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Next Week in Frankford

  • Frankford Garden Club MeetingNext Week In Frankford
    When-Tue, April 28, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    Where-house next to FGM on 1500 block of Orthodox Street (map)
    Description-We will hold our April meeting on Tuesday April 28, 2009, at 6:30 in the house next to FGM on 1500 block of Orthodox Street. I’m sorry I don’t have the exact address. Bring something to share from your garden, a beautiful flower, some herbs, or stories of your garden success! All welcome. Come and join us.
  • Tacony civic Association Flea Market
    When-Sat, May 2, 8am – 4pm
    Where-Disston Park – Keystone and Disston Streets, Phila. PA (map)
    Description-Event: Tacony Civic “FLEA MARKET” “Get RID to the junk without having to SHIP IT” What: Flea Market Host: Tacony Civic Association Start Time: Saturday, May 2 at 8:00am End Time: Saturday, May 2 at 4:00pm Where: Disston Park
  • Grand Army of the Republic Museum Open House
    When-Sun, May 3, 12pm – 5pm
    Where-4278 Griscom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description-Presentation at 1:30 PM: United Daughters of the Confederacy and their Mission Betty Mastin, UDC, Phila Chapter
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Grand Army of the Republic Museum

img_2541editThe Grand Army of the Republic Museum was in the news today again.  It’s an interesting issue regarding the Lincoln relic owned by the museum.   They have been asked to have the blood stained fabric that was part of the pillow case that cradled the dying president’s head after the assassination DNA tested for evidence of a rare genetic syndrome.  The board of directors will make a decision in early May.  It’s interesting to note that Lincoln’s surviving son was known to be adamant in his desire to let his father rest  in peace after the attempt to steal his body in 1876.  One can speculate that his feelings on this matter would extend to DNA testing as well.

We are at the eve of the 144th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination and by coincidence I have been reading, for the last four months, “A Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin.  I confess, this is the first Lincoln book I have read and it has been facinating.  I had some vague ideas about the civil war (war between the states) but really did not pay a lot of attention to the overall picture of what was going on in the country at the time.  This book brings it all together and let’s you walk away with your own conclusions.  I have added this to our Amazon bookstore page and it’s worth the price of the paperback edition.

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Grand Army of the Republic Ruan House

In the Bulletin Friday was a nice story by Tom Nickels about the Ruan House which he titled “Inside the Grand Army of the Republic Museumimg_2541editand an editor headlined “Memorial to Civil War Oddities”.  I know Tom would not have used that phrase.  But for those who do not know about this unique place in Frankford, it is a good introduction.  From this picture that I took today, the structure itself has never looked better.  You can find their web site on our Frankford Resources page or go to it directly via this link.