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Recent Archaeological Discoveries in the Philadelphia Region – Kimberly Morrell

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"Behind the Doors"

Tredyffrin Community Day

Recent Meetings:

The Main Line Airport, and the Development of Aviation in Chester County, Pennsylvania – Roger Thorne

Past Meetings

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TEHS at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

TEHS on Tredyffrin Township TV

The Society Supports 2014 Paoli Blues Fest

The S. Paul Teamer Awards

Society Elects New President

State Support for the Society

Kirkner Essay Contest Awards

 

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Our Next Meeting

At our next public meeting on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 2:00 pm, the featured presentation will be:

 
Archaeological excavation of the former Aramingo Canal (courtesy of URS).

Recent Archaeological Discoveries in the Philadelphia Region

by Kimberly Morrell

Ms. Morrell will discuss some of the recent archaeology done by her company in the Philadelphia region, including the fascinating I-95 dig in progress for PennDOT.

 

Kimberly A. Morrell works as Archaeological Supervisor & Health and Safety Representative for the URS division of AECOM, a leading provider of engineering, construction, and technical services for public agencies and private sector companies around the world.

This presentation will be held at the Easttown Library & Information Center in Berwyn, PA starting at 2 pm. Visitors are cordially invited, and there is no admission charge at our public meetings.

 

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Upcoming Presentations

More information will be available soon on these meetings coming up in the months ahead:

19 April 2015 New Images of the Chester Valley Railroad by Jim Brazel
17 May 2015 2014 Donations to the Archive by Cheryl Leibold
13 June 2015 Annual Members Excursion: 300th Anniversary of St. David s Church led by Michael Morrison
20 September 2015 The Chester Valley Trail by Tim Lander
18 October 2015 Voices from Mt. Pleasant with Sharon Schwarze, Ph.D.
15 November 2015 Small Historical Repositories in Pennsylvania by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen
 

Special Events

Events Sponsored by Other Organizations
 

Tredyffrin Community Day

 

The Society exhibited at Tredyffrin Community Day and Wilson Farm Park Tenth Birthday Celebration from 10 am until 4 pm on Satuday 4 October 2014 at Wilson Park in Chesterbrook. Many people stoped by and visited us!

 

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Our Most Recent Meeting

At the public meeting on Sunday, February 15, 2015, the featured event was:

 
Two Main Line Airport aviators, Malcolm Ashby and Nick Morris, are wished farewell by world-famous aircraft designer T. Claude Ryan (R) as the pilots prepare to depart Lindbergh Field, San Diego, California for a transcontinental flight to the Great Valley of Chester County in their brand-new Ryan SC-W monoplane, February 12, 1938. The Main Line Airport held the East Coast distributorship for Ryan airplanes in the 1930s, Mr. Ryan was president of Ryan Aeronautical Company, and his name is forever connected to the company which built Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis.

The Main Line Airport, and the Development of Aviation in Chester County, Pennsylvania

by Roger Thorne

Driving along Swedesford Road through the often hectic Great Valley Corporate Center area in Tredyffrin and East Whiteland townships, few if any are aware that long before the busy intersections and sprawling office buildings, the land was occupied by a prominent Pennsylvania airport that significantly influenced the development of American aviation.

For over a decade, past Society president Roger Thorne has: researched the events and details surrounding this airport; interviewed many who flew in and out on its grass runways and worked in its hangars; and collected hundreds of images which help to visualize this once-prominent airport now long forgotten.

Roger presented this fascinating story in a way that made this place, and those times, much easier to understand.


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TEHS Programs on Tredyffrin Township TV

A selection of pre-recorded programs featuring presentations from past meetings of the Society are available for viewing on Tredyffrin Township Television, found on Comcast Channel 15, Verizon Channel 24 and On-Demand.

We are looking for volunteers who would be willing to assist with the recording of our presentations for later broadcast. Free training is available to township residents at the Greenwood Studio facility in the Township Building. Please contact us or Studio Manager Gene Donahue if you are interested.

Program Schedule:

  • 7 am on Sunday and Monday
  • 1 pm on Monday
  • 7 pm on Thursday and Saturday

 

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Society Special Events

"Behind the Doors"

The original Tredyffrin Easttown History Club occasionally held meetings at the various historic Inns in the area, as noted in this quote from an article about the history of the Club found in the October 1965 issue of the Quarterly (v.13 no.4, pg. 80):

On March 7, 1939 the first annual Banquet was held at the Windmill Tea Room (the General Jackson Inn) at Paoli. Originally the Club had these affairs at some historic inn. To date the following Inns have played host: The King of Prussia (once), Ye Old Bull Tavern (three times), General Warren (twice), Wayside Inn (General Jackson) (Five times).

Starting in 2013 this tradition was revived. So far we have visited two inns, both with tours and history presentations followed by a delicious five course food and wine pairing dinner. Both events were a great success and we look forward to more in the future. For more information, view the individual invitations for these events:

A portion of the proceeds from these events benefits the Tredyffrin Easttown Historical Society.

