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Researching your family history, your house, your hometown…? Bob Plowman, Delaware County archivist, will teach us all about the records and other treasures available to you at the Delaware County Archives, the Courthouse, Delaware County Historical Society, and our own Nether Providence Archives.

Sunday, February 23rd at 2:00 pm at the Helen Kate Furness Free Library

The program is free and open to the public.

The Battle of Gettysburg

GettysburgAs the 150th anniversary of the Battle approaches, the Society will present a lively lecture and discussion on the battle that ended Robert E. Lee’s invasion of the North.

Local Civil War buff and Gettysburg College alum, George Albany counts among his ancestors a soldier who was on the battlefield. Fought July 1st through 3rd, 1863, the battle of Gettysburg had the largest number of casualties in the Civil War and is considered to be  the war’s turning point.

Join us Sunday, June 2nd at 2:00 pm at The Helen Kate Furness Free Library at 100 N. Providence Road in Wallingford. The program is free and open to the public. Bring a friend!

Historic Views of Nether Providence & Rose Valley

Historic ViewsKeith Lockhart, publisher of the invaluable local history resource delawarecountyhistory.com, has written and given presentations on the history of our county for many years. Keith’s extensive personal collection includes rare publications and hundreds of photographs, many of which he’ll share with us in a presentation on Sunday, March 10th at 2:00 at The Helen Kate Furness Free Library, 100 North Providence Road in Wallingford.
Join us! The program is free and open to the public.

Colonial Christmas Open House

Thomas Leiper HouseThis Sunday, December 16th marks the 30th annual Colonial Christmas Open House at Nether Providence’s Thomas Leiper House. Visit between 1:00 and 5:00 pm to tour rooms decorated for the holidays by local garden clubs: Swarthmore Garden Club, Country Gardeners, Rose Tree Gardeners, Springfield Garden Club, and Providence Garden Club.

Make a stop in the dining room for a piece of birthday cake in honor of Mr. Leiper’s 267th birthday. Additional refreshments will be served, and the repast will be enjoyed with a backdrop of classical guitar music provided by Strath Haven High School student Dean Maola.

The party is free and open to the public (donations for the upkeep of the historic house are always appreciated). After this weekend, the house, located at 521 Avondale Road in Wallingford, will close for the winter with tours resuming in spring.

A History Old Union United Methodist Church

Old Union ChurchNether Providence Historical Society & Rose Valley Museum and Historical Society present

A History of Old Union United Methodist Church

Methodism, founded in England by John Wesley, arrived in America in 1771 with circuit riders who travelled from town to town, preaching in the open air. Methodist services in Nether Providence began with camp meetings at Hinkson’s Corner as early as 1804. Chartered in 1811, the Church as we see it today was constructed in 1835 when the original 1813 building was replaced. The cemetery predates the first structure. Soldiers of every war since the Revolution are buried there.

Join us in commemorating the long, rich heritage of Old Union as the Church turns the page on a new chapter in its history. Pastor Lori Wagner will talk about the history of Old Union and its cemetery. The Church will hold its last service on Sunday, June 17th.

Sunday, June 10th at 2 pm at Old Union Church

152 West Rose Valley Road, Wallingford

The program is free and open to the public.

The Delaware River: A History of the Waterfront presented by Nancy Webster

Join Us!

Sunday, June 3rd at 2 pm at The Helen Kate Furness Free Library

Formed in the ice ages, the Delaware River was an early trade route for the Indians and exploration route for Europeans. It has served as a means of transportation and a facilitator for early settlements and later industries. It has been vital in wars, old and recent. It has hosted queens and pirates, pleasure boats and aircraft carriers.
Join us as Ms. Webster takes us on a historical tour of the River.

The program is free and open to the public.

Marquis de Lafayette – Founding Son of the American Revolution

Speaker Gene Pisasale will trace General Lafayette’s arrival in America from France at age 19 and his rise to fame as a trusted member of General Washington’s military staff and his participation in the Battle of Brandywine.

Local historian Gene Pisasale is a member of Chadds Ford Historical Society, American Friends of Lafayette and Friends of Brandywine Battlefield. A lifelong history buff, Pisasale is the author of Lafayette’s Gold – The Lost Brandywine Treasure, an historic novel.

The lecture will take place at the Helen Kate Furness Free Library on Sunday, November 20 at 2:00pm. On display will be two items from the Leiper House’s collection; Mrs. Thomas Leiper’s invitation to a ball held in Lafayette’s honor, and a copy of a letter written by a Leiper relative describing the lavish event.

For more information, visit the Society’s website or its Facebook page.

Delaware County’s Underground Railroad

Nether Providence Historical Society presents
Delaware County’s Underground Railroad
Sunday, May 15th at 3pm

Delaware County's Underground RailroadThe Underground Railroad stretched from the southern slave states into the North and on to Canada. Approaching Philadelphia were three much-used escape routes and the counties surrounding the city had more lines to the square mile than any other part of the railroad.
Nancy Webster will tell us about our area’s stops on the Freedom Train.

Stage One at Summit School, Plush Mill Road in Wallingford

A Brief History of Nether Providence

Announcing…A Brief History of Nether Providence
A Brief History of Nether ProvidenceCompiled by Merv Harris and published by the Nether Providence Historical Society, the book traces the history of Nether Providence from its pre-colonial days, through its transition from farming community to suburb.

Join us for the book’s release on Monday, November 29th at 7:00 pm at the Helen Kate Furness Free Library.

Books will be available for purchase and Merv will be on hand to sign your copy.
If you can’t make it to the event, the books will be on sale at Furness Library and at Nether Providence Township Building.

Love is in the air! Love Letters of Thomas and Elizabeth Gray Leiper

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, curator of the 1785 Leiper House and NPHS board member Angela Hewett, will give a talk on the love letters of Thomas and Elizabeth Gray Leiper. To find out more about the Leipers, click here.

Monday, February 8th at 3:00 pm

Plush Mills Senior Living will host the program and provide refreshments – 501 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended. Call Plush Mills at 610-690-1630.

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