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...
Kids Summer Camp: Archaeology Dig for Kids!

Kids Summer Camp: Archaeology Dig for Kids!

Archaeology Dig for Kids: August 19 – 23, 2019 Popular Archaeology Dig at Historic Yellow Springs is for kids ages 8 to 16 years. The older kids, 11 to 16 year olds, initiate the digging, completing the more physical work and learn to survey, excavate, sift, map and record their findings. The younger children, 8 to 10 year olds, continue with sifting, sorting and recording finds from the morning. Each age group learn the same set of skills but the younger children have less physical demands placed upon them. Kids Camp Information & Registration...

Adrian Martinez – HYS Art Lecture Series

ADRIAN MARTINEZ From the White House to Historic Yellow Springs — An Artistic Journey Saturday, February 23, 1pm to 3pm HYS Lincoln Building, 2nd Floor Gallery Member: $20, Non-Member: $25 REGISTER NOW   Historic Yellow Springs invites you join us for “Adrian Martinez—From the White House to Historic Yellow Springs—An Artistic Journey.” This is the first in the Art Lecture series at Historic Yellow Springs. Adrian Martinez, internationally known artist, teacher and lecturer, will speak about his experiences creating art at the White House, working with President and Mrs.Bush, and how this experience changed the art and ambitions he had growing up in D.C. These people and places inspired Martinez to present this unique power point presentation combining his intimate knowledge of American art, history and culture in the last half of the 20th century and how his particular artistic evolution in the 21st  inevitably progressed from his youth growing up in Washington D.C., to the White House, to the Historic Yellow Springs of today. Using his firsthand experience as stage actor/dancer, set designer, art and history lecturer, curator, museum exhibits designer, painter, sculptor and printmaker Martinez makes a case for cultural survival in this new and challenging era of exploding  information. At this point in his career Martinez has come to know what Historic Yellow Springs has manifested for centuries – it’s all one and context is everything. The lecture will be on February 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance as well as at the door the day of the event.   About Adrian Martinez Adrian Martinez is an internationally known artist, teacher and lecturer. He...

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...

Kids Camp: Archaeology Dig: August 15-21

Kids Camp: Archaeology Dig: August 15-21 (Rescheduled due to flooding & road closures. Originally Aug.13-17, 2018) Information and registration for HYS Kids Camps >  Chester Springs Studio Summer Kids Camp 2018...