Lecture Series

Fall 2019 Lecture SeriesL

“Who Was Will Price – A Decade of Change 1890-1900”

Guest Lecturer: James Garrison – Historic Architect, Author and Historian
Date: Thursday, November 14
Cost: $15/person
Refreshments: 7:00 PM – Lecture 7:30 PM
Location: Duportail House, 297 Adams Drive, Chesterbrook, PA 19087

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William L. Price was one of an influential group of architects working during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in Philadelphia. Aside from his importance in the area of design based on Arts and Crafts Movement ideals, Price was one of the founders of an arts and crafts community, Rose Valley, outside of Philadelphia.

In the decade that began with the design of Woodmont and ended with Yorklynne, William Price transitioned from a designer of suburban developer homes, notably in Wayne and Germantown, to an architect of mansions. The program will focus on the large houses of the decade, including two major works in Easttown.

James Garrison, is an architect with over 35 years of experience in historic preservation; his work has included research and restoration work on many National Historic Landmark structures including the National Gallery of Art and several state capitols. He is the author of  several books including “Mastering Tradition, The Residential Architecture of John Russell Pope.”

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Spring 2019 Lecture Series

“Old Main Line Gas Stations”

Guest Lecturer: Bart Van Valkenburgh, Historian – Lecturer
Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019
Cost: $15/person
Refreshments: 7:00 PM – Lecture 7:30 PM
Location: Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens, 631 Berwyn-Baptist Road, Devon


“Jefferson’s Daughters, Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America”

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Catherine Kerrison, Author and Historian
Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019
Cost: $15/person
Refreshments: 7:00 PM – Lecture 7:30 PM
Location: Duportail House, 297 Adams Drive, Chesterbrook, PA 19087

Jefferson’s Daughters by Catherine Kerrison is the remarkable untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s three daughters — two white and free, one black and enslaved — and the divergent paths they forged in a newly independent America.

Thomas Jefferson had three daughters: Martha and Maria by his wife, Martha Wayles Jefferson, and Harriet by his slave Sally Hemings. Kerrison recounts the remarkable journey of these three women — and how their struggle to define themselves reflects both the possibilities and the limitations that resulted from the American Revolution.

After the talk, Dr. Kerrison will sign copies of “Jefferson’s Daughters” which will be available for purchase.

Catherine Kerrison is an associate professor of history at Villanova University, where she teaches courses in colonial and revolutionary America and women’s and gender history. She holds a Ph.D. in American history from the College of William and Mary. Her first book, “Claiming the Pen: Women and Intellectual Life in the Early American South” (Cornell), won the Outstanding Book Prize from the History of Education Society in 2007.