Former Chester County resident co-authors new book on Phillies’ minor league history

A long-time Chester County resident is the co-author of Life in the Minors, 5th Annual Phillies Minor League Digest, an historical book that details the franchise’s minor leagues from the first affiliate in Hazleton, PA, to the current structure. The 355-page book, filled with over 170 photos, many of historic significance, is available now in both color and black and white. A portion of the...

Some really stupid things in history

By Nathaniel Smith, Columnist, The Times The other day I watched the movie “Titanic” for the second time. It seemed a lot longer than before, and much less plausible. What seems totally implausible is that any ship was thought unsinkable, that the captain agreed to increase speed in the known presence of icebergs, that the lookout binoculars were left behind in England, that the flotation...

Letter: Keep ‘Indians’ but embrace true Native Americans’ history

To The Editor, Football season is just starting for the Unionville-Chadds Ford Indians. Parents and coaches shout “Go U” to the players.  Its catchy, but it struck me as odd that “Go Indians” is never heard.  Asking around it seems parents are shy about the school’s mascot. Reading between the “let’s not go there” responses I’ve gotten to the topic led me to believe many feel...

Art Watch: Remembrances of Things Past

‘The Poetry of Nature’ at the Brandywine River Museum of Art By Lele Galer, Columnist, The Times At the Brandywine River Museum of Art, a beautiful new exhibition opened this week through June 12, “The Poetry of Nature: A Golden Age of American Landscape Painting”, which highlights the works from the New York Hudson River School of the 1800s. Forty paintings, including works...

Grant comes to Avon grove Library, Aug. 4

WEST GROVE — What was life like during the Civil War? How did Hiram Grant become Ulysses S. Grant, and why was his name change so important? Adults and children alike will enjoy learning the answers on Tuesday, August 4 when Grant visits West Grove in the person of Kenneth Serfass, historian and retired Marine. Ken Serfass as Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. “This is a great opportunity for anyone who loves...

Op/Ed: Fictionalizing history

By Bruce Mowday Bruce Mowday The history Americans know, or think they know, is increasingly coming from polluted sources. Last week I was in Gettysburg digging into original historical documents at the Adams County Historical Society and Gettysburg National Military Park for information on my next book, J. Howard Wert’s Gettysburg. I had several interesting conversations with curators and historians...

Brushing up on the history of the toothbrush

From the simple to the blinged-out wild, 5,000 years of dental health By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times The toothbrush we know today has come a long way since it’s humble beginnings. The earliest toothbrushes were used by the Babylonians and Egyptians around 3500 BC. It was more of a tooth cleaning stick than a brush as we know it.  Small branches of the olive, sassafras or...

Celebrating past, present and future

Appreciate that we are the sum of our experiences, but keep looking ahead By Dr. Matthew Lapp, Columnist, The Times Our son celebrates his first birthday this week and his mom and I decided to put together a small time capsule to commemorate some of the notable events that have occurred in his first year.  It’s been a great year, and it brings us a tremendous amount of joy to watch him develop and...

For ex-slaves in the 1800s, Chester County was home

Swarthmore library curator delivers lecture on Underground Railroad By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times Christopher Densmore educates the audience at the National Steel and Iron Heritage Museum. COATESVILLE – In a country largely built by the unpaid forced labor of those who Moses Coates called “dark-skinned brethren,” Chester County became the home of many slaves who escaped the terrible...

Sanderson Museum opens for 2014 season

The Christian C. Sanderson Museum on Creek Road in Chadds Ford is now open for the 2014 season. CHADDS FORD — That gem of both Southeast Pennsylvania history and that of the better part of the 20th Century of American History — the Christian C. Sanderson Museum — is now open for the 2014 season, on Thursdays through Sunday from 12 pm to 4 pm. “We look forward to welcoming visitors to the Sanderson...