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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: “Rights”-ful Ownership

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on June 10, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp There are two things in this life that I particularly love: early American history, and a good dramatic mystery. So of course, when news broke that Pennsylvania’s original copy of the Bill of Rights may have been found in the New York Public, my ears pricked up and I started tuning […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: A Pinch of Sage

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on June 4, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp, As many of you already know, I started a new job at the museum this week. On the one hand, it’s the easiest start to a job ever – I already know my supervisors and coworkers, I know the programs we’re going to run, where they will be and when, and […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: The Price is Right?

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 28, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp, I fib sometimes to get discounts. At the gym: Are you a student? Totally! (-$25 on membership) At the movies: Is your parent a senior citizen? Yes! (-$3 per ticket) At the store: Do you have a club card? Absolutely! (+$5 in coupons for giving my sister’s phone number.) So it […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: City of Museums

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 20, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp, Since college, I have tried really hard to dislike Philadelphia. It probably had something to do with dating a guy from Pittsburgh, but it mostly boiled down to this: its not big like New York, it’s not the capital like Washington, it’s not as strong-willed as Boston, and I hate all […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Cinderella Ate My Breakfast

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 13, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp, I did not have the chance to make my mom breakfast in bed this Mother’s Day. I had to go to Philadelphia to be a princess. The Please Touch Museum hosts an annual Mother’s Day Princess Brunch for Centennial Guild Members (i.e.: platinum level, or those who pay for the highest […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Museum Professionals 360°

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on May 6, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp, If you’re friends with me on Facebook, then you may know that I spent Sunday morning at the Stainton Society’s Annual Brunch, which featured CNN journalist Anderson Cooper as a guest speaker. The Stainton Society is an Atlantic City-based medical philanthropy group and the annual brunch is their big fundraiser for […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: No Fairy Godmother Required

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 29, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp Last April, in a fit of ridiculousness, I declared myself Her Royal Highness, Madeline, Ice Princess of Pittsburgh and All Western Pennsylvania. My friends rolled their eyes, sighed, and obliged until the Pittsburgh Penguins were knocked out of Stanley Cup contention in the first round, thereby ending my reign supreme. This […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Playground v. Playpen

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 22, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp I had the good fortune to spend Passover with my cousins this year. Being closer to Philadelphia now, we don’t see our New York family members as often, so we jump at the chance to spend time with them. Especially if we know one of the babies will be there.  I […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Meet the Museum!

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 8, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp, Welcome to Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic’s new series Meet the Museum! where we interview museum professionals in the Mid-Atlantic region to get a feel for who they are and what they’re up to. Today, we’re talking to the Please Touch Museum’s new Manager of Visitor Services, Patrick Wittwer. Tell us a […]

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Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic: Dream a Little Dream

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on April 1, 2013 in Dispatches from the Mid-Atlantic |

by columnist Madeline Karp Working for a children’s museum, I am all about supporting the hopes and dreams of young children. Kids tell me them all the time. I hear dreams of being an astronaut, a firefighter, a doctor, a professional athlete. I hear dreams about being able to read chapter books or tying shoes […]

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