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.)



Sunday, September 28, 2014

History month is ending, come to Rose Tree Park today!!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Anyone recognize this old building? and NO it is not an outhouse!!
 
 
 
 
 
 

at

Ridley Creek State Park

 


Thursday, September 18, 2014

History Month Happenings Delco's 225th Birthday!

Lansdowne Boro Hall On Baltimore Ave. looks a "little" different these days
 
 

Newlin Grist Mill
Sept 20
Archaeology Festival
10-3
Discover the stories of our past buried beneath our feet. Join professional and a vocational archaeologists as they share important discoveries from throughout the region. Assist archaeologists as they explore the buried past of Newlin Grist Mill. Follow the artifacts as they proceed from excavation, through screening, to cleaning and identification.
Plenty of things for the family including a “kids dig”
Free

 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

History Happenings this week

 
An aerial view of Woodland and Morton Aves. looking south in Morton Boro c.1948