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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Date: June 20, 2007
Byline: Kathleen Iannacone

Letter: Burying History

How can the city of Philadelphia, as well as Independence National Historical Park, consider filling in the President's House dig and its findings? Although preserving it will be costly, filling it in will be another indication of a society that devalues its history.

When the Louvre in Paris was undergoing an expansion in 1984, the excavation produced a similar surprise — the remnants of its origins, the underground towers of a medieval fortress. This became a permanent exhibit.

Beneath the Louvre is now an underground complex of shopping galleries, boutiques, a post office, and a parking garage. Preserving the findings of the President's House dig could be the beginning of an underground renaissance for Philadelphia and pay homage to the struggles inherent in the birth of our nation.


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