Videos of RHS Programs

Michael Shaw: Railroads of King of Prussia
Date: March 4, 2014
Length: 54 min.

Author Michael Shaw traces the growth of King of Prussia from a rural village into, via the impact of the railroads, the flourishing, commercial epicenter we know today and the current renewed demand to reintroduce passenger service.


Dr. Clarissa Dillon: "Now, About That Stone..."
Date: February 11, 2014
Length: 1 hr. 8 min.

Dr. Clarissa Dillon explores the facts about the movements of George Washington's troops via Conestoga Rd. as referenced on a commemorative stone currently situated on Conestoga Rd. in Garrett Hill, PA.


Ronald Kule, Biographer of Chef Tell
Date: January 14, 2014
Length: 1 hr. 7 min.

Chef Tell, born Friedman Paul Erhardt, trained in several hotels and restaurants in Europe before moving to the United States when he was 28 years old. Over the years he owned several restaurants in the Philadelphia area, including one in Strafford. Hear biographer Ron Kule recount how he came to write the biography, and poignant stories about this very popular personality.


Anthony Waskie Portrays General Meade
Date: November 6, 2013
Length: 1 hr. 43 min.

Nationally-recognized Civil War preservationist Anthony Waskie portrays General George G. Meade.


Ed Rendell
Date: February 19, 2013
Length: 1 hr. 8 min.

Ed Rendell chronicles his storied political career with his trademark candor while making a strong statement about the state of American leadership.


Greg Prichard on Main Line Train Stations
Date: January 8, 2013
Length: 59 min.

Radnor Historical Society Board Member Greg Prichard presents the history and architecture of these storied Main Line train stations, as well as the successes of recent preservation efforts.


George W. Boudreau on Independence Square
Date: October 23, 2012
Length: 1 hr. 9 min.

Penn State Professor George W. Boudreau explores the history of Independence Hall and the areas that surround it as reflections of the society and culture of 18th century Philadelphia.


Sally Bedell Smith: "Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch"
Date: October 9, 2012
Length: 58 min.

Sally Bedell Smith draws on extensive research and interviews to portray Elizabeth II as both a monarch and a lively individual with a sense of humor.


The History of the Radnor War Memorial
Date: May 15, 2012
Length: 52 min.

This presentation followed the re-dedication ceremony held 5/15/2012 at the Memorial.


Re-Dedication Ceremony of the Radnor War Memorial
Date: May 15, 2012
Length: 36 min.

The Radnor (PA) War Memorial is re-dedicated on its 90th anniversary.


History of the Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals
Date: April 29, 2012
Length: 45 min.

Learn the history and present status of this no-kill animal shelter in continuous operation since 1909.


DeWitt Henry: "Sweet Dreams: A Family History"
Date: January 10, 2012
Length: 1 hour, 5 min.

"Sweet Dreams" chronicles the early years of the author's life growing up in post-war Wayne, PA, and has been described as "a remarkable feat of memory delivered in extraordinary prose."


A History of Open Space in Radnor
Date: February 8, 2012
Length: 1 hour, 29 min.

A panel of pioneers tell their stories about a time when the community enthusiastically endorsed the concept of preserving the rapidly diminishing green lands in Radnor Township.


Edward "Babe" Heffron
Date: November 9, 2011
Length: 1 hour, 30 min.

An evening with Edward "Babe" Heffron, co-author of "Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends."


Bennett Hill on Old St. Davids Church
Date: October 8, 2011
Length: 45 min.

Bennett Hill, a retired teacher, member of the RHS Board, and a guide at Historic Waynesborough, talks about the church’s history and its connections to the family of Anthony Wayne.


An Evening With David and Julie Nixon Eisenhower
Date: September 21, 2011
Length: 1 hour, 11 min.

The authors talk about their newest best-selling book, "Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower 1961-1969," in which they deliver a warm and personal recollection of the retirement years of David Eisenhower's grandfather, Dwight D. Eisenhower. You will also learn how Julie and David met, and how Ike once fired David from a summer job!


Gravestone Restoration
Date: June 25, 2011
Length: 42 minutes (part 1), 41 minues (part 2)

Gene Hough, owner of Heritage Guild Works, explains and demonstrates various gravestone and marker restoration techniques at the Radnor Baptist Cemetary in Wayne, PA.


