In Pursuit of History through a life in Chester Springs

In Pursuit of History through a life in Chester Springs A BOOK REVIEW In Pursuit of History: A Lifetime Collecting Colonial American Art and Artifacts By Editors H. Richard Dietrich III, Deborah M. Rebuck Contributors: David L. Barquist, Edward S. Cooke Jr, Michael P Dyer, Kathleen A. Foster, Morrison H. Heckscher, Philip C. Mead, Lisa Minardi, William S. Reese Publisher: Philadelphia Museum Distribution (January 28, 2020)   Rarely do book reviewers devote much time to that genre referred to as “cocktail table books.” Those books are usually physically imposing, exquisitely photographed and containing text, which is often judged as inferior. In an age of digital photography and stunning print reproduction, the story line can seem neglected. Not so in the case of Yale University’s recent 300-page opus documenting the life and hobbies of our Chester Springs neighbors, the Dietrich Family. The book is the work of H. Richard Dietrich III and Deborah Rebuck and it weaves together a series of disparate stories culminating in the formation of America’s most impressive “non-museum.” More on the concept of a non-museum in a moment. Our story begins in Chester Springs in the mid 1960s. Brothers Richard and Dan Dietrich decide they want to live with their families in proximity to each other in Philadelphia’s western suburbs. They find two contiguous farms, one owned by former Supreme Court Justice Owen Roberts and another on Art School Road dubbed “Arkadia.” Richard is a budding collector of decorative arts working closely with the empress of porcelain, Eleanor Gordon. His brother Dan is a fine arts guy with modern tastes. Together, they are the heirs of...

HYS Holiday Stroll

Historic Yellow Springs Holiday Stroll The Historic Yellow Springs Holiday Stroll is open and free to our community. We welcome all of you to come, share the holiday spirit, and be surprised!  There will be fun activities, holiday stories, tasty snacks, holiday music and more as you stroll the village guided by the glowing luminaries. December 13, 2019 Historic Yellow Springs Village The Chester Springs Library 4:30PM  Story-time followed by Activities and Book Sale Township Activities in Chester Springs Studio 5:00-8:00PM Crafts, Games and Music 5:30PM Community Tree Lighting ‘Life’s Patina’ at the Jenny Lind House 5:00-8:00PM Hot Chocolate Bar and Sneak Peak Lincoln Building 6:00-8:00PM HYS Poster Competition, Members’ Art Show and Sale West Pikeland Township Building 6:00-6:30PM Performance by Chester Valley Dance Academy 7:30PM ‘Matilda’ by Salt Performing Arts (ticket required) The Washington 6:30PM Santa’s Arrival Download Holiday Flyer (pdf) >  ...

Fine Arts & Craft Show

More than 30 contemporary fine craft artists from across Pennsylvania will exhibit and sell their work at the annual Fine Arts and Craft Show, held Saturday, Nov. 16 from  10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday Nov. 17 from 10 am to 4 pm. The Opening Night Reception is on Friday, Nov. 15, 5 pm to 8 pm. Presented annually by Historic Yellow Springs, the event showcases the region’s finest craft artists and attracts large crowds of holiday shoppers. FINE ART & CRAFTS SHOW Saturday, November 16,  10 am – 5 pm Sunday November 17, 10 am – 4 pm LOCATIONS The Lincoln Building Galleries 1685 Art School Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425 The Washington 1701 Art School Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425 TICKETS Available at the door General admission: $5 HYS Members: FREE Children under 12: FREE ARTISTS with DISPLAYS HYS...

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...

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-introduced 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...