Past Meeting

At our public meeting on Sunday, October 18, 2015 the featured presentation was:


Voices from Mt. Pleasant

with Sharon Schwarze, Ph.D.

Scenes from Mount Pleasant

“Voices from Mt. Pleasant” is a collection of oral histories gathered over the years by students in a class at Cabrini College titled “Democracy and Diversity” and taught by Dr. Schwarze. The community is mostly, but not entirely, African-American. Many of its current residents are descendants of people who settled here in the early 1900s, while the neighborhood dates back to the early 1800s.

Mt. Pleasant is a tight-knit community that has many lifelong residents and families, including many multi-generational households. It is also a neighborhood experiencing many changes, such as the conversion of homes into rental properties for local college students, and other transformations that long-term residents have observed over their lifetimes.

At Dr. Schwarze's invitation, quite a few members of the audience read from transcripts of the oral histories, bringing to life the history of one of Tredyffrin's oldest predominantly African-American neighborhoods.


This well-attended presentation was held at the Tredyffrin Public Library in Strafford, PA starting at 2 pm.


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