I believe I haven’t had the pleasure of making your acquaintance until now, so allow me to introduce myself. My name is Edward Perkins, and I have long been a member of the Pennsylvania Preservation Society. I’ve been invited to join the board of that outstanding institution many times, but I’m reluctant to take on administrative responsibilities at this stage of my life, although I’m pleased that my great-niece Alice has been an intern there for several months now and speaks well of it. Since I was never lucky enough to marry, Alice has become like a grand-daughter to me, and she has excellent judgment.
I have deep roots in the Philadelphia area, as does Martha Terwilliger (whom you’ve met before), who I count among my friends, even though she’s a generation younger than I. Nell Pratt, President of the Society, Martha and I have long been concerned about how best to serve the mission of the Society, which has been described as “to preserve and protect” our country’s and our region’s rich history.
Sad to say, it is no longer enough to merely preserve the evidence of the past. I’ve seen the city change around me for many years now, and not always for the better. Now that I’m in my so-called sunset years (and still in possession of my faculties) I’ve been casting about for a way to address some of the problems that the city faces, and I think I’ve come up with an interesting solution. Or rather, two intertwined solutions. I must say I’m feeling rather proud of my proposed resolution of some thorny issues. I won’t go into details until the plans have been finalized, but I think many people will be happy with the outcome. I feel that’s my legacy to a city that I love.
I hope you will agree.
GIVEAWAY! Leave a comment (with your contact information) and you will be entered to win a copy of Dead End Street (as soon as I lay hands on one!). Edward has also asked that I include another prize: a small model of the well-known Liberty Bell (the original is on display in its own enclosure in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Don’t worry—the model is only 2” high!).