Posted by: Pam, at RML | January 18, 2021

Look-See Art: Gritty City (Lot Full!)

Thanks, Lynn, for showing up at Radnor Memorial Library for a third time on our virtual programming schedule.

Looks like every parking spot was taken for GRITTY CITY before I had a chance to promote it at INWINSR.

(hint: for “heads up” on virtual events, follow RML on facebook, sign up for the RML e-newsletter, or check out RML’s webpage)

Looking forward to having Lynn back again in MARCH for another Look-See ART.

Be safe…and drive gently.

Posted by: Pam, at RML | January 19, 2021

Winter Amazing Movement Series at RML

Hi, Carol. Nice to see you again.

Jumpstart your new year with Amazing Movement’s Carol Beringer in 2021.

Carol is RML’s resident Functional Movement expert.

Look forward (as we do!) to a new workout that will be released on Radnor Memorial Library’s YouTube channel on the third Monday each month. The Winter Series features Carol’s 4 unique half-hour sessions that are sure to get us moving in the right direction. Watch them anytime.

This is the FIRST one in 2021: Jumpstart YOUR new year!

Posted by: Pam, at RML | January 12, 2021

Racial Identity and the Broadway Musical

Good seats still available! Please join us…

2020 was a year of visible anti-racist action, as protests took place across the United States in response to the senseless killings of Black Americans. Our country is taking a hard look at systemic racism in all facets of society, from immigration policy to employment practices, including the justice system.

But what about the Broadway musical? Does this seemingly “innocent” and “frivolous” all-American art form also have things to say about race and white supremacy? Join Warren Hoffman, author of The Great White Way: Race and the Broadway Musical in a conversation as we discuss the ways in which these shows from West Side Story to Hamilton shape and have been shaped by the racial ideologies that make our nation what it is today.

Posted by: Pam, at RML | January 9, 2021

21st Annual Chanticleer Lecture in 2021!

There’s still time to register…good seats available!

Posted by: Pam, at RML | January 3, 2021

Mindful Meditation Techniques

Radnor Memorial Library hosts

Genevieve Ford

We’re off to a good start in 2021!

Save your spot right here: (please note when you register that we are asked to have a few things at the event)

Posted by: Pam, at RML | January 3, 2021

Main Line Health shares Top Ten Foods

Happy New Year, folks!

See you on Tuesday? Zoom with us!

Save your spot right here:

Posted by: Pam, at RML | December 27, 2020

Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman’s Declaration of Independence

Storyteller and Museum Educator, Tammy Denease
Tammy Denease as “Mumbet”

Please save your spot right here:

The “Mumbet” recorded performance is based on the true story of Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, a young enslaved woman who won her freedom in court in 1781, citing language in the Massachusetts constitution: “all men are born free and equal.”

Mumbet’s case was a precursor to the 1783 decision that ended slavery in Massachusetts. In character as former enslaved Mumbet, storyteller Denease tells the story of a fascinating woman whose courage had an enormous impact on the lives of millions. Mumbet spent 30 years enslaved in the household of Colonel John Ashley of Sheffield, MA, before hiring a lawyer, Theodore Sedgwick, and successfully suing for her freedom in court. Once free, she took the name Elizabeth Freeman, and was employed by the Sedgwick family as a nurse, healer and midwife. Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman once said,

“Anytime while I was a slave, if one minute’s freedom had been offered to me, and I was told I would die at the end of that minute, I would have taken it, just to stand on God’s green earth a free woman.”

Storyteller Denease grew up in Mississippi listening to stories told by her own great grandmother, a former enslaved person who lived to the age of 125. “It’s amazing to me that living now, nearly 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation that, I personally knew — and loved dearly — someone who survived slavery,” Denease says. “I draw on my great-grandmother’s own life story for inspiration when portraying Mumbet.”

I was fortunate to find Tammy Denease a few months ago when I was “traveling” online, going up and down the East Coast, stopping at public libraries along the way. When I found myself looking in the library at Litchfield, Connecticut, Tammy was on the schedule for an event in November.

I was able to find Tammy’s website and contacted her right away. I hope you will join us on Tuesday night. Radnor Historical Society is our co-sponsor.

I am including links here to two authors, both who have penned books on Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman.

Thank you Jana Laiz and Gretchen Woelfle!

