For my alternative assignment for blog post four I chose to go to the Wanamaker building. The building is the first department store in Philadelphia, and in the country. If I could choose one word to describe the interior of the department store that word would be grand. The department store is massive, Its likes something you’d see out of a movie, the interior of the store really makes you feel like you’re back in 1910s/1920s. The building was first used for multiple department stores, but today is used for some department stores and in other floors used as offices.
The store says something about American life, it shows that we have a well functioning economy by having so many stores in one place that we have money to spend on luxury items. Not just necessities. It truly displays a theme thats often associated with the twenties, that theme is prosperity. The grandness of the building along with the organ add to that idea. The architecture is what I would imagine when reading “The Great Gatsby”, and I can only imagine what it was like when the 1920’s culture was alive.
The Wanamaker building reminds me of the reading about the worlds fair. The worlds fair was constructed to display American excellence and thats just what this building displays. Two very important displays in the building are the organ an the German eagle. The organ is the largest in the world. The German eagle is the eagle form the German display at the worlds fair. This building showed that American society was prospering, and that the American dream was a reality.
The revolution that I am doing are military bases in Philadelphia, since this is such a broad topic if centralized on the Schuylkill Arsenal. The Arsenal is located in west Philadelphia, and was established by the U.S army in 1800. The purpose of the arsenal was to supply U.S forces. During the civil war it turned into military textile manufacture and employed more than ten-thousand. During world war 1 the arsenal served as a quartermaster school and supply depot. The “Schuylkill Arsenal” was renamed to the Philadelphia Quarter Master Depot in 1926 and was moved to a new location in South Philadelphia. The original site was still used as a quartermaster school through world war 2, due to lack of space the school was relocated to fort lee, and the arsenal was used for storage. After the end of the war, the arsenal was closed in 1957, then sold to the Philadelphia Electric Company in 1961, then demolished in 1962.
The Arsenal is famously known for providing supplies to Lewis and Clarks expedition. President Jefferson did not wan the expedition to fail and gave the explorers full access to the arsenal and whatever supplies they needed.
The Arsenal is revolutionary in Philadelphia, because Philadelphia was a major city in the nation, and could hold, provide, and mass produce supplies for the U.S military forces,and expedition forces. It also served as barracks for enlisted men during world war 2 and the Korean War as well as an examination center for recruits.
I was unable to visit the arsenal due to its being demolished.
My visit to the Peale museum was extremely interesting. As soon as you walk in the museum states that the museum is a museum of history, natural science, taxonomy, and patriotism. Its rather small in size, but very interesting. There are letters from the Peales discussing what was in the museum at the time. There are also drawings of plants and animals throughout the museum.
I think the museum served its purpose for the time being, I think it especially showed the uniqueness of America, and that it was its own. It helped my influencing and promoting American culture by displaying what types of animals and pants were in the new country. It helped give a sense of self indentation for the America,
The most interesting display was that of the mastadom in the back of museum. The mastadom wasn’t inside the museum but out back, and there was a sign that said, “come see the great mastadom”. I found this the most interesting because it was the greatest attraction at the time and the fact it was American was even bigger. The tusks on the mastadom were also turned upsidedown so it would be appear more aggressive.
My name is Nathan Petonak, I am a sophomore at Temple University, from Pittsburg, Pa. I am currently undecided but I plan on declaring neuroscience as my major. My intellectual interests are the world of medicine, I have always been interested in the field of medicine. Over the summer I worked at Wills Eye Hospital on the oncology floor, there I was able to see patients in the clinic, watch surgeries, and worked on research papers. I am currently working in a submission for a ophthalmology journal. The most exciting part of the internships was seeing surgery from a surgeons perspective. It was a wonderful opportunity and has given me another reason why I want to pursue a career in medicine. I have a basic educational background, I graduated high school in 2016 and am currently an undergrad strident at Temple University. I hope to graduate with a degree in neuroscience, then to medical school (preferably temples medical school) and hopefully go on to be a surgeon of some sorts. Aside from medicine, the subject of history interests me, especially European history. In high school I took an AP European History course, my favorite part of the class was the French Revolution. I also enjoy learning about ancient civilizations. I am excited for the semester to kickoff especially after reading about how many firsts there were in Philadelphia. Its going to be very interesting to learn about what revolutions happened in Philadelphia that had a great impact on the nation and/or the world.