Thursday, March 26, 2015

Colonial Plantation Opens this Weekend!!!

Still looking for this home. The Davidson Mansion in the Clifton Heights area

Colonial Plantation

Opening Day - March 28 "The Best Our Pretty Farm Affords" Training Calves (12:00), Milking Cow (3:00), Colonial Coins, Textiles, Blacksmith, Woodworking, Hearth Cooking, Colonial Games and Farm Animals. Click here for more information.

March 29th - Steer Training (12:00), Milking (3:00), House, Tours, Farm Tours, Hearth Cooking and Blacksmith.


Friday, March 20, 2015

The Morton Morton House and gardening PLUS Easter Egg Hunt!!


Looking for an address a Newtown Twp. home c.1918


The 1696 Thomas Massey House
Marple Historical Society
The 1750 Morton Morton House
A presentation by Judy Anastasi President of the Norwood Historical Society
7:30 March 24th
Marple Christian Church
475 Lawrence Rd. Broomall
For information 610-353-4967


Chadds Ford Historical Society
(Chadds Ford, PA) – Chadds Ford Historical Society will host a series of Lectures this coming spring so please mark your calendars. All lectures are on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Barn Visitors Center. Free for Chadds Ford Historical Society members. $10 suggested donation for nonmembers.

March 24,

Lecture by Chuck Feld

The History of Horticulture in America, Part II, 1750 to 1925
By the mid 1700’s the wealthy were planting gardens with native plants and new plants from Europe. Nurseries were coming big business supplying fruit trees, vegetable seeds, and ornamentals. Mc Mahon Nursery in Philadelphia was one of the leaders in the seed and nursery business. Lewis and Clark returned from the West with new plants, and seed which M’Mahon propagated and sold to the influent gardener.
Washington and Jefferson in the post-revolutionary period were leaders in new agriculture practices including compost, and manures as fertilizer. Perhaps greatest progress in agriculture in the first third of the nineteenth century was the westward spread of the industry. The lecture will include Mount Vernon, Monticello, the mulberry and the silk worm, the Shaker’s seed business.


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Chadds Ford lecture this Tuesday

It's Colwyn looking for a street and 100 block Thank You!!

Spring Lecture Series
Chadds Ford Historical Society
(Chadds Ford, PA) – Chadds Ford Historical Society will host a series of Lectures this coming spring so please mark your calendars. All lectures are on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Barn Visitors Center. Free for Chadds Ford Historical Society members. $10 suggested donation for nonmembers.

March 10:

Lecture and book signing by Gary Pendleton.

“100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid Atlantic.
Gary Pendleton is a noted plein air painter and illustrator. He has passion for art, nature and art history. Over the past two years, he combined these three passions into a book “100 Plein Painters of the Mid Atlantic After participating in oils for a number of years, Gary began exploring painting outdoors, en plein air, the scenes he saw everyday around the, the country side and the Chesapeake Bay, inspired him to join the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association and in 2010 he was elected president of the association. He has participated in numerous plein air events across the Mid Atlantic including the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Annual winter plein air event.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

History of Ridley Township Part one this Wednesday

The Glenolden Mill c. 1890
History of Ridley Township - Part 1
March 4 at 6:30 pm
Local historian Keith Lockhart will present the early history of Ridley Township in Part 1 of a two-part series. Did you know that Glenolden, Prospect Park, Norwood, Eddystone and other boroughs were once part of the Township? Learn these and other little-known facts in this presentation, illustrated with original photographs. Keith Lockhart is a lifelong Ridley resident, who maintains 2 websites on local history. Part 1 ...of this series will focus on the early history of Ridley Township. Part 2 will focus on the later history of the Township.

This free program will be held Wednesday, March 4th at 630 pm in Garling Hall in the Ridley Township Municipal Building at 100 E. MacDade Blvd. Folsom.
There are 75 spaces available - Contact: Mary Tobin 610-583-0593




Part two will be on

 Wednesday March 18 at 6:30 pm


Sunday, February 22, 2015



Join the Delaware County Preservation Network on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 7pm in County Council Chambers in the Media Courthouse, side entrance, for this free event.  Come out to this program and find out how to participate.  And if your are not a site or a society, come out and find out how to access and use this great resource. Doors open at 6:30pm.  Meter parking is free and plentiful at this time of night. The Hidden Collections Initiative Program is just the ticket you have been looking for!  Refreshments will be served!

Every local historical society and site has interesting history stored away in boxes at their, documents, memorabilia, etc.  Wouldn't it be cool if someone got funding from a huge foundation and sent professional archivists out to each site to survey them, make finding aids, put them all in a central searchable date base and then issued a FREE report to each participating site recommending how they can better organize and preserve what each site has?  Yes, that would be cool!  AND it is happening!

Now is the time to get onboard and take advantage of this rare opportunity before the funding dries up.

Local Historian and long time Delaware County collector, Keith Lockhart will display some rare items from his collection, including "The Society for the Prevention of Horse Thieves" in Haverford and Radnor Township in the 1850's plus more. Keith will be displaying his items at 64:5 sharp and give a 5 minute talk before the main talk starts




Hidden Collections Initiative of Delaware County

Delaware County Historic Preservation Network presents

Hidden Collections Initiative to Delaware County

Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 7:00 p.m.


Delaware County Gov't Center Building, County Council Meeting Room, 201 W Front Street, Media, PA

Hundreds of small archival repositories in the five-county Philadelphia region hold thousands of individual collections documenting a wide range of topics and geographic areas. Private, non-profit organizations with a history-based mission or that have historically significant archival collections, that agree to make their archives available to the public, and that do not employ a full-time, professionally trained archivist are eligible for participation in the project.
Project staff identify small archival repositories in the Philadelphia area, survey and assess their archival collections, and create summary finding aids to these collections. The finding aids are made publicly accessible in an online database developed by the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL). Within this single online resource, researchers may search collections held at a wide range of Philadelphia-area archival repositories, from the smallest all-volunteer organizations to the largest professional institutions.
In 2013, DCHPN introduced representatives of the Hidden Collections Initiative to Delaware County historic groups and outlined the services they could offer.  Join us for this presentation on the collections in Delaware County that have been cataloged and find out how your organization can be involved in the Initiative’s continuing effort to add additional collections to the online database. Participating organizations receive a report on improving their collection.
An added bonus to the event will be a display of unique and rare Delaware County books and artifacts from Keith Lockhart's collection for everyone to enjoy before the event as you mingle with colleagues and friends. Give will give a 5 minute talk at 645 about some of the items.
Free and open to all.  Please register at or 610-891-4910. 
Refreshments will be served