Past Meeting

This Society meeting was held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday September 18, 2022
co-sponsored by the Tredyffrin Public Library as an online web seminar.

Dark History III: Black Widows and the Devil's Luck

presented by Jennifer L. Green

With Halloween around the corner, we were treated to a presentation of the third installment of Jennifer Green's Dark History series. This program featured more true and unsettling stories of bloodshed and misfortune in southeastern Pennsylvania, including mysterious shipwrecks with ties to Pennsylvania as well as a criminal poison ring that may have killed over 100 people. We learned about how mental illness and abuse may have driven one 19th century woman to commit a terrible crime.

Jennifer L. Green currently serves as the Director of Education at the Chester County History Center in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and is the author of  Dark History of Penn's Woods: Murder, Madness and Misadventure in Southeastern Pennsylvania.  She has written articles for the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia as well as Jennifer L. Green graduated from University of Delaware with majors in anthropology and history, and earned her Master's degree in American History at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She has conducted research and written for websites like and the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, and has worked at historic sites throughout Chester and Delaware counties. She lives in northern Delaware with her husband and one very fluffy dog.


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