If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday. ~Pearl Buck
I was anchoring the news this morning and was intrigued by a story about free museum tickets. All you had to do was go online and get a free ticket from the smithsonian website and pick a museum near you.
I picked the Fireman’s Hall Museum in Philly on 2nd Street. I’d never been and Philly has some great firetruck antiques and firefighting history. I was most struck, though, by the little display on the firefighters who lost their lives in 911. Every one of their pictures are there. It hits you.
As I was about to leave I realized a place that’s always free and historical is right next door: Elfrith’s Alley. I’ve never walked down this street amazingly preserved from 1702.
It was not the home of anyone famous. It was a street where common working people lived and eventually was considered a slum until historians saved it from the wrecking ball and a plan to put I-95 right through it.
Anyway, a free ticket was a wonderful idea to get folks into museums and history and I had a great time playing tourist in my own city.