Octavius Catto: "Tasting Freedom"
Date: May 10, 2011
Length: 1 hour, 35 min.

Former Philadelphia Inquirer writer Murray Dubin and Philadelphia Inquirer editor and Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel Biddle discuss their book "Tasting Freedom," which rescues the intrepid Catto from obscurity and brings to life a leader of the Civil War-era struggle against slavery and for equal rights.


History of the Wootton Mansion
Date: April 6, 2011
Length: 1 hour, 6 min.

Sister Jane Rearden shares the history of this 50-room neo-Tudor Mansion, which was completed by George W. Childs in 1881. Annie Robinson reviews the architectural history of this and other Peabody & Stearns country and seaside cottages.


Beth Earle Gallmeyer: Life on the Willows Estate
Date: April 3, 2011
Length: 1 hour, 5 min.

Beth Earle Gallmeyer shares a fascinating glimpse of life growing up on the Willows Estate from 1937-1976.


Dennis McIlnay: The Horseshoe Curve: Sabotage and Subversion in the Railroad City
Date: March 2, 2011
Length: 1 hour, 22 min.

Author Dennis McIlnay recounts the details of an interrupted Nazi plot during WWII to blow up this strategic section of the Pennsylvania Railroad near Altoona.


Craig TenBroeck: Genealogical Research
Date: February 8, 2011
Length: 58 min.

Craig TenBroeck, Founder of the Main Line Genealogy Club, shares his knowledge of how go about conducting genealogical research. His lecture covers fundamental and more advanced research techniques.


Art on Conserving Art
Date: January 25, 2011
Length: 1 hour 27 min.

Art Forster, who has owned Forster’s Custom Framing in Wayne, PA since 1974, explains the basics of art, photograph, and paper conservation; why these treasures deteriorate; and how to prevent that from happening.


Cardy Crawford Reads David Sedaris
Date: December 19, 2010
Length: 41 min.

Cardy Crawford, retired Radnor teacher, author, local artist, and RHS Board member, read from David Sedaris’ holiday writings, which are filled will irony and sardonic humor. The reading took place in the parlor by the fire, but it is not for traditionalists or children!


Foul Bodies: Cleanliness in Early America
Date: October 27, 2010
Length: 1 hour 5 min.

Dr. Kathleen M. Brown talks about this unusual cultural history that traces attitudes towards dirt through the mid-nineteenth century, demonstrating that cleanliness, and the lack thereof, had moral, religious, and sexual implications.


History of the Willows Cottage: Farm Life in Radnor
Date: October 10, 2010
Length: 1 hour

The history of the Willows Estate, formerly known as Rose Garland, including the Willows Cottage with its agricultural beginnings, is presented by Dr. Clarissa Dillon and Sara Pilling.


Presbyterian Children’s Village History by Jim Garrison
Date: September 26, 2010
Length: 1 hour 7 min.

Jim Garrison, a noted local architectural historian, lectures about the estate originally known as Glencoe, now the Presbyterian Children's Village.


Harriton House: Tour by Bruce Gill
Date: June 19, 2010
Length: 1 hour 17 min.

Bruce Gill, Exc. Dir. & Curator, provides a lecture and tour of Harriton House, home of Charles Thomson, first and only Secretary of the Continental and Confederation Congresses.


RHS Annual Dinner: A History of Haverford College's Landscape Design
Date: March 9, 2010
Length: 40 min.

At the Radnor Historical Society's annual dinner, held on 3/9/10 in Founders Great Hall at Haverford College, Bill Astifan, Manager of the College Arboretum, presented the history of the College's landscape design.


Reconstructing Williamsburg for a Second Time
Date: February 16, 2010
Length: 43 min.

Lisa Fischer, Director of the Digital History Center of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, speaks about how digital technologies are helping reconstruct the 18th century Williamsburg.


Businesses in Radnor - An Oral History
Date: January 12, 2010
Length: 53 min.

Cardy Crawford moderates a panel of leaders of long-standing area businesses who share a perspective of their businesses over the years. Panelists include Vince Cappelli, Lou and Bob D'Amicantonio, John Braxton and Art Forster.


Bennett Hill reads Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, 2009
Date: December 27, 2009
Length: 1 hour, 30 min.

Bennett Hill takes the Radnor Historical Society back to Dickens' era with this heartwarming ghost story. Read at the Society's headquarters, the Finley House.


