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2020 Member Excursion

Tredyffrin Township Community Day

Paoli Battlefield Heritage Day

Mt. Zion AME Church

Historic House Tour

Paoli Blues Fest

"Behind the Doors"

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A Salute to Our Local Veterans – Bart Van Valkenburgh

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The S. Paul Teamer Awards

TEHS on Tredyffrin Township TV

TEHS exhibits at local public libraries

Virtual Roundtable on History & Preservation

In Memoriam: Michael Morrison

Main Line Airport Historic Marker Dedication

Paoli Inn Historic Marker Dedication

TEHS & Devon History on CBS 3 TV


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Our Next Meeting

The Society's future meeting schedule has not yet been finalized
due to uncertainties and possible ongoing public health concerns related to the pandemic.
We will post updates here as soon as we know more.

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Upcoming Presentations and Events

The Society's future meeting & event schedule is UNCERTAIN due to public health concerns and library closures.
We hope to resume our regular meetings as soon as we can.
Updates will be posted as soon as possible.
 

Valley Forge Park Alliance Online Presentation

Virtual Speaker Series: African American Contributions to Medicine in 18th Century Colonial America

by Carolyn Roberts, Assistant Professor, Historian of Medicine, Yale University

In this talk, Roberts explores the history of African-descended medical knowledge in greater Atlantic world, and its function as a form of resistance in the early modern Americas. The 1793 outbreak of yellow fever also serves as an illuminating case study for emergent ideas about race and disease—and its life and death consequences.

When: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Advance registration is required. More information and registration is available on the VFPA website.

 

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2020 Member Excursion

The Society's Annual Member Excursion on Sunday June 14, 2020
was cancelled due to public health concerns related to the pandemic.
We expect to reschedule the event at a future time.

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On Sunday, 14 June 2020, all current Society members are invited to join us for our Annual Member Excursion, which this year will take us to The Antique Ice Tool Museum in West Chester.

The Antique Ice Tool Museum is housed in a completely renovated 1834 stone bank barn. Inside you will discover the fascinating history behind the natural ice trade. Walking in the footsteps of the iceman, you will follow history from the harvest to the delivery of ice, and learn about the rise and eventual decline of an industry that had a profound effect on the way we live. This one of a kind museum is dedicated to the preservation of the natural ice trade and was founded by the Stack Family in 2009. The museum houses the largest private collection of antique ice tools and memorabilia in the United States.

The museum will provide us with a private guided tour, after which we will enjoy special refreshments and an opportunity to converse. As has been the case for the past few years, we may be joined again this year by members of the King of Prussia and Radnor Historical Societies.

 
 

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Past Special Events Sponsored by Other Organizations


Tredyffrin Community Day

 

The Society exhibited again at the 2019 Tredyffrin Township Community Day — “Party in the Park” — on Saturday 21 September 2019 from 4 pm until 7 pm at Wilson Farm Park in Chesterbrook. We enjoyed talking with the many people who stopped by and visited us.

 

Paoli Battlefield Heritage Day

 

The Society exhibited again at the 2019 Paoli Battlefield Heritage Day on Saturday 21 September 2018 from 11 am until 4 pm at Paoli Memorial Grounds in Malvern.

 

Mt. Zion AME Church

 

170th AnniversaryMt. Zion AME Church celebrated their 170th Anniversary on Saturday 21 September 2018 from 10 am until 4 pm at 380 North Fairfield Road in Devon. PA State Senator Andy Dinniman presented a proclamation at 10 am, and members of the 6th Regiment United States Colored Troops (USCT) Reenactors presented a 21-gun salute and played "Taps," followed by tours of the historic church and cemetery, and a special service and banquet starting at noon.

Historical Marker — A state-sonsored historical marker commemorating the "Berwyn School Fight" of 1932–34 was dedicated on Saturday 21 November 2020 with a distinguished group of invited speakers in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. A large audience attended and the proceedings were video-recorded.

Graveyard Project — A front page article about the ongoing research and conservation and research project in the historic cemetery was published in the 29 January 2021 Daily Local.

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Historic House Tour

 

On Saturday 28 September, the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust held their 15th 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 Center at Duportail.

