Thomas Meehan 1892

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be to in is allowed on 829 to a by her effects PENN'S TREATY WITH INDIANS Bright Prospects of Caring the Site of the Meeting. For TWO BODIES INTERESTED Councils and the Fairmount Park Art Commission May Join Hands and a Public Square, Fittingly Marked With Monuments, May Result. Open up a new public square covering the grounds of Pen n's treaty with the Indians, and erect there a bronze group, fittingly to commemorate this wonderful lesson of Philadelphia's history. That is the latest hint for a grand improvement of this city which has taken happy effect in the favor of those to whom it has already been broached. It touches two bodies Councils and the Fairmount Park Art Association and needs onlytheir co-operation co-operation co-operation to give the idea of each body double its original force. At the last annual meeting of the Park Art Association a desire to place representative American groups in Fairmount Park" was expressed by a number of members, and among the subjects spoken of the Penn treaty was j mentioned. Since Chairman Meehan's committee committee of Councils has been very active in the movement, which has been almost Mr. Meehan's life work, of putting new public ' squares on the city plans, ior greater beauty and for more air and recreation for the masses of working people people in their very homes. TWO BODIES INTERESTED. It occurred to The Inquirer that the art people and the movers for new public public squares ought to be made aware of each others' thoughts,and that the idea of a memorial group of Penn and the Indians Indians ought to be joined with the idea of 1 1. 1 , 1 . opening a puunc,square.iviemonaisougni to be erected on the spot where history was made. " A few days ago this thought was mentioned mentioned to John Sartain, the veteran artist who presided at the annual meeting of the Art Association. Mr. Sartain states that the more he thinks about 'it the more he leels that it would be a grand thing to do. Accordingly he will lay the subiect before the art committee ol the association at the next meeting. lesterday, when the subject was mentioned to Chairman Meehan, he was delighted with the thought. It happens that his committee on Saturday visited visited the Penn treaty grounds and were unanimously in favor of opening a new plot' there. The thought that the Fairmount Park Art Association might couple their project of a memorial group with the report of his committee gave him double hope of carrying the project through Councils. "But the Art Association might think that their group would not be appreciated appreciated over in Kensington, and might think it would only be properly appreciated in the Park," suggested Mr. Meehan. The favorable comment of Mr. Sartain was then repeated repeated to him, and Mr. Meehan felt that the prospect was in every way encouraging. encouraging. The other members of the committee committee are Messrs. Charles Roberts, Thomas Wagner, Nathan Lewis and George W. Kendrick. THE PENN TREATY GROUNDS. The Penn treaty grounds are a wharf property which is a scene of dirt, old carts, stray chickens, ' broken-down broken-down broken-down fences, a shanty or two, a small brick building, and, most conspicuous of all, a sign reading: "For Rent or Sale. Apply John K. Van Dusen." It is located at Beach and Hanover streets. The little treaty monument, five feet high or less, stands on the Van Dusen property in a corner nearest, to Neafie & Levy's shipyard. It was erected by the Penn Society in 1821, and probably represented a bigger financial financial undertaking than a 1200,000 park and f!0O,(5O0. bronze group would be now. Three wharf properties would have to be bought Van Dusen's, Harry Bumm's and Henry Plotz's, next to the latter of which is the width of Hanover street down to the river, which belongs to the city. The whole would make a square of little less than the usual size. The little statue has been so often moved about over the plot that the site of the great elm tree has been lost, so that the centre would as accurately memorialize the treaty as it is possible to do. lhe onlvdisadvantages presented from the artistic point of view are the nnat- nnat- tractiveness of the neighborhood, the Beach street railroad tracks and tumbledown tumbledown buildings in the neighborhood beyond. beyond. But the fitness of a memorial group on the scene of the event, and the advantages ot carrying the great lesson of history ennobled by art into the hearts and homes of toiling masses of Kensington, mav prove to be over whelming advantages. and have to The case on disease that ter, the last as the felt in thinking is

Clipped from The Philadelphia Inquirer25 Jan 1892, MonPage 3

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)25 Jan 1892, MonPage 3
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