2023-2024 Events

“Our Seventy-Sixth Year”

Times & details for all events may be subject to change. Check back for latest information.

Next Event:

Amy Jane Cohen, author of “Black History in the Philadelphia Landscape: Deep Roots and Continuing Legacy”

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 @ 7:00 pm
The Winsor Room, Radnor Memorial Library

Black Philadelphians have shaped Philadelphia history since colonial times. In Black History in the Philadelphia Landscape, Amy Cohen recounts notable aspects of the Black experience in Philadelphia from the late 1600s to the 1960s and how this history is marked in the contemporary city. She charts Charles Blockson’s efforts to commemorate the Pennsylvania slave trade with a historical marker and highlights Richard Allen, who founded Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church.

Cohen also describes the path to erecting a statue of civil rights activist Octavius Catto at Philadelphia’s City Hall and profiles international celebrities Marian Anderson and Paul Robeson who are honored in the city. At the end of each chapter, she includes suggestions to continue readers’ exploration of this important cultural heritage.

Showing how increased attention to the role of African Americans in local and national history has resulted in numerous, sometimes controversial, alterations to the landscape, Cohen guides readers to Black history’s significance and its connections with today’s spotlight on racial justice.

Books will be available at the event, which is co-sponsored by Main Point Books and the Radnor Memorial Library.

Register and order the book at Eventbrite here.

Radnor Township during September 1777 through April 1778

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 @ 6:00 pm
Black Powder Tavern, 1164 Valley Forge Rd, Wayne, PA

Learn about the vital role the Radnor Township area played during the Revolutionary War and what happened to not only the armies, but the Continental Congress as well.

Between September 1777 and April 1778, the Revolutionary War involved Radnor Township directly. It was the setting for Generals Washington, Cornwallis & Howe through which they marched, as well as the area the Continental Congress’ passed through on its journey westward after the occupation of Philadelphia by the British.

The lively discussion will cover the integral role that Radnor played during this period, from its establishment as a key Continental Army outpost, to the intelligence provided by locals to General Washington while at Valley Forge. It will also include information about prominent locals involved in the cause.

About Our Speaker: Jim Segrave-Daly is a local historian, volunteer with America250PADelco, member of Radnor Township & Haverford Township historical societies, creator/presenter of History for Shut-Ins on Facebook & YouTube, volunteer history teacher at Haverford Township Adult School, & nationwide presenter of history to libraries & civic groups.

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This Year’s Previous Events:

Judy Rakowsky, Author of Jews In The Garden: A Holocaust Survivor, The Fate Of His Family, And The Secret History of Poland in World War II

Thursday, September 28, 2023 @ 6:30 pm
The Winsor Room, Radnor Memorial Library

What really happened to the Jews in the garden next door?Jews in the Garden reads like the best of narrator-guided murder mysteries. A globe-trotting detective story, this new book turns investigative eyes and ears towards the horrific actions taken by regular citizens during the Holocaust. The author and her elderly cousin Sam, a Holocaust survivor, never knew what happened to their family members who were hidden away from the Nazis by neighbors, and were never heard from again. Judy Rakowsky is an award-winning investigative journalist whose career of reporting for the Boston Globe and Providence Journal often led to coverage on major stories of the times from organized crime to security issues after 9/1. Books will be available for purchase.

Maj. Gen. Mari K. Eder, Author of The Girls Who Fought Crime: The Untold True Story Of The Country’s First Female Investigator And Crime Fighting Squads

Saturday, September 30, 2023, @ 2:00 pm
The Winsor Room, Radnor Memorial Library

In 1920’s New York City one woman, Mae Foley, cast aside her corset and picked up a police badge to become the city’s first-ever woman crime investigator. With a  purse custom-made to hold a pistol, Foley learned that as a woman she made the perfect undercover agent. Over her career, Foley always strove to protect the innocent and vulnerable and to always be just.

Mari K. Eder is a retired U.S. Army Major General, a renowned speaker and author, and a thought leader on strategic communication and leadership. General Eder is the former Commanding General of the U.S. Army Reserve Joint and Special Troops Support Command, former Deputy Chief of the Army Reserve and former Deputy Chief of Public Affairs for the U.S. Army. Books will be available for purchase.

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Allen C. Guelzo, author of “Our Ancient Faith: Lincoln, Democracy, and the American Experiment”

Thursday, February 15, 2024 @ 7:00 pm
The Winsor Room, Radnor Memorial Library

Abraham Lincoln grappled with the greatest crisis of democracy that has ever confronted the United States. In Our Ancient Faith, Professor Allen C. Guelzo captures the president’s firmly held belief that democracy was the greatest political achievement in human history. The book is an intimate study of Lincoln’s version of democracy by a bestselling historian – with Guelzo bringing his subject to life as a rigorous and visionary thinker.

Allen C. Guelzo is a three-time winner of the Lincoln Prize, and one of America’s foremost experts on Abraham Lincoln. Event is co-sponsored by Main Point Books and the Radnor Memorial Library.

Rev. Dr. Manuel A. Howard, author of “Transforming Male Leaders in the Twenty-First Century”

Thursday, February 22, 2024 @ 6:30 pm
The Winsor Room, Radnor Memorial Library

The Radnor Memorial Library is our partner for this special event as we celebrate Black History Month.

Reverend Dr. Manuel A. Howard is Pastor of Saint John AME Church of Garrett Hill, in Rosemont, and a Radnor native who attended Radnor schools where he was a standout athlete in football and basketball. After graduation from West Chester University, Dr. Howard earned a Master of Divinity degree followed by a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2018.

A well-regarded leader and founder of many local organizations, also chaplain for the Radnor Police Department, Dr. Howard has begun a new chapter in life as author of a new book on black leadership with the main objective of raising leaders.

We are thrilled to host Rev. Dr. Manuel A. Howard, Radnor Township’s nationally recognized speaker, whose true mission is at home here, preserving our historic church and serving his congregation at Saint John AME Church in Rosemont.

Books will be available for purchase at the event.

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