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Prez Wins Award

Angela HewettAt its annual meeting, the Delaware County Historical Society presented its A. Lewis Smith Award to Angela Hewett, president of the Nether Providence Historical Society and long-time president of The Friends of the Thomas Leiper House. The award is presented annually to an individual who has made “significant contributions to the preservation of the history of Delaware County.”

Angela has conducted extensive research into the Leiper family and has edited two booklets – a compilation of correspondence between Mr. Leiper and Thomas Jefferson and another of his correspondence with James Madison. She is also the curator of the Leiper House; organizing and training its volunteer docents and coordinating the many events and programs hosted there.

She was on the steering committee for our township’s tricentennial celebration in 1987 and helped found our historical society soon after. She is also a board member of the Delaware County Historic Preservation Network.

The honor bestowed is well deserved.

 

Where to Go for What You Want to Know

ICFA Archive Stacks

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.

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.

Founding of Furness Library as recalled by one of its founders, A. B. Geary

by Donna Ferruzzi

The following is the transcript of a local radio address from 1950. It was published in a leaflet recently discovered in the Furness Library’s archives. I transcribed the leaflet in its entirety, without editing. The endnotes are mine, provided to add more information about the people and facts mentioned in the text.
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Broadcast by Alexander B. Geary (1) over WPWA (2) on Library Day, January 17, 1950:

The article in the Chester Times (3) on January 10th showing the picture of the building with my name in the item below, has resulted in numerous telephone calls for definite information. Many ask what induced the Furness family to establish the library.

Dr. Furness did not initiate the library but this love for the children of the community and interest in Wallingford, resulted in the fine building and the noted library.

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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.