Thursday, May 19, 2022

Upper and Nether Providence Twps. Thanks for a safe voyage. Upcoming events

The Springhaven Country Club from about 1910, shortly after it was built.


               Upper and Nether Providence and Concord Townships were given their names to reflect the feelings of the early settlers, it is believed.

               The name Providence was bestowed on the central county townships by early settlers.  It is presumed that it was a manifestation of their thanks for their safe journey across the ocean and their deliverance from persecution.

               This theory is believable if one recalls the many references to “providence” in many of the statements made by early settlers.  William Penn said on this arrival, “Providence has brought us here safe.”

               Records show that the name Providence was used for this territory as early as 1683 when a court record read, “The inhabitants of Providence make application fort a highway to the town of Chester.”  It is believed to have been organized as a township in 1864.  Thomas Nossiter was appointed constable.

               The division of Providence into Upper and Nether is believed to have been effected about 1722.  Up until that time both townships were assessed as one municipality.  At this time only 40 persons were listed as taxable in both townships.

               The name Concord is believed to have been bestowed out of gratitude for the friendliness of early settlers of this township.   Dr. George Smith writes, “The name probable had its origin in the harmonious feelings of some of the first settlers.”  Concordville takes its name from the township.

               Concord Township was said to have been laid out in rectangular form.  However, the southwest border was extended breaking up the straight-lined boundary line.  Next to Radnor Township it still has one of the county’s most regular boundaries.

               One example of the harmonious feelings that prompted the name is cited by Dr. Smith.  Land for a Friends meeting house and graveyard at Concord was conveyed, or rather leased, to trustees by John Mendenhall in 1697.  Rent was established as “one pepper corn yearly forever.”

DCHPN Monthly


Happy Preservation Month!

Check out all these events happening this month

Read the announcements below for important information


May Events

 Please check the websites for updated information before attending and be safe!


* Indicates a free event. Some events require pre-registration and close when full. The list includes events in the surrounding areas as well. If you have an event you would like on this list on future         e-newsletters, please submit by the end of the month to

Historic Timeline

May 21, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

May 22, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Colonial PA Plantation, 3900 N Sandy Flash Dr, Newtown Square, PA 19073

See reenactors and demonstrations from different time periods throughout history showcase the evolution of domestic, military, agricultural, and trade-based technologies and skills. Adults $12, Children $8. 

Market of the Macabre

May 21, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19132

Peruse a curated collection of unusual antiques, assorted oddities, vintage items, artwork, and handmade wares at this outdoor market of the macabre. Victorian, steampunk, and/or gothic attire is encouraged. Mini tours, live music, food available. $5

Southwark Rediscovered: A Walking Tour of Historic Queen Village

May 22, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Gloria Dei (Old Swede's) Church, 916 S Swanson St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Participants will explore one of Phila.’s oldest districts on a 0.7-mile route from the Old Swedes’ churchyard to Headhouse Square. We will get a view of the area as it developed over a period of some 375 years from a settlement in the forest to a colonial town to the modern city. $15

*Stream Life and Daily Life: How Our Land Use Impacts the Health of Local Streams- Newlin Series

May 22, 3:00 PM
Zoom- registration required

Join Lauren McGrath from Willistown Conservation Trust to learn more about the health and function of local waterways and the ways that changing land use can impact the overall function of streams. Discover the ways the rich history of Chester and Ridley Creeks have shaped the landscape and biology 

*Ordinary Poisons: Virtual Lecture with Jennifer Green

May 24, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Zoom- registration required

They say that what you don't know can't hurt you...but this lecture proves otherwise. From arsenic wallpaper to radium water, explore the different historical ways that everyday objects could kill. This lecture is presented by local author and historian Jennifer L. Green from Chesco History Center. 

LaFarge, Furness, and Art Glass at First Unitarian- PAGP Special Tour

May 25, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Study and explore renowned stain glass artist John LaFarge's 'Isaiah', Frank Furness' designed Sanctuary of First Unitarian Church, and learn about other glass artists whose work is found at the church and the conservation of the window. $20/25

*Mold: Detection, Response, and Recovery

May 27, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Chester County History Center, 225 N High St, West Chester, PA 19380

Mold can stain artifacts and weaken paper, books, textiles, and proteinaceous materials such as leather. This half-day workshop will discuss how to identify mold, the environmental factors that allow mold to grow and thrive, and how to prevent an outbreak. Register by May 20.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Looking for some Help with Elwyn School in Middletown and upcoming events!!


A picture of the girl's cottage at the Elwyn School from about 1920. I have a number of photos of buildings at Elwyn and I need help trying to locate where they once stood

Where old buildings once stood at Elwyn School

Hi Everyone!! Need some help with a project I have been putting off for awhile. I have a number of pictures of Elwyn School taking one hundred plus years ago, showing buildings etc. All of the buildings in my pictures have been torn down and replaced. I spoke to a supervisor, Janine Warren, at Elwyn who was very helpful but did not recognize any of the pictures. These buildings have all been removed. What I’m looking for is someone who worked at Elwyn or lived there that can help me identify and show me where these buildings once stood. I want to map out how Elwyn looked one hundred plus years ago if possible. I do have an aerial shot which will be helpful. I also want to take pictures of where these buildings once stood and show what is there today. Lately I have begun taking after pictures of pictures in my collection. I have some 4000 pictures of Delco before 1950 and while some scenes have not changed at all many of the pictures have changed completely. This is why I have begun to take current pictures so when I give a talk my audience understands where the buildings etc. once stood. I have shown here some of the buildings I’m talking about. If you can help please email me at

Another picture of Elwyn the Main Building from about 1912

DCHPN Monthly


Happy Preservation Month!

