Display Case Exhibit, Thru 2014
60th Anniversary of the Founding of Huntingdon Valley Library

Huntingdon Valley Library, 625, Red Lion Road, Huntingdon Valley

Lecture, Wednesday, November 12, 7:30 p.m.
From Brewers to Botanists: The Morris Arboretum Story

Join the Society as it partners with the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust for this annual program observing the anniversary of the Bryn Athyn Train wreck, which occurred on December 5, 1921. Society member and railroad historian Larry Eastwood will begin with a lecture on the background leading up to the disaster, and Society President David Rowland will lead the walking tour to the site. The railroad ties and tracks have been removed so the walk will be easier than in years past. However, you should still wear comfortable shoes if you plan on hiking. Please contact the Pennypack Trust at 215-657-0830 to register. Society and Trust members are free, all others are $5.

Fall Outing, Saturday, December 6, 1:30 p.m.
Bryn Athyn Train Wreck

Join us for a trip to Doylestown to see the Moravian Tile Works as well as Fonthill. Henry Chapman Mercer was a major proponent of the Arts & Crafts Movement in America. In 1898 he began production work at the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works in Doylestown. Mercer was also a collector and world traveler, having originally worked at the Harvard Museum when he was younger. In 1908 Mercer began construction on Fonthill, which he built both as his home and as a showplace for his collection of tiles and prints. Designed by Mercer, the building is an eclectic mix of Medieval, Gothic, and Byzantine architectural styles, and is significant as an early example of poured reinforced concrete construction. The Tile Works is maintained as a “working history” museum by the Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation. Handmade tiles are still produced in a manner similar to that developed by Mercer. The bus will depart from the Jenkintown Library parking lot at 1:00 p.m. and return around 5:00 p.m. There is no handicapped access to Fonthill and stairs are unavoidable. Cost is $29 for members and $35 for non-members.
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