Urban Renewal Scavenger Hunt

Some of the places that I looked at for the Urban Renewal Scavenger were:

  • Ritter hall
  • Curtis hall
  • Speakman
  • Paley Library
  • Barton
  • Beury hall
  • Bio-life science building
  • Annenberg
  • Presser Hall
  • Peabody Hall
  • Hardwick and Johnson Halls

I have some pictures below. I never knew how old these buildings were and why they were built. These urban renewal projects I walk by everyday. I’ve had classes in a lot of these buildings. I even lived in Peabody Hall my freshman year. A lot has changed though. Right now, Temple University is in the process of tearing down Peabody Hall. We are also getting a new Library. Though a lot has changed, these buildings have been a foundation for Temple University and the area. By just examining this small area of Philadelphia it is evident the significance of Urban Renewal.

The Cruiser Olympia

          The cruiser Olympia is an incredible piece of history to analyze in our city of Philadelphia.

          The USS Olympia is in the middle of the beautiful chaos of Penn’s Landing. Surrounding the entrance to the ship is a park full of different stands where patrons can get food or drinks. On this particular beautiful fall day, there were people all over of all different demographics sitting in hammocks, walking around and drinking on the grass. The environment was fun and welcoming. The cruiser Olympia sits in patience in this beautiful area waiting for visitors to explore her history.

            The experience of this cruiser was very pleasant. When you first enter the ship, you walk on this bridge over the water and over a little boat thing that I presumed to be a submarine. It’s a unique experience compared to other museums since it’s a museum of the USS Olympia in the USS Olympia. The museum is very informal unlike other museums like the Peale museum which seemed very serious and only meant for scholars. There were several plaques that explained history of the cruiser. For instance, the museum explained how the ship is from 1892 and is very rare since no other sister ships were built for this cruiser who helped the United States Navy in the Spanish-American war. The majority of this museum focused on not necessarily the accomplishments of the ship itself, but how these people lived and worked on this boat.

            Hundreds of people lived on this boat for months. Since it isn’t a formal museum and has a different structure, there helpful big bold blue arrows to guide you throughout the cruiser. While walking throughout this historic ship, you see the small cots which the people would sleep and the small old bathrooms in which people used every day. It is almost unfathomable how these people must have lived. The arrows slowly bring you up until finally you are on the deck of the USS Olympia. This was my favorite part.

            Being on the deck of the naval ship was beautiful. This is where I felt the most patriotism while being in this museum. People once stood where I was standing in battle for our country. It has a beautiful view of the Ben Franklin bridge over the river. After learning about how these men struggled, you end the museum with being on top of the majestic ship with a beautiful scene of our country.

            The most significant point that I took away from the USS Olympia is how hard the men worked during this century. When learning about this time of our country’s history, we talk about the progress and how hard the people worked for it. The USS Olympia is a great example of that. These men lived in a manner I could not imagine, but this experience made me imagine it a little better.


My Revolution Gothic Literature- Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

Since the revolution I picked is gothic literature, today I went to the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site. Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most well know gothic authors in American history. In reference to this site,  I think it would be more popular in a different location. It is located on 7th street by Spring Garden. Unlike the Charles Wilson Peale exhibit, the person welcoming people in didn’t even mention donations. She just said there is no fee. I liked the format of this museum because we were able to walk through the house including the upstairs, the garden area and the cellar.

As you can see in my photo, A lot of the rooms were mostly empty with one or two pieces of writing. I noticed that there was a lot of speculation to make the museum more interesting. For example, there was a fake stuffed animal cat in the cellar because the cellar looked like the cellar he describes in the black cat. Also, in one of the rooms it said that this is a bedroom that could be where his mother lived. What I liked the most about this museum is just how authentic the house felt. The staircases were really narrow and the cellar was super creepy as you can tell in the picture. I do wish there was a little more information throughout the museum, but the lack of objects made the house even more creepy.

This museum, just like so many museums expose how desperate the funding of public museums are. This museum is only open on the weekends. Also, this museum can teach people how it felt to live during the time of Edgar Allan Poe as well as what inspired him. Living in Philly during the early to mid 1800s in this creepy house with the death of his mother could all be inspirations to his writing. I really did enjoy this museum because of the vibe it gave the visitors.

Exhibit Review

When describing my experience with the Charles Wilson Peale museum, I must first explain my difficulty with simply getting into the museum. The first time I tried to go to the museum was on Friday September 22nd around 4 o’clock. I went there and the man told me it was closed all day. I did not see that anywhere on the website. Then I tried to go that Tuesday and I was told it was only open Thursday through Sunday which confused me since the Friday before the exhibit was closed. Finally, today, Sunday October 1st, I was able to get in. When I was inside, I was surprised how small it was. It is just one room. I wonder what is in the rest of the building. This room was very dark. I was surprised how many people were in the museum. There were a lot of people in there. I think if I was a tourist visiting Independence Hall, I wouldn’t go to see the Charles Wilson Peal exhibit since I didn’t even know who he was until this class. When looking at these people, It was literally all white older people. I felt almost smart and like I had to be on my best behavior by being in this room.

This exhibit was not what I expected. We talked a lot about taxidermy being in his museum, but there were only two stuffed birds. We also talked about how he wanted to do taxidermy in a way that showed these animals in their natural habitat. In this exhibit, that was not the case. The birds were laying down on their backs in a case with their wings to their sides. They just looked like dead birds. Also, I got to see his self portrait of him holding up the curtain up close. You could really better see the girl in the background with a shocked expression. Under that picture was a book of people who signed into his museum. John Adams in 1794 were one of those people. Just like we talked about in class, only the most prestigious people were able to go. We really didn’t talk about the time period after Peale. In the museum I learned that his granddaughter, Mary Jane Peale, kept his family’s artist legacy alive throughout the 19th century.

The exhibit’s primary success is simply its location. It is within the same area as Independence Hall which is an extremely popular tourist attraction. Some of the exhibits challenges include that it is only open Thursday-Sunday. Also, within the museum there isn’t a lot of things to look at. There is a lot of text. In my opinion, that makes the museum boring. Another challenge is the fact that the exhibit is so small I think undermines the importance of this man.

This exhibit definitely gave me an interesting experience.

Statement of Purpose

I chose my major and other focuses of study based on my intellectual interests. My major is Strategic Communication and my concentration is in Public Relations. I love the study of communication and the concept of further understanding how we can maximize our use of language to perfectly present information. I find it incredibly interesting how powerful the use of words are. Communication is used in everyday life, but is easily undermined. The correct use of communication can change the world.

My minor is political science and my certificate is in Spanish. I knew I always wanted to learn how to speak Spanish. I think it is such a beautiful language. It can also be so useful to be able to communicate to more people especially in our country which has such a large Hispanic population. I didn’t always know that I wanted to get into politics. I started college thinking I was going to minor in business. I took a few classes and hated it. I was slightly into politics, but honestly I was really into the TV show House Of Cards and I thought I would like to go into the political side of communications. After taking a few classes in political science, I realized I loved it!

I went to college straight out of high school. I am from the Jersey Shore. My dream job would locate me in Washington D.C. My brother lived there for a couple of years and that is when I fell in love with the city. I would love to be a campaign manager. I would bounce from governors and senators running their campaigns. I would also just like to be the PR in general for a governor or senator who I truly believe would make the world a better place. In my communication classes, especially with Dr. Bruce Hardy, he always emphasizes how learning to master communication is extremely powerful. One can be manipulative people in a terrible way or one can use these skills to make the world a better place. I want to make the world a better place.