Laura Beardsley: Historic Photos of Pennsylvania
Date: December 2, 2009
Length: 1 hour, 5 min.

Laura Beardsley returns to the Radnor community to provide the background of vintage photographs of farmlands and waterfalls, coal mines and steel mills, museums and universities in Pennsylvania. The images in this collection pay tribute to the people who have made up Pennsylvania’s storied past.


Dr. Guelzo: The Lincoln and Douglas Debates
Date: November 8, 2009
Length: 1 hour,2 min.

The Radnor Historical Society and the Friends of the Radnor Library co-sponsored a presentation by Dr. Allen Guelzo, author, professor at Gettysburg College (former professor at Eastern University), prominent Lincoln historian, and two-time winner of both the Lincoln Prize and the Abraham Lincoln Institute Prize. His presentation honors the Library’s bicentennial and Lincoln’s bicentennial and is based on his book (which just came out in paperback), "Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America."


2009 Memorial Day Parade
Date: May 25, 2009
Length: 26 min.

The Radnor Historical Society continues its participation in the 2009 Wayne, PA Memorial Day Parade. President Ted Pollard and ex-President Bennett Hill (garbed in traditional colonial clothing complete with firearm) escorted the Conestoga Wagon in the parade. Mishap befell the wagon's tongue as the wagon was being returned to the barn after the parade had concluded.


Anthony Wayne, Hero of Two Wars
Date: May 3, 2009
Length: 35 min.

At The Radnor Historical Society's Annual Meeting on May 3, 2009, at historic Waynesborough (Paoli, PA), Bennett Hill, a retired teacher, member and former President of the RHS Board, and a guide at Waynesborough for many years, delivers a talk on Anthony Wayne.


History of the Radnor Fire Company
Date: March 3, 2009
Length: 1 hour, 5 min.

Larry Ziglar, the retired Kea Professor of American History at Eastern University, discusses the history of the Radnor Fire Company. Mr. Ziglar has studied and has come to admire the people who provide such a valuable community service, and believes the Company is an important asset to Radnor.


Laura Beardsley: "Historic Photos of the Main Line"
Date: January 14, 2009
Length: 46 min.

The Radnor Memorial Library and the Radnor Historical Society hosted this book talk with Laura Beardsley, author of "Historic Photos of the Main Line." The author discusses her new book and presents the black and white images collected in this handsome coffee-table book that details growth of the Main Line from its early days up to recent times.


Cardy Crawford reads "A Christmas Memory"
Date: December 28, 2008
Length: 33 min.

Cardy Crawford, retired Radnor teacher, author, and RHS Board member, reads Truman Capote’s "A Christmas Memory," the classic memoir of Capote’s childhood in rural Alabama during the Depression when he lived with distant relatives.


Tuskegee Airman Eugene J. Richardson
Date: April 23, 2008
Length: 1 hour, 41 min.

The Tuskegee Airmen were America’s first black military airmen and served during World War II. Eugene J. Richardson spoke to an audience at the Radnor Memorial Library.


Radnor Oral History
Date: March 11, 2008
Length: 1 hour, 11 min.

Marilyn Caltibiano, director emerita of the library, moderated this oral history panel of older Radnor residents who have lived in the area their entire lives. This event was co-sponsored by the Radnor Historical Society and the Radnor Memorial Library. Participants were Margaret Dolan, George Aman, Charles Crawford and Steve Pendergast.


Bennett Hill Reads A Christmas Carol
Date: December 30, 2007
Length: 1 hour, 23 min.

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens: Bennett Hill reads an abridged version of this classic Christmas tale by the fire in the front parlor. A Radnor Historical Society tradition.


Phil Ritter - History of Wayne Station
Date: March 21, 2006
Length: 1 hour, 1 min.

Phil Ritter, Pennsylvania Railroad historian, gives a detailed talk to the Historical Society about the history of Wayne train station. The historic structure, which has been undergoing renovations recently, was just one station to serve the town.


Audio

You can listen to the following audio programs on the Audio page. To hear them, you must have the Flash player installed. Also available as downloadable mp3 files.

• Freedom's Prophet: Bishop Richard Allen

• History of Our Lady of the Assumption Church

• History of the Radnor Memorial Library

• History of the Wayne Art Center

• Dayton Lummis: My life in Radnor

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