Category Archives: history

Paw Paw Season

My apologies for being so silent for so long, friends: the Whitman book has kept me quite busy over the summer, but I did venture out recently to seek out the handful of local clonal patches of Paw Paw (Asimina … Continue reading

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The Local Frontier: The Lost Cemetery

In this episode of The Local Frontier, I investigate the case of Monument Cemetery, whose tombstones now line the Delaware River in a forgotten part of Philadelphia.

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My Great Great Great Great Great Great Grandpa

When my grandmother was young, her great aunt had a picture on her wall.  My grandmother described it as a man in a feather headdress. She was told it was an ancestor of hers, and that he was a chief. … Continue reading

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Carranza’s Last Flight

Excerpt from Goodwill: The Flight of Emilio Carranza from Robert A. Emmons Jr. on Vimeo. For more about Emilio Carranza, go here.

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Accidental Poetry

Today I had the privilege of visiting Suningive at Whitesbog and leafing through the recently-rediscovered blueberry test breeding notes of Elizabeth White, who helped bring the blueberry into commercial cultivation. This book of notes was rescued from a dumpster soon … Continue reading

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The Local Frontier, Part III: Schuylkill

The third and final episode of my solo journey through the urban wilds of Philadelphia’s waterways. My thanks to Shawn Annable and Marc Brodzik of Woodshop Films for their hard work on this series. The Local Frontier, Episode I: Rancocas … Continue reading

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The Local Frontier, Part II: Delaware

The adventure continues.

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The Local Frontier, Part I: Rancocas

At last, the first episode of Scrapple.TV’s coverage of my expedition. Enjoy!

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Saturday Oct 29th: Ascot workshop at the Rosenbach

Over time I’ve learned that one has to be utterly without shame with these things, so here’s my spiel: Does your wardrobe need some 19th-century flair? Have you looked in vein for something that will give you a certain vampiric … Continue reading

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Sunday Oct 30th: Expedition Presentation at Bartram’s Garden

Friends: This Sunday between 1pm and 3pm I will be doing a presentation at Bartram’s Garden on the historical, aesthetic, and ecological particulars, musings, and happenstances of The Hidden River Expedition, the three-day kayak trip I made this summer through … Continue reading

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