In the 1960’s, Louis I. Kahn taught distinctive design philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania and built a new kind of modern architecture. Charlie Dagit was an undergraduate at Penn, a member of Kahn’s famous one-year master’s studio, and an architect in the office of Aldo Giurgola.

Fast-forward 50+ years later and Dagit gives us a vivid, first-person account of one of the greatest chapters in architectural history. The author of Louis I Kahn– Architect: Remembering the Man and Those Who Surrounded Him, will visit Radnor Memorial Library on Tuesday, October 28 at 7:30pm.

Radnor Historical Society is our co-sponsor for this author event. Kahn

Charles E. Dagit, Jr. taught at Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Drexel University, where he is now a thesis advisor as well as conductor of a seminar on American Architectural History. Awarded the American Institute of Architects Pennsylvania’s Medal of Distinction, his work has been published in Progressive Architect, Interiors Magazine, and Yale Perspecta.

Books will be available for purchase at the event.

We are all looking forward to this event and hope you will join us!





Charles Dagit

Charles E. Dagit, Jr. (center)



Reverend Richard Walton Hess, retired Rector of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Wayne, will present a historical lecture on eight Main Line families on Friday, October 24, at 7:00pm.

Reverend Hess is visiting from Falmouth, Massachusetts, where he now resides, and has spent months preparing for this special night in the Winsor Room. We consider this a preview to the 300th anniversary of St. David’s Episcopal Church that will be celebrated in 2015. Our visitor promises a lecture that will be very entertaining!



The stately homes of these families will also be part of Hess’ presentation, including the Zantzingers and “The Willows” and the Rosengartens and “Chanticleer.”

We hope to see you there!


The Willows

The Willows

In this picture: Anna Morris Holstein, a nurse and a matron during the Civil War.

In this picture: Anna Morris Holstein, a nurse and a matron during the Civil War.


This presentation is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. The PHC inspires people to come together to share a life of learning. Since 1973, the PHC has provided resources that empower local groups to help their communities explore history, literature, the arts, and the ideas that shape the human experience.

You are invited to a Pennsylvania Humanities Council lecture on Wednesday, October 22 at 7:30pm in the Winsor Room. This lecture depicts life in field hospitals as seen through the eyes of Anna Morris Holstein, a nurse and a matron during the Civil War. Smadar Shtuhl uses Holstein’s viewpoint to demonstrate how gender and racial assumptions were compromised to answer the demands of a major conflict.

Radnor Historical Society is our co-sponsor for this special event.

Refreshments will be served.

See you at the Library,




Posted by: Pam | October 17, 2014

Smart Divorce Planning







On Tuesday, October 21 @6:00pm, Hotaling Investment Management, LLC, will present the team of Samantha Evian, Family Law Attorney, and Eileen Paul, Certified Financial Planner, who will offer vital information you need before, during, and after your divorce.

Learn how to identify and intelligently uncouple your assets, your debt, and walk away stronger on your feet with investable resources and savings for your new future.

Evian will debunk many of the common divorce myths you hear while Paul will guide you toward your fiscal independence.

Special guest and motivational speaker Pamela Elaine Nichols, will share her own dramatic and ultimately winning experience with you.

Registration is not required.

See you at the Library,



Posted by: Pam | October 14, 2014



Superintendent of Police, Michael J. Chitwood (Upper Darby Township) at author event for Tough Cop on Octobe 13, 2014

Superintendent of Police, Michael J. Chitwood (Upper Darby Township) at author event for Tough Cop on October 13, 2014


Michael J. Chitwood, Louis D'Amicantonio, Robert D'Amicantonio, John Miller

Michael J. Chitwood, Louis D’Amicantonio, Robert D’Amicantonio, John Miller



Chief Mike Chitwood and Pam Sedor

Chief Mike Chitwood and Pam Sedor

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Susan Seidelman film screening of Musical Chairs on October 12, 2014

John Ricciutti from Studio 21 and Chief Mike Chitwood

John Ricciutti from Studio 21 and Chief Mike Chitwood

Michael J. Chitwood

Michael J. Chitwood

Author Richard Rashke event on October 7, 2014

Author Richard Rashke event on October 7, 2014

Posted by: Pam | October 14, 2014

How to Research Military and Bounty Land Records

genealogicalOn October 15 at 2:00pm, Sydney F. Cruice Dixon, a professional genealogist, will discuss how to research your ancestors’ military service and explain how to find the bounty land records that your ancestors may have received for their military service.