Check out all these events happening this month

Read the announcements below for important information


May Events

 Please check the websites for updated information before attending and be safe!


* Indicates a free event. Some events require pre-registration and close when full. The list includes events in the surrounding areas as well. If you have an event you would like on this list on future         e-newsletters, please submit by the end of the month to

Home Improvement 2022: Renovating Our Sites & Our Stories- Climate Change & Sustainability

May 13, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Online- registration required

Week 1 Featured talks:
Art, Innovation, and the Power of the Sun- Soldner Center, Aspen, CO
And the Creek Don’t Rise: Steps to Sustaining Endangered Properties- The Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, PA

Tasting Through Time

May 14, 4:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Newlin Grist Mill, 219 Cheyney Rd, Glen Mills, PA 19342, USA

Explore history through your taste-buds! Participants will enjoy a five-course dinner with accompanying drinks while learning about the culinary traditions of the past. This is a fundraising event to support the restoration of the 1739 Trimble House kitchen & pantry at Newlin Grist Mill. $70pp, 21+.

*Springtime at Collen Brook

May 15, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Collen Brook, 1034 Mansion Rd, Drexel Hill, PA 19026

Sheep shearing, face painting, bite the apple, plant a flower, ride the firetruck, tour the mansion, and meet Hannah and William Penn! 

Deep Rivers- How African Americans Waded through the Waters of Oppression to Achieve Greatness

May 15, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W Tulpehocken St, Philadelphia, PA 19144


Our docents take you through the museum highlighting the lives, stories, and achievements of 19th-century Black entrepreneurs, intellectuals, and artisans with soundscapes and images. $10 

*History Book Festival

May 15, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Gloria Dei (Old Swede's) Church, 916 S Swanson St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

HGDPC is inviting local authors of Philadelphia area history to showcase and sell their books at their first book festival. Table space for authors is $25 (must pre-register) but public attendance is free. Come support local authors!

*Preservation Foundation: Frank Lloyd Wright and Mid-century America: the Car, the Suburb, and 'Googie' Architecture."

May 15, 3:30 PM
Beth Sholom Synagogue, 8231 Old York Rd, Elkins Park, PA 19027

Professor Brownlee will explore the context and social environment which influenced Wright's work and directly impacted the design of Beth Sholom Synagogue. Using Wright's original designs and sketches, this lecture is an opportunity to appreciate Wright's work through the lens of the 1950s.

*Genealogy Workshops

May 16, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Middletown Free Library, 464 S Old Middletown Rd, Media, PA 19063

Come learn about Genealogy or get help with your current research! 
Feel free to bring your own laptop/tablet, but we do have a few to borrow.

The Untold Story of Leona Tate, Gail Etienne, and Tessie Prevost: On the Frontline of School Desegregation in New Orleans

May 17, 7:00 PM
Zoom- registration required

On November 14, 1960, four six-year-old Black girls desegregated the all-white elementary schools in New Orleans—Leona, Gail, and Tessie at McDonogh 19 in the Lower 9th Ward and Ruby Bridges at William Frantz in the Upper 9th Ward. Learn how McDonogh 19 is coming back to life as the TEP center.

Kreate Hub- Special PAGP Walking Tour

May 18, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Kreate Hub, 2801 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19134

Join CEO of Kreate Hub, Dan Herdoon, and architect, Eli Storch from LRK, on a tour of this redevelopment project, proving that investing in historic structures, even with modest budgets, can create significant community benefit while also staving off imminent development pressures. $20/25

When Owen Painted the Sky

May 18, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Zoom- registration required

Join lecturer Bob Kerr as he discusses painter D. Owen Stephens and how a sequence of discoveries resulted in a journey of fascination, enlightenment and admiration. “The Artist And the Eclipse” describes Owen’s work during the scientific study of the 1937 eclipse of the sun in Peru. $10/15

*Elizabeth Willing Powel: Philadelphia’s First Political Influencer

May 19, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Online- registration required

Samantha Snyder will discuss Powel’s importance as a woman of great political acumen and compelling intellect, using the robust documentary record and contemporary observations to explore Powel’s lasting legacy in the city of Philadelphia, and the founding of the United States. 

CFHS Spring Lecture Series- #2- Jim Buczala- From Textile Mill to Municipal Park

May 19, 7:00 PM
Chadds Ford Historical Society, 1736 Creek Rd, Chadds Ford, PA 19317

Series of lectures to coincide with special exhibit- "Forming the Fabric of Freedom: The development of the American Textile Industry". Jim will speak about one of Chester County’s most celebrated textile mills, the Bondsville Mill, now part of a township park in East Brandywine. $10/ members free