 

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TEHS at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

Front cover of the new book

Roger Thorne and a visitor at the TEHS table at Devon

 

From 22 May - 1 June 2014 Society members staffed a table located at northwest corner of the Committee Stand, very close to the main entrance, where our new publication "Rediscovering Devon" was on sale. Many people stopped by and visited, and many others passed by and admired the large "Rediscovering Devon" timeline banner immediately above our display table.

On Friday 12 September 2014 we once again set up our display table in the same location during the Devon Fall Classic.

To purchase a copy of the "Rediscovering Devon" book, please visit the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair website.

 
John & Nancy, Dixon, Jim & Herb on "booth duty"

On 15 June 2014, the Society held our 2014 Member Excursion at DHSCF.
Click here for more information and photos.

 

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S. Paul Teamer Awards

As we passed the milestone of our 75th anniversary as an organization in 2012, it seemed fitting to establish a new annual award to recognize the especially significant contributions made by some of our members over the years. In considering what name this award should have we decided to reach back to the very beginning of what was then The Tredyffrin Easttown History Club and to founder and first president S. Paul Teamer. It is certainly worthwhile to look back at those first few volumes of the Quarterly and rediscover the noteworthy articles written by Teamer and his colleague Franklin L. Burns, among others, who set a high standard for those who followed.

At the January 2012 Annual Meeting, we were pleased to present the S. Paul Teamer Award for outstanding contributions to the Society to the first three recipients: Sue Andrews, Herb Fry, and Joyce Post.

At the January 2013 Annual Meeting, we were pleased to announce the names of the next two recipients of the award: Bob Goshorn (posthumous) and Mike Bertram. Since Mike was unable to attend this meeting, his award will be presented at a future meeting.

At the January 2014 Annual Meeting, we were pleased to announce the names of the next two recipients of the award: Franklin L. Burns (posthumous) and former president Roger D. Thorne.



Society Vice-President John O. Senior with 2014 award recipient Roger Thorne and President Michael Morrison
 
Society President Michael Morrison with 2012 award recipients (L-R):
Joyce Post, Morrison, Herb Fry, Sue Andrews
 

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Society Elects New President

At the January 2012 Annual Meeting, the Society elected Michael Morrison as its new president. Michael takes over from Roger Thorne who served as president for nine years, leading the Society through a period of remarkable change and growth, including the transition to a 501(c)(3) organization. Roger will remain active as Board of Directors Chair with our thanks and appreciation for his vision and dedication.

Michael is a published historian who has led the Archives Committee for several years, and his passion for history and great enthusiasm for the Society will help us to continue to grow and develop.

Michael Morrison and Roger Thorne

 

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The Society Supports 2014 Paoli Blues Fest

2014 Paoli Blues Fest artwork by Dane Tilghman
(L-R): John O. Senior, Loyd Pakradooni, and Nancy Kimmons
staffed the TEHS exhibit at the 2013 Paoli Blues Fest.
Photo by Pete Bannan, Main Line Media News

On Saturday, 4 October 2014 the Society will participate as an exhibitor for the fourth consecutive year in the six-year history of the Paoli Blues Fest. We are hoping for good weather and a great turnout like last year.

The ten-by-ten foot exhibit tent will be located at booth position #86. Last year, the steady stream of visitors who visited the tent throughout the day were fascinated by the diverse collection of historic photographs on display, and enjoyed having the opportunity to both learn about and share their knowledge of local history.

Exhibiting at this community event is a wonderful way to introduce the Society to a new and wider audience, as well as to connect with many friends who stop by to chat. If you are interested in the enjoyable work of helping to staff the booth next year, please contact the Society by email or speak to one of us at a Society meeting.

Information about our Blues Fest participation in previous years can be found here: 2011, 2012, and 2013.

2013 TEHS booth layout

Visitors at TEHS booth

Photos Courtesy John O. Senior

 

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State Support for the Society


Andy Dinniman and Roger Thorne
Photo courtesy John O. Senior


At our June 2011 special meeting at Historic Waynesborough, we were pleased to once again welcome State Senator Andy Dinniman, this time to present the Society with a special state proclamation recognizing seventy-five years of exceptional community service.

Roger Thorne also expressed our appreciation for the support that Sen. Dinniman provided in helping us to obtain the recently concluded 2009 DCNR grant that funded several important projects, including the acquisition of new aerial photos of the region, other selected historical photographs, and a noteworthy collection of recorded and transcribed oral histories.

Andy reading the proclamation
Photo courtesy John O. Senior


 
At the September 2009 meeting, we were pleased to welcome State Senator Andy Dinniman and former State Representative Carole Rubley to recognize them for their valuable assistance in helping the Society to receive two DCED grants that have supported our Digitization Project.

Senator Dinniman presented us with a check for a new DCNR grant to support several important projects.

Roger Thorne with Andy Dinniman
Photo courtesy John O. Senior



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2006 Kirkner Essay Contest Awards

At the October 2006 meeting, prizes and commemorative
plaques were awarded to the four winners of the
The 2006 Mildred Kirkner Memorial Essay Contest.
For more information, click here.

 
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