Ms. Dixon will also explain the benefits of researching at the National Archives in Washington, DC…while it may be challenging, at times.

Registration not required. Refreshments will be served.


I hope to see you at the Library,


Police Superintendent, Michael J. Chitwood, is the subject of the the new book, Tough Cop: Mike Chitwood vs. the “Scumbags,” written by Harold I. Gullan. Chief Chitwood began his career in law enforcement over forty years ago, initially serving with the Philadelphia Police Department as a patrol officer, highway patrol officer, and then a detective in the prestigious Homicide Division. On Monday, October 13, 7:30, Chief Chitwood will talk in the Winsor Room. No podcast this time. There will be a book signing and books will be available for purchase.

Tough Cop

I have been following Chitwood’s career  since the ’80’s…even back then, he made a name for himself, doing what he was born to do.

The recipient of a multitude of awards which recognize him for his community service, leadership, and commitment to public safety, Chitwood was named Superintendent of Police of the Upper Darby Township Police Department in 2005. And we’re glad he’s back.


Please join us on Monday night. From all the comments at the Library, this man has a lot of admirers who can’t wait to meet him. Like me.


See you at the Library, Pam


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Philadelphia-born Susan Seidelman was lauded as one of Hollywood’s few “bankable” female directors after the blockbuster box office performance of Desperately Seeking Susan.

Please join us on Sunday, October 12, at 1:30pm, when Susan Seidelman will talk about her life, her films, her inspirations. We’ll be screening Musical Chairs, a romantic tale of two New Yorkers, set in the world of wheelchair ballroom dancing.


Seidelman’s thirty-seven year career includes a Palm d’Or nomination at Cannes and multiple Emmy and Oscar nominations for films starring Meryl Streep, Madonna, and John Malkovich, among many other actors. As a writer and director, she’s been a pioneer among female, American independent filmmakers, starting with her 1982 debut, Smithereens. The women in Seidelman’s films are often trying to find their place in the world, their voice.

Musical Chairs (                    Musical Chairs (




And Susan Seidelman directed  the 1998 pilot for the groundbreaking “Sex and the City.”–

“It was bold and sassy and more interesting than what I’d seen on TV. Sometimes you get called about something and you think it’s going to be a job, and then sometimes you get called and it turns out to be something you’re really passionate about. I felt like I was the right person to do that…and I like the ending. It’s a little bittersweet.”


I read that Susan attended Drexel University, is 61 years old, and her birthday is in December. Well, that describes me, too.  Hey, who wrote this script?

I am lucky to be in the position to invite big names to our Library… it is so thrilling that Susan Seidelman said YES!

See you on Sunday,





Posted by: Pam | October 8, 2014

Friday Fine Film: Draft Day (2014)

Draft DayFriday, October 10, at 1:30, we’ll be in the Winsor Room watching Draft Day.

Kevin Costner is general manager Sonny Weaver, who has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams.

Rated R. 110 minutes.

This is a free movie on a big screen. Popcorn and lemonade for all!

See you at the Library,


richard-rashkeIn the Winsor Room on Tuesday, October 7 at 7:30pm, Richard Rashke, an American journalist, teacher and author, who has written non-fiction books, as well as plays and screenplays, will talk about his new book. Rashke is featured in the award-winning television series, Nazi Hunters.

Radnor Historical Society is our co-sponsor for this author event.

Useful Enemies

Useful Enemies is a powerful, carefully documented book that sheds light on the infamous case of John Demjanjuk.

It is an account of how good people in a great nation can do very bad things and fail to do good things. Using as an example the case of John Demjanjuk, a Nazi guard who was complicit in the murder of thousands of Jews, Rashke demonstrates how the United States Government closed its eyes to the victims of the Holocaust while opening its doors to so many hands-on perpetrators. This is a terrifying account of the triumph of injustice in the false name of pragmatism and in the immoral service of bigotry.

–Alan Dershowitz


Rashke’s books, The Killing of Karen Silkwood and Escape From Sobibor, have been made into feature films. The author has taught creative writing at American University and the University of Maryland. Also a musician and composer, he plays alto sax and is working on an oratorio about Abraham. Rashke lives in Washington, DC.

Books will be available at the event.


See you at the Library,


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