Audio Programs

You can listen to the following audio programs using the "play" buttons below each description. To hear them, you must have the Flash player installed. You can also download each program as an mp3 file by clicking the link below the play button.


Freedom's Prophet: Bishop Richard Allen
Date: February 11, 2009
Length: 1 hour, 6 min.


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Richard Newman, author of "Freedom’s Prophet," speaks about Reverend Richard Allen, founder and first Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. He was the founder of the Mother Bethel Church in Philadelphia, and was a noted “bleeder” who provided medical assistance during the black plague in 1793. For more than thirty years, Allen, who was born a slave, operated a station on the Underground Railway for escaping slaves. This event was sponsored by the RHS, the Library, and two other local organizations, and is part of the celebration of the Library’s Bicentennial.




History of Our Lady of the Assumption Church
Date: November 16, 2008
Length: 1 hour, 7 min.


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Jointly sponsored by RHS, the Tredyffrin-Easttown Historical Society, and the Church. Our Lady of the Assumption was founded as a parish for Italian immigrants to the Main Line. Its history is the subject of the recently completed book, From Humble Beginnings, A Journey of Grace: A Centennial History of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish 1908—2008. The book’s authors and parish historians, Celia Paolantonio and Christine Gaeto, spent more than two years researching the parish history. With the help of visuals such as maps, historical documents, and photographs, they will share the results of their research, touching on the reasons for immigration to the Main Line area, early Strafford history, and the building of the Church.




History of the Radnor Memorial Library
Date: April 24, 2007
Length: 1 hour, 1 min.


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Former Library director Marilyn Caltabiano speaks on the history of the library as well as her experiences as its director. Present director Barbara Casini also speaks about the future of the Library. Prefacing the talk is an update of local preservation and Society activities by Historical Society president Ted Pollard.




Wayne Art Center
Date: February 27, 2007
Length: 32 min.


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Nancy Campbell, Director of the Wayne Art Center, talks on the history of the Center as well as the recent expansion. She is joined by Frank McPherson, Vice President of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Center. This talk was given to correspond with the "Expressions of Radnor" exhibit. Prefacing the talk is an update of local preservation and Society activities by Historical Society president Ted Pollard.




Dayton Lummis
Date: January 11, 2007
Length: 59 min.


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Dayton Lummis speaks at the Winsor Room of the Radnor Memorial Library on his new book, When Earl Was King Neptune. The book includes many of Mr. Lummis's personal recollections about living on the Main Line throughout most of its history.


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