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A Look at the Gifts Received for the Society's Archives in 2013 – Cheryl Leibold

Future Meetings:

Upcoming Meetings

Special Events:

"Behind the Doors"
of the Kimberton Inn

Recent Meetings:

Women's Roles in 18th Century Life – Clarissa Dillon

Past Meetings


TEHS on Tredyffrin Township TV

The Society Supports 2013 Paoli Blues Fest

The S. Paul Teamer Awards

Society Elects New President

State Support for the Society

Kirkner Essay Contest Awards



Our Next Meeting

At our next meeting on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm, the featured presentation will be:

Berwyn Carriage Works, photograph by Lucy Sampson
Operated by Frank and George Krider, ca. 1891 to ca. 1919.
Part of the Krider-Jones Family Papers

A Look at the Gifts Received for the Society's Archives in 2013

by Cheryl Leibold

Society volunteer archivist Cheryl Leibold will present an overview of the various photographs, memorabilia, and other research materials donated to the Society in 2013. Highlights include material from the Continental Can Company, a photograph of the Berwyn Carriage Works, ca. 1890, and photographs of early twentieth century Tredyffrin and Easttown country homes.

This presentation will be held at the Easttown Library & Information Center in Berwyn, PA.

Visitors are cordially invited to public Society meetings and events, and there is no admission fee.



Upcoming Presentations

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

2014-05-18 To Be Announced (date change to the Sunday after Easter)
2014-06-15 Annual Field Trip and Picnic


Special Events

"Behind the Doors"
of the Kimberton Inn

7 May 2014

Please join us for a very special evening tour of the historic Kimberton Inn (1796) and a brief history presentation, followed by a delicious Five Course Food and Wine Pairing Dinner.

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).

Following the success of our 2013 event, the Society is pleased to be able to gather at the historic Kimberton Inn for this special evening.

Click to view or download the dinner menu (PDF) for the evening. Gluten-free options will be available.

Seating is limited, so make your reservation today by calling the Kimberton Inn at 610-933-8148. Please be sure to indicate that you will be attending the "TEHS Tour and Wine Dinner"

The Kimberton Inn
2105 Kimberton Road
Kimberton, PA 19442

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Gathering in the Tavern at 6:30 pm, Seating at 7:00 pm
$85 per person plus tax and gratuity

Portions of the proceeds will benefit the Tredyffrin Easttown Historical Society.



Our Most Recent Meeting

At the public meeting on Sunday, March 16, 2014, the featured event was:

Clarissa Dillon (October 1999)
at Gadsby's Tavern in Alexandria, VA

With Respect to Women

by Clarissa Dillon

Until the Bicentennial celebrations, women were seldom given the attention or investigation that can be found today. Their lives were not central in the public sphere, but at home, they had many responsibilities. This program will present some whose lives, activities, or constraints can help us see a fuller picture of 18th-century life. Some names are familiar but many are not.

Clarissa Dillon grew up in Chicago. She taught there and when she moved to Pennsylvania she taught in Radnor for 24 years. She has her doctorate in History from Bryn Mawr College and has been active in "living history" since 1973. Although much of her work involves using her research to produce foods, domestic medicines, and other products of 18th-century women's work, she enjoys the occasional "traditional" project.

This presentation was held at the Easttown Library & Information Center in Berwyn, PA.



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



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


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



The Society Supports 2013 Paoli Blues Fest

2013 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, 5 October 2013 the Society participated as an exhibitor for the third consecutive year in the five-year history of the Paoli Blues Fest. Unlike last year's cool and blustery weather, the sunny and warm early autumn day was quite pleasant and the turnout for the event was large.

The ten-by-ten foot exhibit tent was configured and staffed by Society vice president John O. Senior, his wife and set-up supervisor Nancy Kimmons, and secretary Loyd Pakradooni. 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 was a wonderful way to introduce the Society to a new and wider audience, as well as to connect with many friends who stopped 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 and 2012.

2013 TEHS booth layout

Visitors at TEHS booth

Photos Courtesy John O. Senior



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


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.


Past Meetings


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