Open Sculpture at Chester Springs Studio

Do you have a concept for a sculpture project but need assistance to realize it? Or, have you been wanting to try your hand in this media? Either way, the Open Sculpture class at Chester Springs Studio may be what you are looking for. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced sculptor, you will expand your skills and talents in this workshop. As the Director of sculpture for the Franklin Mint, George McMonigle has worked with award-winning sculptors around the world to perfect their skills and talents. As instructor of the Open Sculpture class at Chester Springs Studio, McMonigle will assist you at your individual level of skill to realize your vision. Do you want to explore a particular subject like birds, animals or a portrait? Bring your ideas to the first class, and you will be walked through the design and composition stage and on to the execution of your sculpture in the round. If you would like to work on a relief or plaque, that would be great! The goal will be to enjoy the process of creating sculpture while learning in a manner that you can apply to your future works. Learn more about this class > Register Now...

General George Washington and the Continental Army March into Yellow Springs

Today, September 17, 1777, is the day Yellow Springs entered the Revolutionary War. The Philadelphia Campaign was raging in Chester County with the Battle of Brandywine, the Battle of the Clouds and eventually the Paoli Massacre. It was early in the morning of September 17, after the Battle of the Clouds in Malvern, that this rag-tag army marched a grueling six miles overnight across the Great Valley through torrential rain, cold temperatures, and mud filled fields and trails. They were cold, wet, hungry and tired. Local West Pikeland residents offered food and some lodging. Most of the army camped minus tents throughout the area. Meanwhile, General Washington set up temporary headquarters in the tavern that existed at that time right in our village. Sending correspondence written by his senior aide de camp Lt. Col. Alexander Hamilton, he told them he would head west to the furnace area to replenish ammunition and give his men rest. Also with him were James Monroe and Anthony Wayne. The General then decided to send Wayne with a small contingent to watch over the British at Malvern. Thus, the Paoli Massacre. To follow, we know of the Valley Forge Encampment, the building of the Revolutionary War Hospital at Yellow Springs, the knowledge of the medical department here, the support of the doctors and the West Pikeland community, and the steady march to freedom at Yorktown. The freedom we love today. Join me in the commemoration of this momentous event in the history of Yellow Springs. Join me in standing tall and proud of what happened here on this sacred ground that we walk upon...

New Stairway at Chester Springs Studio!

  Thanks to Matt Milkiewicz and the Eagle Scout Troop 216 we now have a new stairway at Chester Springs Studio! They have designed and are in the process of constructing the new stairway. All at HYS are thankful to Matt Milkiewicz, Eagle Scout Troop 216 and all who have contributed financially for this generous addition to the historic Chester Springs Studio. The new stairway and handrail also add to the safety of the many students attending classes at the Ceramic and Fine Art studios. Thanks for all of your hard work and valuable contribution!...

Eels Released into Pickering Creek at Historic Yellow Springs

On Thursday, August 29 more than a 1,000 young American Eels were released into Pickering Run, a tributary to Pickering Creek, at Historic Yellow Springs. Project partners Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, and United States Geologic Survey are undertaking a three-year study in which they will re-introduce eels to Pickering Creek. American Eels are native to the Pickering, but they are a migratory fish whose access to streams has been reduced by dams. Over the past few decades, American Eel populations have decreased dramatically in the Schuylkill River watershed, including Pickering Creek. An integral part of the ecosystem, declines in eels have potentially far-reaching implications for the health of the streams they traditionally live in. A three-year study in which American Eels will be re-introducd to Pickering Creek is being conducted by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, and United States Geologic Survey. Project partners have been working with local conservation groups, including Green Valleys Watershed Association, French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, and Historic Yellow Springs. A major component of this study is to learn if the re-introduction of eels has an effect on the population of invasive crayfish in the creek, the numbers of which have increased as the numbers of eels decreased. Re-introducing native eels could be a potentially valuable conservation tool in the efforts to control invasive crayfish and restore native crayfish. At the event, project partners released over 1,000 young eels into Pickering Creek, marking an important step in the study and ecological restoration of the creek. “The...

