Thursday, November 20, 2014

A sports exhibit and walking tours are coming!

 
 
 
 
The 400 block of Market St aka Ave. of the States in Chester in 1897
 
 
 
 
Legendary
Delaware County Women’s
- Wide World of Sports -
Exhibit
Charlene Morett - 1980
Olympic Parade Uniform to be worn in Moscow
Sue Stahl - 2001 Lacrosse World Cup Jacket
Mares Stellfox - Auto Racing
Helmet & Fire Suit Putty Willetts - 1940
Hockey & Lacrosse Sticks Kia Davis
Opening Ceremony
Attire 2008 Olympics
Beijing, China
Gertie Dunn - Game Ball from
1952 ROY Season AAGPBL
Kim McKee - Rodeo Memorabilia

www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com
 
  
 
On December 6, 2014, from 1-5 PM, Concord Township historic residences and area churches will open their doors for participants to get a closer look inside.
Historic homes include the John Hannum home, one of the oldest in the township, and the Nicklin-Trimble Home, featuring a recently added kitchen with period touches.  Our churches include Elam United Methodist Church original Chapel, and St. John’s Episcopal Church, which was built on John Hannum’s land, who was originally a Quaker.  The quaint cottages of the Brandywine Summit Camp Meeting, the founding group for Elam and a National Register Historic site, have offered to open as well.
Back by popular demand… the tour ends up at one of the township’s local historical sites that is now a noted winery.  A complimentary taste of mulled wine and a special CTHS discount for purchases tops off the tour. 
The tour begins with registration at the Virginia Merion DeNenno History and Educational Center (located at 659 Smithbridge Road, Glen Mills PA 19342, near the Rachel Kohl Library).  This newly renovated museum space, located in the historic Pierce-Willits House, is a ”Must See” if you have not yet experienced the 1700’s hand dug well and walk-in fireplace, and our early township history as told through maps, deeds, early schools, and furnishings, all decorated for the holidays!   Also featured is our Farm Life area, showcasing our early dairy heritage with 85 milk bottles and other farm equipment indicative of our agrarian past.
Upon check-in, participants will receive their Tour Map and wrist-band as this is a self-guided tour.  Tickets may be purchased the day of the event at the Museum from 12:30- 3 PM.  Prices are  $15 per person / $10 for members.
 


Friday, November 14, 2014

Getting Ready for Winter, Unknown Picture, AND How old is OLD?

 
 
 
Can any one help? I can not seem to find the location of this old Post office. It stood in Upper Providence somewhere and is long gone. Thank You!!
 

November 15 and 16-

"Getting Ready for Winter"

Farm and House Tours, Bake Oven (Saturday), Colonial Money (Saturday),

Long Rifle Demonstration, and Blacksmith (Sunday).
 
 
 
 
How Old is Old?
 
  How old something is can get very complicated and everybody looks at things different. I chuckled when I saw a sign that said, "Founded 1934" on a local sign. Yes the building opened in 1934, BUT it was organized, planned, elected directors all in 1933, so was it founded in 1933 or 1934? Myself, I always say when the first meeting was held is one the organization started. Churches are the worst. My church according to the official history was founded in June 1879, but that was two years after the first meetings were held. The June 1879 date is when the church building was opened and dedicated. Some churches go by first meeting, others by cornerstone laying, and still others by dedication. Even first meetings can be hard to come by. A local church first meetings were held in March of 1884, they had the first minute book to prove it. But the local newspaper stated meetings were held some 6 months before in local homes. No one took any notes. Fire companies sometimes do the same thing. Many companies go by when they were chartered by the state and county as when they first started. One local company had their building and fire trucks and were going to calls before they finally got around to getting their charter. But they still go by that charter date! So how old is your organization? 
 
 
 
 
 



Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Womans Sports Exhibit; American Revolution at Ridley Creek and DCHS Face Book

 
 
 
 Who recognizes this Aston School from 1907? It is still standing.
I have just become an administrator on the Delaware County Historical Society Face Book page! Please stop by, like us, and leave a comment and post pictures!Thanks!!
 