 

Paoli Blues Fest

 

The Society exhibited in past years at the Paoli Blues Fest, but for various reasons, did not exhibit at the 2018 event, and will not attend the 2019 event to be held on Saturday 28 September 2019 from noon until 6 pm at Paoli Presbyterian Church. See more about the Society's past involvement here.

 

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Our Most Recent Meeting

This online Society meeting was held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday November 8, 2020
co-sponsored by Tredyffrin Public Library as a Zoom webinar.

A Salute to Our Local Veterans

by Bart Van Valkenburgh

Veterans Day program 2020

This presentation focused on some of the veterans from our area, as well as many of the veterans organizations active in supporting and recognizing the service to our country by these citizen soldiers. Bart shared stories about local veterans, some famous and many not so famous, beginning with Sgt. Andrew Wallace who first served in the French and Indian War, and leading on to vets who served in more recent times.

The program told the stories of a dozen local military veterans in conjunction with a collection of photographs of their interesting and sometimes heroic military and public service careers. Participants joining Bart online might have recognized some of our fellow southeast Pennsylvanians and celebrate our veterans and their service to our country.

Bart Van Valkenburgh is Vice-President and Program Chair of Tredyffrin Easttown Historical Society, and a US Army veteran of the war in Viet Nam. He has presented several interesting programs for TEHS including "A Seven Year Old Remembers", "Main Line Gas Stations" and "Greentree the Town that Never Happened." He is both a compelling speaker and methodical researcher, and his programs are always well-received.

 
 

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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 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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TEHS exhibits at local public libraries

TEHS display case at Tredyffrin Public Library

Did you know? The TEHS maintains a display case of local history materials in the Local History Room at the Tredyffrin Public Library.

The current exhibit highlights Herb Fry's book collection.

C. Herbert Fry was an active contributing member and officer of the Tredyffrin Easttown Historical Society for over thirty years. Herb gave numerous talks and wrote over two dozen local history articles for the Society's History Quarterly periodical. He and his late wife Barbara amassed a collection of historical photographs, books, articles and other research materials that filled two closets. Following his death in July 2018, all of his local history materials came to the Society. One of his special interests was Valley Forge, and his books on the subject numbered over forty. Eight of these are displayed in this case.

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Another example is this book by Frank Resavy & Tom McNichol.


TEHS display case at Easttown Library & Information Center

During the month of April 2018, a display case in the main entry hall of the Easttown Library & Information Center in Berwyn contained an exhibit featuring nine historic photos of Berwyn with intriguing captions, testing the viewer's knowledge of the area.

 

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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.

S. Paul Teamer Award Recipients
  († posthumous, * since deceased)

2012Sue Andrews, Herb Fry*, Joyce Post*
2013Bob Goshorn†, Mike Bertram
2014Franklin L. Burns†, Roger D. Thorne
2015Barbara Fry†, Mary Robertson Ives*, Clarissa F. Dillon
2016John O. Senior
2018Tim Lander, Cheryl Leibold, Michael Morrison*
2019Jim Brazel, Heidi Sproat
2020Bart Van Valkenburgh
2021Meg Wiederseim

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.

(L-R): Roger Thorne and Society President Michael Morrison
with 2016 award recipient Vice-President John O. Senior
Society President Michael Morrison with 2012 award recipients
(L-R):Joyce Post, Morrison, Herb Fry, Sue Andrews
 
Society Vice-President John O. Senior with 2014 award recipient Roger Thorne and President Michael Morrison
 
(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

For several reasons, the award was not presented in 2017, but at the January 2018 Annual Meeting, Michael Morrison, Tim Lander, and Cheryl Leibold were recognized as new recipients.

 
2018 award recipients Michael Morrison, Tim Lander, and Cheryl Leibold with President John O. Senior (Note: The Philadelphia Eagles were playing for the NFC championship later that day, so John was wearing the team colors.)
 

At the January 2019 Annual Meeting, Heidi Sproat (unable to attend) and Jim Brazel were recognized as new recipients.

At the January 2020 Annual Meeting, Bart Van Valkenburgh was recognized as the new recipient.

At the January 2021 (Online) Annual Meeting, Meg Wiederseim was recognized as the new recipient.

2019 award recipient Heidi Sproat
with John O. Senior
2019 award recipient Jim Brazel
with Roger Thorne
2020 award recipient Bart Van Valkenburgh with John O. Senior
 

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