Hamilton and Hoecakes

Hamilton and Hoecakes! Tuesday, September. 17, 2019, 6 PM The Washington at Historic Yellow Springs $55 per person – $50 for Friends of DCEF and HYS members Following the Battle of the Clouds with the torrential rain in the Malvern area, the Continental Army as well as the Redcoats retreated. General George Washington and his aide de camp Lt. Col. Alexander Hamilton marched through the night and entered the village of Yellow Springs the morning of September 17, 1777. While the army rested, General Washington made plans to march to the furnace area west of the village to replenish his lost ammunition destroyed in the rain and give his men additional rest before marching back to protect Philadelphia from the British. HAMILTON AND HOECAKES We invite you and your families to join us on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, at 6 p.m. to celebrate this event: HAMILTON AND HOECAKES. Learn about the history of the Revolutionary War in Chester County and dine in The Washington which is on the site of the original inn where Washington and Hamilton would have dined. Step back into our village rich in history and enjoy an evening of songs from the hit musical Hamilton, stories, Colonial games and crafts and a celebration that took place 242 years ago! The Downingtown Community Education Foundation and Historic Yellow Springs join to present this event. Dress in your favorite Colonial outfit (or other business casual dress) and dine on hoecakes, a favorite of the General, ham, baked beans, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, dessert and more catered by Montesano Bros, of Chester Springs. TICKETS Cost: $55...

Sandra Momyer — Recipient of the 2019 Rebecca Lukens Award

Sandra Momyer to be Honored at the 13th Annual Rebecca Lukens Award Presentation National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum 50 S 1st Avenue, Coatesville May 15, 2019, 5:30 pm Each year the National Iron & Stell Heritage Museum (NISHM) presents the Rebecca Lukens Award to a regional individual that exhibits the same qualities as our nation’s first female industrialist Rebecca Lukens: resilience, leadership, courage, and strategic outlook. This year’s recipient is Sandra Momyer, former Executive Director and present Archivist at Historic Yellow Springs, a village with 300 years of history. She is also vice president of the Schuylkill River Heritage Center. Awards Presentation Sandra Momyer will be honored at the 13th Annual Award Presentation Ceremony on May 15, 5:30 p.m. at the National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum in Coatesville. Tickets to the event are $50 per person. Appetizers and beverages will be served. Past recipients include: Mary Sullivan(2007), Jane Davidson(2008), Barbara Travaglini(2009), Gladys Flamer(2010), Nancy Penn Hannum(2011), Tammy Cansler(2012), Regina Horton Lewis(2013), Molly Morrison(2014), Mary Ann Rossi(2015), Barbara Cohen(2016), Francis Sheehan (2017), and Janet Klein (2018). NISHM The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum is located on the campus of the Lukens National Historic District, at 50 S. 1st Avenue in Coatesville, PA. Easily accessible in the heart of Coatesville and adjacent to the River Walk, NISHM is open six days a week for tours, lectures and educational programs. It draws international visitors to its facilities, which educates the public on the people, places, products, and processes of steel making, as well as the importance of educating children in the STEAM discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math)....

Jack Troy Lecture at Historic Yellow Springs

“Throwing Words; Composing Clay” Lecture with Jack Troy at Historic Yellow Springs Monday April 15, 7 to 8 p.m.   Historic Yellow Springs invites you to a lecture with internationally known potter, teacher and writer Jack Troy, entitled “Throwing Words; Composing Clay.” This is the second in the 2019 Art Lecture series at Historic Yellow Springs. “Throwing Words; Composing Clay” Troy will speak on this theme in a style that engages the audience in its weaving of words and images with his experience and knowledge of pottery. A humble master of both clay and language, his anecdotal stories include valuable technical and aesthetic considerations, humorous depictions of artistic challenges as a potter, and inspiring new ideas. Also included in the presentation, slides of Troy’s pottery reveal sources of inspiration as well as his understanding of ceramic history and its continuity to the present day. Troy adds, “In addition to documenting my work in clay with images, I will also be reading and reciting some of my poems—many of which are pottery related—that are important aspects of my expression.” If you have a passion for clay, art, poetry, or the process of transformation, this is an opportunity not to be missed. The lecture will take place on Monday April 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Washington Building in Historic Yellow Springs. Tickets may be purchased in advance as well as at the door the day of the event. Pottery, throwing sticks, and publications by Jack Troy will be for sale at the event. HYS Wood-Fired Kiln Rebuild Campaign All proceeds from sale of lecture tickets will go towards...

