Spring 2018 Meetings

April 11 – American Revolution to Fine Art

Presented by Gene Pisasale

  • Charlestown Historical Society Meeting
  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 7 to 9 pm.
  • Charlestown Elementary School Cafeteria   
  • (please park on right side in the parking lot near the bus garage)
Our April 11 meeting features a presentation by Gene Pisasale, an author and lecturer living in Kennett Square.  Last April he appeared before us as “Alexander Hamilton”.  The April topic will be “American Revolution To Fine Art” – Brandywine Valley Reflections.

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The Brandywine Valley acted as a crucible producing events that changed the courseof American history.  Three signers of the Declara
tion of Independence
lived here, as well as classical composer Samuel Barber and the renowned Wyeth family of artists.
Topics will include:
  •      Founding Faith  –  The Quaker Meetinghouses
  •      Colonial Gristmills –  Cornerstones in the Foundation of America
  •      Historic Inns and Taverns
  •      Industrial Building Blocks –  The Mines and Minerals of Chester County
  •      A DuPont Legacy  –  The Splendor of Longwood Gardens
  •      Sanctuaries in a Crowed Landscape  –    The Parks of Chester County
  •      Kennett Square –  The Mushroom Capital of the World
  •      The Great Pumpkin Carve

May 16 – Studying the Charlestown Presbyterian Cemetery

Presented by Dr. Laura Sherrod, Kutztown University

  • Charlestown Historical Society Meeting
  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 7 to 9 pm.
  • Charlestown Elementary School Cafeteria   
  • (please park on right side in the parking lot near the bus garage)

Charlestown_Revolutionary_War_Cemetary_2_2007-1Our May 16th meeting is a presentation by Dr. Laura Sherrod, Professor of Geology at Kutztown University who, together with her students has been conducting a ground penetrating radar and magnetometer study of the Charlestown Presbyterian Cemetery, commonly referred to as the Revolutionary War cemetery.   Their goal is to locate unmarked graves and a mass burial pit thought to hold the remains of 50+ soldiers.  Research into the subsurface may show the location of the original Charlestown Presbyterian Church built in 1742.  In addition to a visit on October 13, she and her students visited the cemetery several times this winter to gather additional data.  The cemetery is located across from Charlestown Playhouse on Charlestown Road.

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