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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.

Notorious and Colorful Characters of Delaware County

It was standing-room only at the Hedgerow Theater last night when Nancy Webster, Historian Extraordinaire, made history come alive as she related tales of pirates, witches, spies, explorers, heroes and pioneers that most of us weren’t aware were part of Delaware County’s history and heritage. The audience so thoroughly enjoyed the program that NPHS board member Tom Hibberd, lead organizer of the event, asked Ms. Webster if she would consider the night’s program as the first in a series of lectures.

The event was presented by Nether Providence Historical Society in cooperation with Rose Valley and Aston Township Historical Societies.


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