EvAngelos Frudakis 1921 – 2019

  EvAngelos Frudakis 1921 – 2019 EvAngelos Frudakis, a major figure in the world of 20th-century sculpture and resident of Philadelphia, died Feb. 16, 2019 at the age of 97. Mr. Frudakis had a strong influence in the field of sculpture through his monumental public works as well as through his teaching and mentoring. Recipient of the Medal of Honor for lifetime achievement by the National Sculpture Society, Mr. Frudakis is best known for his sculptures The Minuteman, installed at the National Guard Building in Washington, DC; The Signer in Independence Hall, Philadelphia; Fishing Bear at the Philadelphia Zoo; Reaching, a bronze female nude in the Brookgreen Gardens Sculpture Museum, Myrtle Beach, SC; and Icarus and Daedalus, a bronze fountain at the Central Arkansas Library, Little Rock, AR. EvAngelos Frudakis working on his sculpture The Signer.Chester Springs Studio was a special place to Mr. Frudakis, who was awarded a scholarship and attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) in the 1940s. He attended the Academy’s country school in Chester Springs in 1941-1942, and after WWII, continued his studies from 1945-1949. Mr. Frudakis called Chester Springs “a Shangri-la” and said the Sculpture Barn “was like a cathedral, with great north light—the three-dimensional lighting that you needed.” In 2016, Mr. Frudakis returned to  Chester Springs for an interview at Historic Yellow Springs, and to revisit sites used by the Academy. Mr. Frudakis studied with Academy instructor Walker Hancock, a noted sculptor who became known as one of the “Monuments Men,” a group of artists that recovered art treasures looted by the Nazis. He also studied with Harry Rosen and Charles Rudy, teachers at the Academy and Amadeo Merli, a...

Tribute to Bob Momyer, 1940 – 2019

Tribute to Bob Momyer 1940 – 2019 With heavy hearts, we share the very sad news of the passing of one of HYS’s great champions, Robert “Bob” Momyer, and offer our deepest condolences to his wife Sandy, the current Moore Archivist here at HYS and our Executive Director from 1986 until 2001. Sandy and Bob made an amazing team, were a great couple, and for some twenty years were the heart and soul of our organization. On behalf of the Board of Directors, and the many others like me who had the pleasure of working with Bob, I offer our deepest respect and gratitude for the unparalleled service he provided our organization. As my friend and fellow Board Member Mark Ashton wrote, in the flurry of email remembrances we’ve all been sharing since we heard the news, “Bob’s contributions were not derivative of Sandy’s, but stood on their own”. In his day, Bob volunteered for just about every event we had; was a stalwart First Gentleman when Sandy was Executive Director, served on more committees than I can count (including doing our press releases and advertising), was a tour guide, served several terms as a Board Member and as Vice President of our Board. Bob and I created the HYS Halloween event together, in conjunction with fellow Board Member Bob Willson. That was just one of the many roles he played at HYS over many years, but one that is particularly special to me. For five years we haunted the village together, scaring and exciting area children, while sneaking in a little history along the way. I’ll always remember...

Kids Creative Summer Camps

Join us this summer for the creative Kids Summer Camps at Historic Yellow Springs. Three weeks of art and clay camps and then the Archaeology Dig for Kids! Does your child like art? Enjoy shaping clay? Exploring nature? They may enjoy the great kids camp All About Nature from July 8 to 12, 2019. The lush natural surrounds of Historic Yellow Springs inspire art in a variety of media, techniques and natural textures. Explore the native plants, learn about the wildlife, and create art that may be used outdoors at your own home or displayed to bring the beauty of nature inside. Learn more about this Kids Half-Day Camp at Historic Yellow Springs...