Sanderson WWI exhibit party, Sept. 17

The Christian Sanderson Museum. CHADDS FORD — The Christian C. Sanderson Museum will host a World War I Exhibit Opening Party on Thursday, September 17th from 5pm to 8pm. This stimulating exhibit will continue to be displayed until November 29th.   During the preview event, Museum Curator Chuck Ulman will provide an overview of highlighted artifacts on display.    Send...

Sanderson to display Lincoln Assassination exhibit

The front page of The Philadelphia Inquirer following Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Courtesy the Sanderson Museum. CHADDS FORD — Two years after the speech in Gettysburg that touched the nation, President Abraham Lincoln died at the hands of John Wilkes Booth. This important statesman was assassinated in 1865, 150 years ago, while watching “Our American Cousins” with his wife, Mary...

Art Watch: Time for the colors of Spring

Exhibits by Murray, Keane to brighten your outlook By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times Now that the dreary grey days of Winter are behind us, I cannot get enough of color! This week has some terrific art shows that will get you in a colorful mood to welcome in the Spring. The Church Street Gallery in West Chester is showing the painted works of John Murray through April 19th. The opening for the...

Sanderson Museum opens season, March 1

CHADDS FORD — A very exciting 2015 season is planned at the Christian C. Sanderson Museum on Creek Road in Chadds Ford.  The Museum’s doors will re-open on March 1st and visitors are invited to see history like they’ve never seen it before. The Sanderson Museum is proud to present two fascinating exhibits this year. The Abraham Lincoln Exhibit will open on April 16th and highlight many unusual...

Sanderson Museum remembers Tommy Thompson

Museum remembers first curator By Linda Banks, Special to The Times The first curator of the Sanderson Museum, Tommy Thompson, is warmly remembered by staff and board members. In November the last flash of sun adds final colorful brilliance to our trees and our lives, but autumn also predicts falling leaves and winter’s chill.  November always brings the fleeting Sanderson Museum schedule...

Spring awakens Sanderson after a wintry slumber

Museum namesake, Rip Van Winkle crossed paths many times By Linda Banks, Special to The Times Christian Sanderson, seen above in costume as Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle, was fascinated by the character and story for more than 50 years, after first encountering it as a student at West Chester Normal School. Springtime in Pennsylvania is guaranteed to bring mixed garden chores, weather,...

Historic scavenger hunts for kids start June 3

CHADDS FORD — The Kennett Square and Chadds Ford region has been blessed with a rich heritage- from the Battle of the Brandywine on September 11th, 1777 to the local “village historian” Chris Sanderson and the Wyeth family of artists who’ve depicted both the history and beauty of the region in their paintings over the last 100 years. This heritage is on display at several local venues,...

History made personal: Pennock’s baseball

Hall of Famer from Kennett Square helped Yanks win seven titles By Gene Pisasale, Special to UnionvilleTimes.com This baseball, signed by Herb Pennock and Jimmie Foxx, can be seen at the Sanderson Museum. In the entryway of the Christian Sanderson Museum, a baseball sits in a case on a small wooden pedestal, red and blue stitching wrapped around some famous names of the Boys of Summer. The pedestal...

History made personal: Names from the centuries

The autograph collection at the Sanderson Museum tells many stories By Gene Pisasale, Special to UnionvilleTimes.com Some of the autographs on display at the Sanderson Museum in Chadds Ford. Kids today love to get autographs from their favorite baseball players, sometimes standing in line for hours. Chris Sanderson made autographs a passion and collected hundreds over a period of decades from people...

History Made Personal: book from Benjamin Franklin’s personal library

By Gene Pisasale, Special to UnionvilleTimes.com An actual book from Benjamin Franklin's personal library — part of the permanent collection at the Sanderson Museum. One of the best known and loved of the Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin was a scientist, philosopher, diplomat, statesman- and a voracious reader. In short, he loved learning, exploring, widening his perspectives and gaining...