Dinner is ready to cook at the 1696 Thomas Massey House 2020


Happy Holi-stay Every Day


Stay Festive with PA at Home!

Happy New Year

from Radnor Memorial Library

Watch for new episodes in 2021!

Season’s Greetings!

Goodnight, garden.

Clarissa put the kitchen garden to bed in early December–not long after the first killing frost. It was around Halloween when Clarissa (fearless housewife) “trundled” her basket of roots down the narrow cellar steps, laying them neatly in a corner…on a cold dirt floor.

Then one day, Clarissa announced that she would, indeed, be cooking a seasonal meal at 1696 Thomas Massey House in December.

With the holidays approaching, the housewife hinted about the dinner menu — said she would be shopping for lamb. Potatoes, carrots, onions, and turnips would again see the light of day when the housewife would bring them up from the cellar for the farmhouse dinner.

In 1683, setting sail on the ketch Endeavor from Liverpool, England, Thomas Massey, age 20, landed in Chester, Pennsylvania Colony, as an indentured servant to Frances Stanfield. Also on the ship was a young girl named Phebe Taylor.

After working off his indenture and receiving his own land, Thomas married Phebe Taylor. He was 29 and she was 22.

They built a house and then one by one, 7 children were born to them.

With quite a large family to feed, Phebe would have spent a lot of time in the kitchen. And her daughters would have learned to cook very early on.

On this beautiful day, Clarissa would be cooking a hearty meal for us on the open hearth — one that Phebe Massey might have served her family in the 1700s.

Rich Paul opened up the House early in the morning and had the fire flickering in the hearth by the time I arrived. Morning minutes passed slowly. Sunlight poured through the window (perfect timing) just as the housewife sat down to cut the roots that she grew in the garden.

Clarissa F. Dillon, Ph.D., demonstrating 18th century housewifery at 1696 Thomas Massey House, 2020

Now for a little history here–since I know you would appreciate it.

Marc d’Entrement visited Clarissa at Massey House years ago and wrote about it in his blog, Travel with Pen and Palate. I was lucky to find it last summer.

Marc is a chef (native Pennsylvanian), a world traveler and writer who makes connections among peoples, activities, cultures around the world and then tells the story of a region/culture, whether that be in the streets of Puerto Vallarta or the counties of Pennsylvania.

The writer shows a lot of love for our places, our Philly, and the many photographs of faraway lands are lovely.

It is so placey.

Thank you for watching. Have some fun at your place. Stay safe.

We wish you a happy and healthy holiday!

Posted by: Pam, at RML | December 14, 2020

Washington’s Crossing

Join local historian Jim Segrave-Daly for a discussion of one of the most pivotal times in American history, Christmas of 1776. From the reading of Thomas Paine’s American Crisis, his troops, the dangers, and the Battle of Trenton, we’ll uncover why Washington’s plans helped to save the American cause in the Revolution.

Co-sponsored by Radnor Historical Society.


Posted by: Pam, at RML | December 7, 2020

There’s No Place Like Home

Wednesday, December 9 at 7:00pm

Although we’re not traveling much, we can still have lots of fun in the Philadelphia region.  Irene Levy Baker, author of 100 Things To Do In Philadelphia and Unique Eats & Eateries of Philadelphia is here to explain how. Hear stories about where to have adventures, good places to social distance, and even secret destinations long-time locals don’t know about. The author has spent more than 25 years eating her way through Philadelphia’s restaurants and exploring its nooks and crannies.

Co-sponsored by Radnor Historical Society. 

I hope to see you there!


Save your spot here!

Joseph Badger, 1757

An advertisement in The Pennsylvania Gazette of October 10, 1792, gave notice that William Zane had for sale squirrel chains. On Dec. 31, 1798, Philadelphia resident Elizabeth Drinker noted in her diary that her son William had “bought a flying squirrel in market, brought it home to please the children,” and added ruefully, “I should have been better pleased had it remained in the woods.” Later, in 1799, Drinker noted in another entry that. “An account in one of the late papers of a natural curiosity, I think ’tis called, to be seen in Walnut Street; a fine little bird, a beautiful flying squirrel, a rattlesnake, and other animals, are living in the most amicable terms in a neat, strong box or cage.

I offer this reference above, because I wouldn’t want to be historically inaccurate when I tell people about my backyard squirrels and why I’ve named them.