Legendary
Delaware County Women’s
- Wide World of Sports -
Exhibit

Charlene Morett - 1980
Olympic Parade Uniform to be worn in Moscow
Sue Stahl - 2001 Lacrosse World Cup Jacket
Mares Stellfox - Auto Racing
Helmet & Fire Suit Putty Willetts - 1940
Hockey & Lacrosse Sticks Kia Davis
Opening Ceremony
Attire 2008 Olympics
Beijing, China
Gertie Dunn - Game Ball from
1952 ROY Season AAGPBL
Kim McKee - Rodeo Memorabilia

www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com
 
 

This weekend the Plantation will be hosting a Revolutionary War Cavalry Camp and Skirmish

with the 4th Legionary Cavalry group. Details below and in the attached flyer.
Revolutionary War Cavalry Camp & Skirmish
Saturday, November 8th 11 AM - 4 PM, last entry at 3 PM
Sunday, November 9th 11 AM - 3 PM, last entry at 2:30 PM

Admission: $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for children (aged 4-12)Children under 4 and members are free



Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sports Museum, Where are food comes from and how about some tea?

 
 
 
 
 
No one is alive today that remembers Marcus Hook as a sleepy little fishing town, whose biggest industry was boat building. Then came the Pew Family! This is the Marcus Riverfront about 1904.
 
 

In the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum's new exhibit,

Athletes and Authors

Books by and about Delaware County Sports Legends,

there is a special baseball section saluting those Delaware County players who served in the military. Given special recognition in this section are Jimmy Dykes (WW I ), Mickey Vernon, Danny Murtaugh, and Stanley Glenn (WW II), and Terry Allvord (Iraq).
In association with this exhibit, the museum is sponsoring a Veterans Day Contest. If you know the names of the living members of Baseball's Hall of Fame that served in the military during WW II, email your answer to vankoski21@comcast.net. On November 11th (Veterans Day), a winner will be selected from all correct answers submitted. The museum has a nice surprise gift for the winner.
The Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum is located in the Granite Run Mall, on the second floor near Boscov's, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 4:30 pm.
 
 
 
 

Colonial Plantation

at

Ridley Creek State Park

"Farming, Where we really get our food"

An enjoyable, educational and fun hands-on learning experience for children ages 6 to 12 Saturday, November 1 11 AM - 1 PM
Free to members, Cost of admission for non members ($6). Reservations are required and group size is limited.
 
 
 

 

Home for the Holidays

begins in Aston

on November 2, 2014

noon to 2pm,

when Aston Township Historical Society

welcomes the public to it's annual Holiday Tea, Tour, and Tree Trimming event at the Village Green School House. 
This charming one room school house offers a step back in time. Help decorate the Christmas Tree, ring the school bell, enjoy the antique toy display, sit in a replica outhouse, sit at an old fashion desk and put your head through the story board to take pictures! Plus free goodies! What a delightful way to start off the Holiday Season and gift shopping! Village Green School House is located on Old Pennell Road, just off Pennell Road north of 5 Points next to Aston Vets. The event is free and open to the public. Aston Historical welcomes old photos, donations and volunteers. To make this day even better, the beautiful historic Cavalry Episcopal Church is conducting free guided tours of their historic cemetery which dates back to the early 1800's. Take a leisurely stroll to meet and learn about our interesting and noted "neighbors" from 11:30am to 2pm. There will be actors depicting the notable "guests" to enhance the guided tour! The cemetery is located behind this quaint and treasured church on Mount Road just off Pennell Road across from Kings Mill. This event is also free and open to the public. Donations are also welcomed. This also is a great opportunity for Passport to History students to get their passports stamped! Please start the Holiday Season in Aston at these events!


