“Our Seventieth Year”
Please check back soon to read about our programs for the Spring, 2018 season.
This Year’s Previous Events
Thomas H. Keels, Author of “Sesqui! Greed, Graft, and the Forgotten World’s Fair of 1926”
Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 7:30pm
Temporary Radnor Memorial Library, 167 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne
Noted historian Thomas Keels returns to Radnor Memorial Library and will once again open a wide, insightful and revealing historical lens on Philadelphia. In 1916, department store magnate John Wanamaker launched plans for a Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. However, when the Sesqui opened in 1926, in the remote, muddy swamps of South Philadelphia, the first visitors were stunned to find an unfinished Fair, with shabbily built and mostly empty structures. Crowds stayed away in droves. Philadelphia became a national scandal. Keels demonstrates at length how the fair was entangled with local and state factional politics.
Co-sponsored by RHS and Radnor Memorial Library. Books available for purchase.
Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 7:30pm
Jenkins Arboretum, 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon
This event is co-sponsored by Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens, Radnor Conservancy, and Radnor Historical Society. For nearly 80 years, Stoneleigh was the home of the Haas family, who donated the property to Natural Lands Trust in 2016 so that it would remain preserved forever. In the spring of 2018, Stoneleigh will open to the public. Ethan Kauffman, the new Director of Stoneleigh, will give a presentation and talk about the past, present and future of this long-anticipated public garden.
Stoneleigh is a 42-acre property that includes stately trees, winding pathways, and lush gardens that were designed by a number of notable landscape architects over the past century—including the Olmsted Brothers, sons of the famed Frederick Law Olmsted. Currently, Natural Lands is transforming the former private estate to a public garden with many improvements to the landscapes, facilities and infrastructure already well underway. These new additions, coupled with the existing beauty and historical splendor of the site, make for a very exciting project. Kauffman will also give an overview of the Natural Lands preserves in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Reservations are not required. Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens is located at 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, in Devon.
RHS & Archer & Buchanan Architecture Present:
David Nelson Wren’s “Ardrossan: The Last Great Estate on the Philadelphia Main Line”
(More Information and Registration)
Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 5:00-8:00pm
Ardrossan, 807 Newtown Road, Villanova
Please join us to celebrate the launch of the much-anticipated book on one of Radnor’s finest estates, located within the walls of the fantastic Horace Trumbauer-designed mansion at the center of the story.
Event includes private tours, buffet, and books for sale. David Nelson Wren, author of the much-anticipated Ardrossan book, will personally guide VIP guests at this RHS fundraiser.
This extraordinary event requires reservations. Books will be available there at discounted rates.
Caring For Paintings: Craft Informed By Science – With Mary McGinn, Paintings Conservator, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 7:30pm
Radnor Middle School Library
How are paintings cared for? What is involved in cleaning and repairing our cultural and artistic artifacts? How do these materials age and how can we best preserve them? What can we learn about them through various imaging and analytical methods? Mary McGinn, Chief Conservator at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, will share stories from her 25 year career working on paintings, murals, frames and decorative objects in museums and private collections. Prior to the position at PAFA, Mary was Paintings Conservator at Winterthur Museum and managed a successful private practice in the Philadelphia area. Her clients included Brandywine River Museum, Eastern University, Morven Museum & Garden, Naomi Wood Trust (Woodford Mansion), Ryerss Museum, Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center and Woodmere Art Museum.
This event is a partnership with Radnor Historical Society and will take place at the Radnor Middle School, in the library. This is a unique opportunity to meet Mary McGinn and learn about the science of art restoration and the art conservation process.
Events from Previous Years