone. Clark asks: What if this other flag had endured instead of the Confederate Battle Flag?
The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, on Washington Square, has just won an international honor. And while it's globally famous, "there are probably more people out there who know about us than people across the street,” says the site's director.