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Come to Aston to start your Holiday!!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Looking south on Rt. 452 from Five points in Aston Twp. c.1945 Picture courtesy of Pat Smith of ATHS
 
 
 
 

Home for the Holidays

welcomes the public to it's annual Holiday Tea, Tour, and Tree Trimming event at the Village Green School House.   
This charming one room school house offers a step back in time.   Help decorate the Christmas Tree, ring the school bell, enjoy the antique toy display, sit in a replica outhouse, sit at an old fashion desk and put your head through the story board to take pictures!  Plus free goodies!  What a delightful way to start off the Holiday Season and gift shopping!   Village Green School House is located on Old Pennell Road,  just off Pennell Road north of 5 Points next to Aston Vets.  The event is free and open to the public.  Aston Historical  welcomes old photos, donations and volunteers.   To make this day even better, the beautiful historic Cavalry Episcopal Church is conducting free guided tours of their historic cemetery which dates back to the early 1800's.  Take a leisurely stroll to meet and learn about our interesting and noted "neighbors" from 11:30am to 2pm.  There will be actors depicting the notable "guests" to enhance the guided tour!   The cemetery is located behind this quaint and treasured church on Mount Road just off Pennell Road across from Kings Mill. This event is also free and open to the public.  Donations are also welcomed.   This also is a great opportunity for Passport to History students to get their passports stamped!  Please start the Holiday Season in Aston at these events!
 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Massey House and Collenbrook Fall Festivals this weekend!!

The Franklin Baseball Club of Chester From 1936. What makes this picture interesting is the Chester boy in the second row, third from the right. Future Pittsburgh Pirates manager, Danny Murtaugh, a native of Chester.
 
 
 
1696
Thomas Massey House
Harvest Day Festival
Oct 18th 10 to 4

Experience early American craft demonstrations at the historic 1696 Thomas Massey House located at Lawrence and Springhouse Rd. Broomall. Learn how to churn butter, make candles and apple butter. See a working blacksmith shop, and enjoy the delicious aroma from the walk-in cooking fireplace. Enjoy the music of blues band J-Nine.
The culture, customs and the daily work of colonial life will be brought to life by period re-enactors.
Stroll the lawn of the Marple Christian Church craft sale, located next to the historic site, where over 20 vendors will provide a variety of arts and crafts for sale.
For Information call 610-353-4967
Admission is free
donations welcome
 
 
Fall Festival at Collen Brook Farm
Marvine and Mansion Roads, Drexel Hill
610-924-0222
www.udhistory.org
October 19, 2014 --1 to 4pm
Take a ride in the antique fire truck, paint a pumpkin, make a scarecrow(please bring a small size shirt and pants) bob for an apple, pet a Chicken, try colonial crafts and games, tour the mansion, have lunch and stroll the path along the “Collen Brook” enjoy the music by the 69th PA Irish Volunteers, a Civil War Band
Admission Free
Donations Welcome!!

Monday, October 6, 2014

OcTrolley fest is almost here! and come to my talk on Wednesday

 
 
 
 
 
Any readers go to this school?
 
 
 
OcTrolley Fest this weekend!!
 
 
What do Darby. Media, Norristown, Yeadon, University City, Center City, Upper Darby, the Delaware River Waterfront, The Philadelphia Zoo, Bartram's Garden, the Grange Estate, and a myriad of other historic sites have in common?
 
They are all accessible over an existing light-rail network!
Come help us celebrate our remarkable system
OcTrolleyFest 2014 -10th Anniversary Edition
Celebrating Transportation, Heritage, and Community since 2005
Dedicated this year to John Drew, Darby's own transportation pioneer
 
The cost is a SEPTA One-Day Convenience Pass (8 rides for $8)
Saturday, October 11
9:30 am ....Meet at Darby Transportation Center...travel to 69th St by trolley and El
10:30 am.... Gather at 69th Street for "Bubble Wrap Trolley Stomp,"
Music, Information, Time Line, Trolley Songs, etc

11:00 am .... morning tours from 69th Street
(Collingdale, Smedley Park, Swedish Cabin, etc)

(Lunch...A la cart...literally)
1:30 pm .... afternoon tours from 69th Street
(Bartram's Garden, Woodlands, Philadelphia Zoo, etc.)