Town Tours Supper Lectures Continue

Town Tours Supper Lectures Continue We enjoyed a delightful summer evening on August 23 when 60 Chester County residents met at Yellow Springs to enjoy a summer boxed picnic supper and hear an interesting lecture on mills of Chester County presented by Dan Campbell, AIA. HYS Tour Guides then took our guests on a stroll through our lovely village. This is the first time this program was presented by the Chester County Historic Preservation Network partnering with HYS. Two more picnic suppers are planned. Thursday, October 25 – Scarborough Faire:  Are You Going? Dolly Cusumano and husband Steve will take us on a virtual trip to the Faire. You will learn about the history of the ancient festival and the song of the same name. Holly has been a member of The Herb Society of America for many years and has studied the history of herb usage. Find out more about the historic use of herbs, what you can grow in your pots or garden and how to use them. Thursday, December 13 – A Christmas Past Jane Peters Estes has developed an extensive expertise focusing on traditions, lifestyles and fashions concerning the period surrounding the American Civil War and extending into the Victorian era. Her holiday program explores the origins of many of our Yuletide holiday traditions (i.e. tree, hanging stocking by the fire) and highlights Christmas customs observed during the Civil War (1861-65). Her presentation will be accompanied with interesting stories, examples and recreations of actual fashions, and illustrations from the period. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Space is limited to 60 people. Cost of Box Supper is $15. Register...

NOVEMBER IS NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

On August 3, 1990, President George H. W. Bush declared November to be Native American Heritage Month.  This was a landmark bill honoring America’s tribal people and building bridges of understanding and friendship in local areas. Historic Yellow Springs is pleased to honor the Lenape Indians who first built their campfires and erected their lodges in our area, establishing a village here.   Long before white settlers were to name the area Pikeland, the Lenape knew of the curious yellow water which bubbled up from the ground and were the original people to name Yellow Springs. William Penn made treaties with these peace-loving Americans who were settled here.  Archeological evidence suggests that the Lenape Indians utilized the magical springs for medicinal and ceremonial purposes.  In the summer of 2006, Dr. Heather Wholey, Assoc. Professor of Anthropology at West Chester University, brought her class to our village and they did a field project discovering the existence of a village in the Iron Spring Gazebo area.  Significant artifacts were uncovered from the Late Archaic (3000-1000 BC) period.  A notched point of Quartz Eshbach from the Middle Woodland (300 BC-500 AD) period was also unearthed. Other archeological research has been conducted since that beginning exploration and we continue to hold our Archeological Camps for kids during the summer months.  All the “digs” have produced interesting artifacts covering all the eras of HYS history. The Lenape were Woodland Indians who hunted, fished and even cleared land in their villages for growing crops such as corn, pumpkins, squash and beans.  They assisted the early Welsh, Quaker, German and English settlers in clearing land for their...