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Colonial or Colonial Revival? – Clarissa Dillon

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Tredyffrin Township Community Day

Paoli Battlefield Heritage Day

Paoli Blues Fest

Historic House Tour

"Behind the Doors"

Recent Meetings:

A Century Under Wire – Frank Tatnall

2017 Members Excursion

Past Meetings

News:

TEHS & Devon History on CBS 3 TV

The Society Supports the Paoli Blues Fest

TEHS on Tredyffrin Township TV

TEHS at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

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 meeting on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm, the featured presentation will be:

 
Clarissa Dillon

Colonial or Colonial Revival?

by Clarissa Dillon, Ph.D.

Have you ever wondered about the gun and powder-horn hung over a colonial fireplace? Thanks to Alice Morse Carle's Home Life in Colonial Days, this became a common feature in Colonial Revival kitchens.

What was Colonial Revival? When was it important and where can we see examples? How is it related to Colonial ? Why is there a difference? Are they interchangeable? If no, how can we tell them apart? There are plenty of examples in our neighborhood.

Wearing her period work-clothes, Clarissa Dillon will present the characteristics of both styles of interpreting our past, and will illustrate with some show-and-tell items.

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 will be held at the Tredyffrin Public Library in Strafford, PA on Sunday 17 September 2017, starting at 2 pm.

 

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Upcoming Presentations

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

17 SEP 2017 Tredyffrin Library Colonial or Colonial Revival? by Clarissa Dillon
15 OCT 2017 Tredyffrin Library Baron de Stueben: The General Who Made the Army by Nancy Loane
19 NOV 2017 Tredyffrin Library The Historic Devon Inn by Michael Morrison
 

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Special Events Sponsored by Other Organizations


Tredyffrin Community Day

 

The Society plans to exhibit again at the 2017 Tredyffrin Township Community Day on Saturday 16 September 2017 f at Wilson Farm Park in Chesterbrook.

At last year's 2016 Tredyffrin Township Community Day many people stopped by and visited with us. The rescheduled July 4th fireworks display followed, starting 7:45 pm. The Society also exhibited at the 2014 Tredyffrin Community Day and Wilson Farm Park Tenth Birthday Celebration on Saturday 4 October 2014.

 

Paoli Battlefield Heritage Day

 

The Society expects to exhibit again this year at the 2017 Paoli Battlefield Heritage Day on Saturday 23 September 2017 from 11 am until 4 pm at Paoli Memorial Grounds in Malvern. The will also b ea re-enactment at twilight.

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Historic House Tour

 

Also on Saturday 23 September, the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust held their 13th Annual Historic House Tour from 12 until 5 pm. The proceeds support the rebuilding of the historic Jones Log Barn and the proposed Living History Cetner at Duportail.

 

Paoli Blues Fest

 

The Society plans to exhibit again at the 2017 Paoli Blues Fest on Saturday 7 October 2017 from 11 am until 6 pm at Paoli Presbyterian Church. We hope for good weather and lots of people on hand to enjoy the sights and sounds, as well as great food and drink. See more about the Society's involvement here.

 

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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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Our Most Recent Meeting

At the public meeting on Sunday, May 21, 2017, the featured event was:

 
Paoli and its catenary, taken by Frank Tatnall with the permission and participation of Amtrak

A Century Under Wire

by Frank Tatnall

Nationally-known railroad historian Frank Tatnall presented the fascinating story of the electrification of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Back in the early 20th century, the mighty Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) decided to experiment with the new technology of electric traction replacing steam to make its commuter rail services in the Philadelphia region cleaner, quieter and more efficient. It was determined that the Main Line to Paoli would be an ideal testing ground for electrification.

Over two years, and at tremendous cost, the four main tracks between Broad Street Station in Philadelphia and Paoli were electrified with 11,000-volt overhead AC power. A fleet of fast, clean "multiple unit" electric cars was acquired to replace the familiar steam locomotives on this 19-mile route to Paoli. The first electrically-operated "Paoli Local" left for Philadelphia on September 11, 1915 and was welcomed by passengers and lineside residents alike.

This electrified test bed between Philadelphia and Paoli was expanded before and during the Great Depression to New York, Washington, and Harrisburg, as well as over many freight lines in Pennsylvania and surrounding states. By the 1940s, the PRR had electrified over 3,000 track-miles on its busier routes.

Mr. Tatnall, who worked for the PRR and its successor Conrail for 38 years, explained during his richly-illustrated talk how this vast project was carried out, and its vital role in meeting the growing demand for high-density transportation in the populous northeastern United States.

 

This presentation was held at the Easttown Library & Information Center in Berwyn, PA starting at 2 pm.

 

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2017 Members Excursion

On Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 2 pm all current Society members were invited to join us for our Annual Members Excursion to:

 
Washington Memorial Chapel, French Alliance Day 2015. Photo courtesy of WMC

Washington Memorial Chapel

The 2017 Annual Members Excursion took us to the landmark Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge National Historical Park. Joined again this year by members of the King of Prussia and Radnor Historical Societies, we enjoyed an in-depth informative presentation on the history of the chapel buildings and grounds, including the bell tower and carillon. Following the talk and three special tours, the group gathered for conversation and refreshments, including delicious tea sandwiches and seasonal beverages.

 

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The Society Supports the Paoli Blues Fest

2017 Paoli Blues Fest poster with artwork by Dane Tilghman

On Saturday, 7 October 2017, the Society is planning to participate as an exhibitor for the seventh consecutive year in the nine-year history of the Paoli Blues Fest. We look forward to nice weather and a good turnout, this year in the new location at Paoli Presbyterian Church.

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, 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, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

2016 booth layout, before the crowds
 

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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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CBS 3 SummerFest visits Devon

On Friday 2 June 2017, as part of their ongoing SummerFest series, local television network affiliate CBS 3 (KYW) spent much of the day at the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair, with a video crew and several on-screen personalities, exploring various aspects of the event. A combination of pre-recorded and live segments appeared during the Eyewitness News broadcasts at 5, 6, and 11 pm.

Earlier in the week, Society president John O. Senior, and former president Michael Morrsion were interviewed by producer Aubrey Clerkin about the historical background of Devon. The Society provided several historic photos that were included in the program, along with short segments from the interviews. The first portion of the program, focusing more on history and including this content, was originally shown on Friday just after 5 pm, and is provided below.

The complete story, as it appears on the CBS 3 website may be viewed here.

 
 

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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.

 
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 2014 recipients of the award: Franklin L. Burns (posthumous) and former president Roger D. Thorne.

At the May 2015 Meeting (rescheduled from the January 2015 Annual Meeting cancelled due to adverse weather conditions), we were pleased to recognize the 2015 recipients of the award: Barbara Fry (posthumous), Mary Robertson Ives (emeritus), and Clarissa F. Dillon.

At the January 2016 Annual Meeting, we were pleased to present the award to: John O. Senior.

Society President Michael Morrison with 2012 award recipients
(L-R):Joyce Post, Morrison, Herb Fry, Sue Andrews
 
(L-R): Roger Thorne (on behalf of Mary Roberson Ives), Herb Fry (on behalf of Barbara Fry), President Michael Morrison, and Clarissa Dillon
receive the 2015 awards
 

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Society Elects New President

At the January 2012 Annual Meeting, the Society elected Michael Morrison as its new president. Michael took 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.

In April 2016, Michael stepped down and Vice President John O. Senior took on the duties of President. Michael intends to remain involved and will continue to serve on the Board of Directors.

Michael Morrison and Roger Thorne

 

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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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