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Cheltenham Township
Historical Commission

March 2017

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In the News

In February, a CBS Philly crew filmed the Richard Wall House Museum for a spot on its Dream Drives program, which highlights lesser-known treasures in the Philadelphia region. Meisha Johnson of CBS Philly interviewed Historical Commission Chair Jack Washington as well as representatives of the Old York Road Garden Club, which maintains the museum’s herb garden. The spot is expected to air in late March.

Historical Commission Chair Jack Washington preps for his interview


Meisha Johnson prepares to film by the herb garden.

Upcoming Commission Events

March Historical Commission Meeting

The next meeting of the Cheltenham Township Historical Commission will be March 9th at 7:30 PM at the Richard Wall Carriage House (1 Wall Park Drive, in Elkins Park). Historical Commission Meetings are open to the public. Check out the agenda.

Preservation Month Lecture

The May lecture will feature "The 7-30 Man: Jay Cooke and Ogontz." Commission vice-chair Dr. Tom Wieckowski will present the story of this notable and accomplished Cheltenham resident on Thursday, May 11, at 7:30 PM. The lecture will be held at historic St. Paul's Church, 7809 Old York Rd. Elkins Park, PA 19027. Admission is free.

The Spring Tour of Historic Wyncote

Back by popular demand, this guided tour will cover approximately one square mile of Olde Wyncote. Participants will be escorted on a small tour bus by local historian, Dr. Tom Wieckowski. The tour is scheduled for May 20. An informational brochure will be available in April details. Advanced reservations are required. Tickets are $25 per person.

Rescheduled - Julian Abele: Made Visible by the Shadows of His Buildings

Our February lecture was rescheduled due to inclement weather. It will now be held on September 14, 2017, at 7:30 PM, at Curtis Hall, 1250 W. Church Road, Wyncote, PA. 
Although the first black graduate of Penn's Grad School of Fine Arts, most of Abele's work remains hidden from the platform of public recognition. This illustrated lecture will make visible this remarkable man's achievements by an examination of his buildings and their architectural and cultural importance. Join our guest, Prof. William Williams, The Audrey A. and John L. Dusseau Professor in the Humanities at Haverford College, for this exciting and instructive presentation. Admission is free. All are invited.

Community Events

Old York Road Historical Society Lecture

From the Ogontz School to Penn State Abington

For 100 years, the Penn State Abington campus has been home to higher education. Author and faculty member Frank Quattrone will trace how the campus has evolved from an elite finishing school for young ladies into one of the most diverse baccalaureate colleges in the state. Along the way, he will introduce several outstanding faculty members, administrators, students and related historical figures, including financier Jay Cooke, principal Abby Sutherland, aviators Amelia Earhart and Cornelia Fort, and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Rod Nordland.

Date and Time:
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
7:30 PM

Homestead Hall, Parish House of the Church of Our Saviour, 821 Homestead Road, Jenkintown PA 19046

Cheltenham Township Flea Market

Citizens for the Restoration of Historical La Mott (CROHL) will participate in the Cheltenham Township Flea Market on April 29 at Curtis Arboretum, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
CROHL will offer collectibles, household items and vintage and antique items. All CROHL proceeds will benefit the Camp William Penn Museum.

CROHL Book Sale

CROHL will hold a book sale featuring books about the Civil War from a private collection. In addition, a small number of books about African Americans in the military as well as a number of books about Native Americans will be included.

Dates and Times:
Saturday, May 20, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday, May 21, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Camp William Penn Museum
1618 Willow Avenue in La Mott, PA 19027

Inquiries may be directed to or 215-885-2258.

The Wall Paper

A Publication of the Cheltenham Township Historical Commission

The spring 2017 publication of The Wall Paper is here. In this edition read about:
  • Melrose Academy Finds a Home at "Ellerslie"
  • Chairman's Chatter
  • Upcoming events at La Mott
  • Upcoming events at Cheltenham Township Historical Commission
  • A Bit of History - History Trivia Quiz! Find the answers on the Historical Commission website!
Note: Back issues of The Wall Paper are available on the Cheltenham Township website!

The Richard Wall House

Richard Wall House * Built 1681
The Richard Wall House is open on the 4th Sunday of each month, from 1-4 PM, and upon request. To arrange for a tour, either private or for a group, either call the Township at 215-887-1000, ext. 227 during business hours, or call the house directly at 215-887-9159 and leave a message.

Learn more about the Wall House on the Cheltenham Township website.

Friends of the Wall House

Be a Friend of the Wall House and help preserve the rich history of Cheltenham Township.
Benefactor: $100 * Sponsor: $50 * Patron: $20
Make checks payable to Cheltenham Township Historical Commission. Mail your check, name, address, and email to:
Friends of the Wall House
c/o Cheltenham Township
8230 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027-1589
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