But… squirrel chains?

While Clarissa happily digs in the garden, there I am –filming our next favorite episode. I can’t wait to come home and begin my Web search for 18th-century portraits of children dressed in their authentic period clothing. It makes me happy if they are with their pet squirrel. Or dog. Their cat…

In recent episodes, I have included some beautiful portraits because I like the idea of children visiting with Clarissa in the garden and in the kitchen.

William Matthew Prior

After spending many wonderful hours at the 1696 Thomas Massey House with Clarissa F. Dillonwho takes such good care of her kitchen gardenI admit that going colonial manages to spirit me away from this year 2020.

You know what I mean.

John Singleton Copley

Im sure you have your own escape, too.

Taking care of others feels natural. But taking care of yourself is not a luxury. It’s essential. And now, with more time spent at homewe can make time for it and connect with things we enjoy doing.

Or, like that garden– some may choose to rest through the winter –to then awaken in the spring.

Stay warm, stay well, be safe.

And stay squirrelly!

Posted by: Pam, at RML | November 30, 2020

The Philadelphia Print Shop

Since its founding in Chestnut Hill in 1982 by former curator of Revolutionary Maps with the Library of Congress, Dr. Don Cresswell, The Philadelphia Print Shop has earned a national and distinguished reputation for its extensive collections and excellent customer service.

While much of The Philadelphia Print Shop’s business is conducted online, proud owner and local collector David Mackey believes his new storefront is essential to all who share his enthusiasm for finding antique prints, historic maps, rare books and more. 

In this live Zoom presentation, David will open the Wayne doors to the iconic print shop and share his joy of collecting, his passion for local history, and show examples from his vast collections.

Co-sponsored by Radnor Historical Society.


Posted by: Pam, at RML | November 24, 2020

Save your spot for Look-See ART on December 1

Welcome back, Lynn!

save your spot right here:

Hey, you look familiar…

Faces continue to fascinate artists and viewers alike.  Why—for what reasons—did artists paint portraits in the past and how have those reasons and techniques, perhaps, changed over time? Take the time to delight in this type of intense artful ‘people-watching!’

We will use multi-media and interactive strategies for seeing and appreciating art that will lead to fun and creative conversations. Selected paintings will be drawn from art museums near and far giving you the chance to observe them in a decidedly different way.

Lynn Berkowitz, MFA, BFA was the art museum director of education at several key museums before designing and launching the family and community program at The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. Lynn has developed an array of award-winning gallery tours, experiences, and apps aimed at helping audiences of all ages and abilities engage with a diversity of art ‘isms and approaches.

Registration Required

I hope to see you there!


Posted by: Pam, at RML | November 23, 2020

Fall Back into Shape–Video #5

Hi, Carol!

Carol, thank you for this series.


Fall back into shape! Join Carol Beringer, certified Movement Reeducation Specialist of Pilates and More, in learning simple, practical, meaningful movement for daily functionality. Every 2 weeks we will debut a NEW workout video! Like the popular summer series, this fall series features a total of 5 videos that you can watch at your convenience. Remarkable benefits for everybody!

1696 Thomas Massey House

Significance: East section of the house is one of the earliest houses surviving in Pennsylvania.

Survey number: HABS PA-1257
Building/structure dates: 1696 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: ca. 1730 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1965 Subsequent Work

Since the 1696 Thomas Massey House has been temporarily closed to visitors (like me) due to the Pandemic, I have met up with just two “masked” people at the historic house — one being my new friend, board member Rich Paul and the other– my old friend, Beverlee Barnes. I know there are many more volunteers working behind the scenes at Massey House... and someday, I will meet them, too.

We can and we do– adjust. People are resilient, actually. Now, after 7 months of filming our series, when Clarissa tosses volunteers’ names around in our conversations about Massey House, I just think–yes, right, that one.

Until then, thank you to the entire all-volunteer Massey Bunch. Yes. Right.

I hope you enjoy Episode 13 of One Cool Colonial, filmed at home with Clarissa, on our little lane.

Please join Radnor Memorial Library

and Radnor Historical Society

with Jim Segrave-Daly

on Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00pm LIVE on Zoom

Save your spot here:

We’ll look at its creation and the roles that Chief Justices Marshall, Taney, Warren and others have played, as well as some of the Court’s landmark decisions.

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