Seven score and nine years ago, the Union League opened to support the North in the Civil War.

Starting June 16, the staunchly private club will open a section to the public. The Heritage Foundation, a center for Civil War research, programs, and exhibits, is being built on the ground level at Broad and Sansom Streets.

League members are bankrolling the $5 million facility, whose first exhibits will trace the league's history and explore each year of the war.

The foundation, which has not yet determined its public hours, will exhibit a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln, the hat that Lincoln wore in disguise on his inaugural journey to Washington, and a pike used in the raid on Harpers Ferry. Accompanying videos are by History Making Productions, Sam Katz's company.

Media activity

Philly-based fashionista Lilliana Vazquez is joining The Nate Berkus Show (2 p.m., NBC10) as a featured style expert. She's up for Thursday's show. Vazquez, also regular contributor to NBC10's 10! show, is founder and editor of the Cheap Chica's Guide to Style, a blog at


Diego Ramos is doing a week's tryout on the Chio and Shila in the Morning show on Wired 96.5. Ramos and Chio worked together at Q102 from 2000 until Chio quit in 2006. Q102 released Ramos in 2009, after which he opened a bar. Chio producer Joey B, also a Q102 alumnus, said Monday's show felt like "he's been with us ever since."

Philly's Carolyn Creary turns up as a contestant on Let's Make a Deal at 10 a.m. Tuesday on CBS3.

Local angles

Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick and Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick have learned the sex of their baby due in September: a girl, she told me Monday. They were married in November.

Roxborough-bred actress Kim Delaney attended a surprise 80th-birthday party Sunday night for Michael Testa, a friend of her father, Jack Delaney, at McGillin's Olde Ale House in Center City.

The James Beard Foundation's list of nominations for culinary awards, announced Monday, includes Vetri (one of five competitors for best restaurant in the United States) and Michael Solomonov of Society Hill's Zahav (for best chef in the mid-Atlantic region). Sam Calagione of Delaware's Dogfish Head Brewery is a nominee for wine and spirits professional - though beer is neither wine nor spirit. Awards ceremony will be May 9. On March 30, Solomonov will do cooking demonstrations on the premium levels of the Wells Fargo Center during Sixers Jewish Heritage Night. 

Nicole Barrett of Wayland, Mass., was looking into colleges when her mother suggested she check out Lasell College in nearby Newton. When she typed the college's name into Google, she added an "e" and La Salle University popped up. Intrigued with what she read, she is now a junior social-work major at the Philly school and interns at Womanspace, a facility for homeless and drug-addicted women.