2013-2014 Events

"Our Sixty-Sixth Year"


Check back in the Fall for our 2014-2015 events!

This Year's Previous Events:

Andrew Wyeth documentary film with special guest Victoria Wyeth
Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 7:00 pm at the Winsor Room, Radnor Memorial Library
Literally the film of a lifetime, Self Portrait – Snow Hill is an hour long documentary about one of the greatest painters the world has known. In her own way, Andrew's only grandchild, Victoria Wyeth, a fourth generation family member, will comment on the film and will provide insight and background that only a family member can share. This event is cosponsored by RHS and the Library. Refreshments will be served.

Celebrated Food Historian and Cookbook Author William Woys Weaver
Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 7:00 pm at the Winsor Room, Radnor Memorial Library
Celebrated Food Historian and Cookbook Author William Woys Weaver delves deeply into the history of Dutch cuisine to sort fact from fiction in his new book, As American as Shoofly Pie: the Foodlore and Fakelore of Pennsylvania Dutch Cuisine. His detailed and affectionate chapters present a rich and diverse portrait of a living culinary practice and follows it forward as New Dutch Cuisine continues to evolve. Food samples will be served, and books will be available for purchase. This event is cosponsored by RHS and the Library.

Civil War historian Anthony Waskie to portray General George G. Meade
Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 7:30 pm, Winsor Room, Radnor Memorial Library
Commonwealth speaker and nationally recognized Civil War preservationist, Anthony Waskie, in uniform, will be speaking as General Meade. Waskie teaches in the Civil War and Emancipation Studies program at Temple University. From his work as an engineer and lighthouse builder, to combat in the Seminole and Mexican Wars, to his assuming command of the Union army on the eve of the battle of Gettysburg (where he handed Lee his first defeat), General Meade was integral to the survival of the Union. Meade also designed Fairmount Park and founded two schools for orphans of Civil War veterans. RHS and the Library are cosponsoring this Pennsylvania Humanities Council event.

Excerpts from David Sedaris' Christmas stories
Sunday, December 29, 2013, 4:00 pm, Finley House, 113 West Beech Tree Lane, Wayne
Read by Cardy Crawford, featuring Wassail Party refreshments. This is a traditional RHS event. Every other year, Cardy, a retired English teacher from Radnor Middle and High Schools, former RHS Board Member, painter in oils, and published author of novels for teenagers, reads excerpts from various authors of Christmas stories. The Sedaris' stories are humorous, for mature audiences, and not recommended for children.

Ronald J. Kule, author of Chef Tell: The Biography of America's Pioneer TV Showman Chef
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 7:30 pm, Winsor Room, Radnor Memorial Library
Chef Tell, Friedman Paul Erhardt, trained in several hotels and restaurants in Europe before moving to the United States when he was 28 years old. The showman chef pleased the palates of those who patronized his restaurants in Wayne at the Villa Strafford and in Chestnut Hill, to name a few. One of the celebrity chefs, Chef Tell won two Emmy Awards as well as the hearts of TV viewers for his instructional cooking segments that aired from 1976 to 1986. RHS and the Library are cosponsors of this event. Books will be available for purchase. (Snow Date is January 15)

Clarissa Dillon: Now, About that Stone
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 (snow date), 7:30 pm, Finley House, 113 West Beech Tree Lane, Wayne
Did George Washington lead his troops along Conestoga Road in Garrett Hill? The commemorative stone says he did on 15 September, 1777. Was Washington on his way to Valley Forge after the Battle of Brandywine? These questions and others will be be discussed by Clarissa Dillon, a retired Radnor teacher (Ithan, 1969-1993) and known for her demonstrations of colonial domestic processes. She received her PhD from Bryn Mawr College in 1986 and has been involved in living history since 1975. (Snow Date is Tuesday, February 11, 2014)

Railroads of King of Prussia
Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 7:30 pm at the Winsor Room, Radnor Memorial Library
Today, as King of Prussia celebrates its 300th year of existence, there is a strong movement to bring back passenger rail service to King of Prussia in order to serve business and residential communities. The new book, The Railroads Of King of Prussia, PA: The Past Leads To The Future, looks at the rich 175 year history of the railroads in King of Prussia, and how the renewed demand for passenger rail service is a microcosm of King of Prussia as it has traveled the path from a rural town to a business dominated suburb of Philadelphia. The author of this book, Michael Shaw, will speak to these topics, and his book will be available for purchase. This event is sponsored by RHS, Radnor Memorial Library, and the King of Prussia Historical Society. (Snow Date is Tuesday, March 11, 2014)

Antique Appraisal Event
Sunday, April 6, 2014, 2-5 pm, Wayne Senior Center, 108 Station Road, Wayne
Appraisals will be conducted by Gordon Converse, a local antique expert who will provide an opinion of the history of your treasure, what it is worth, and how to care for it. Click on the flyer for more info.

Annual Dinner at Mill Grove
Tuesday, May 6, 2014, Annual Dinner, 4:30 pm at John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, 1201 Pawlings Road, Audubon, Pa.
The RHS Annual Dinner will be held at the Audubon Center at Mill Grove, the historic first U.S. home of John James Audubon. The museum features a combination of art, nature and history, including Audubon's major work, Birds of America. The land surrounding the museum is a wildlife sanctuary with 5 miles of trails. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a guided tour, visit the historic barn, and have hors d'oeuvres with beverages (including wine) prior to dinner catered by Jeff Miller in the Pavilion. Guest speakers for the evening include Jean Bochnowski, Center Director, and Steven Saffier, Director, Audubon At Home Program and Bird Town. A separate mailing will provide more details, including the menu and reservation form, a few weeks before the dinner. This event is cosponsored by RHS and Radnor Conservancy.


There may be additions to the 2013/2014 program.
If you are interested in receiving notification of these changes, and if you have not been receiving e-mails from the Radnor Historical Society, please e-mail Nancy Fischer at fischerj2@aol.com with your e-mail address.
Please put Radnor Historical Society in the subject line.


Programs from previous Years

2012-2013 Programs
2011-2012 Programs
2010-2011 Programs
2008-2009 Programs
2008-2009 Programs
2007-2008 Programs
2006-2007 Programs
2005-2006 Programs



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