"In almost every garden, the land is made better and so is the gardener."
Stored in the halls of the Delaware County Historical Society, one sewn-thread bound book captures the very meeting of the organization’s founding.
"All plants are not created equal, particularly in their ability to support wildlife. Most of our native plant eaters are not able to eat alien plants. … Unless we restore native plants to our suburban ecosystems, the future of biodiversity in the United States is dim."
The green, white and orange Ireland and the “Erin Go Bragh” flags are tangible links to Delaware County’s Irish at the Delaware County Historical Society, although the articles and books in its collections share a fuller story.
One highlight of the Delaware County Historical Society’s “A Glimpse of Black History 1800s — 2019” exhibit is a focus on prominent local athletes and champions.
A Glen Riddle telegraph key in the Delaware County Historical Society’s collection is similar to the ones used on the battlefields of World War I and on the fateful night of the Titanic sinking.
"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure in the landscape — the loneliness of it — the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it — the whole story doesn’t show."
It’s a story as old as time — coming up with excuses not to re-start my diet … or, as I’ve changed my way of thinking to say, “resume my healthy lifestyle.”
Tanks, nurses and doctors tending to the wounded and items such as Baldwin locomotives being unloaded off ships are among seldom seen photos of every aspect of the American participation in World War I contained in a thick, ornately covered book at the Delaware County Historical Society.
Whether an athlete, casual runner, or someone looking to get a jump start on their new year’s resolution, running in the winter is a good way to keep fit.
The lasting influence of some gifts ends when the gift is unwrapped; the lasting influence of other gifts exceeds a lifetime, affecting future generations. The gift of memorable childhood Christmases remains part of my personal and professional life today.
A ceramic Nativity scene preserves the spirit of the Christmas season as much as it does the history of a prominent Delaware County family.
May is recognized as Teacher Appreciation Month, but appreciating teachers demands a 12-month effort, and no time is better to show appreciation than this end-of-year holiday season.
Holidays can be such meaningful times, sometimes harboring heartfelt memories both personal and societal, brought to life by associated artifacts.
For 123 years, the Delaware County Historical Society has been the steward of the county’s most priceless treasures and the legacy preserved because of the ties the artifacts hold.
Finland offers a comprehensive educational program that includes fully funded daycare, one year of preschool for 6-year-olds, nine years of compulsory comprehensive school from age 7 to 16 and post-compulsory school (high school) where students choose an academic or vocational track. Prescho…
Election campaigns can be a multitude of things from inspirational to colorful to low-level mud-slinging fests, and one way to remember them and their namesakes is through the pins.
In my more than half century teaching, during a career that progressed from single-copy mimeograph reproductions to digital distributions, one teaching strategy has remained constant — the essay.
Congratulations on your acceptance as a new college student into the school of your choice. You worked hard as a high school student, and you successfully navigated the admission process. You attended orientation, explored the campus, located your class buildings and familiarized yourself wi…
A first glance of William Hillyer’s 1834 oil painting of Margaret Gray Knowles shows a discerning, aging woman in black and gray clothing set before a neutral earth-tone background.
While modern anti-Semitism reached a deadly pinnacle in the Second World War, it continues to have serious — and sometimes even fatal — consequences for Jews.
As high school and college students continue to argue their ability to multitask their electronic devices, research continues to mount that the brain functions best when focused on one demanding activity at a time. For example, when reading, writing, calculating, studying and problem solving…
An exhibition of original artwork by local artist Joan Sobel will be on display from Sept. 5 to 29 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Ave., Swarthmore.
“You who are asleep, wake up. You who are in a trance, arise. Search your doings and repent. Remember Your Creator you who forget constant truth in vanities of the hour and indulge all year in trifles which cannot profit or save, look rightly I into your souls. Amend your ways and your deeds…
During much of my career in secondary education, August was the month of sports camps for conditioning, practicing and performing. During that athletic preparation in the ’70s and ’80s, I underestimated another summer camp, a much more entertaining team that practiced and prepared just as ha…
As evidenced by a Delaware County Historical Society (DCHS) map, Chester Creek and the Delaware River followed different courses in 1682, which explains why the William Penn Landing monument is so far from the shoreline today.