Shaw memorialThere are three days left to view the...

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January 01, 1998|By Karin Remesch

Shaw memorial

There are three days left to view the dramatic installation of Augustus Saint-Gaudens' "Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts Fifty-fourth Regiment," the monumental sculpture depicting the first African-American infantry unit from the North to fight for the Union during the Civil War. The installation at the National Gallery of Art in Washington closes after visiting hours Sunday for about seven months while skylights are replaced in the West Building's American galleries.

Since its public debut in September, the Shaw Memorial has been seen by more than 93,000 visitors, an average of 1,297 a day. Completed in 1900, the sculpture is on long-term loan from the National Park Service, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish, N.H.

Admission to the exhibit is free. The gallery, on Constitution Avenue between Third and Seventh streets N.W., is closed today. Hours tomorrow and Saturday are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 202-737-4215. About 20,000 capped and caped, speckled and sequined Mummers, following generations of family footsteps, will strut through Philadelphia in the 98th Annual New Year's Day Mummers Parade.

Up to a million Philadelphians and visitors are expected to line the parade route - 2.5 miles of unreality up Broad Street, from Morris Street to City Hall, and down Market Street to 11th Street. The nation's oldest continuous folk parade also features string bands, comic groups, fancy brigades, strolling performers and food along the parade route.

And for the first time ever, the Fancy Brigades will be judged indoors at the Philadelphia Convention Center. First watch them march and perform on Broad Street, then head inside for the judged performance. Pre-entertainment begins at 3 p.m.

The parade runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Grandstand seating at City Hall is $10. Admission to the Fancy Brigade Finale at the Convention Center is $10. Combination tickets for both events are $3 off. Call 215-636-1666.

Pub Date: 1/01/98

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