58th Veterans Day Parade

A cadet from the Sun Valley High School ROTC Program joins veteran Harry Seth and Barbara Selletti in a flag folding in the 2017 Veterans Day Parade of Saturday November 11, 2017,

Fri. Nov. 10 2017
State St, Media
11:00 am


We have been invited to carry a 20'×30' American Flag in the 58th Veterans Day Parade in Media PA. to honor the women and men who served in World War One

We will be joining with Veterans of all wars, members of the Delaware County community, walking  together as thousands line the streets to honor their courage and sacrifice.

 This event gives us the chance to say “thank you” for all they have done and continue to do for us.

For more information
anthony.selletti@wwonedelco.com

More photos from the Dance for Democracy

There were some great photo ops at the September 22nd Dance for Democracy. Full size photos prints of all photos are available by contacting George Rothacker at george@rothackeradv.com. You may also call for prices and sizes at 610-566-0334.

The Tapestry Ensemble dancers provided the perfect atmosphere to this fun Delaware County event.
Barbara and Anthony Selletti were presented with a poppy quilt by George Rothacker. The stitched piece was created by Anne Boren of New Zealand specifically for the World War I Remembrance.
Tapestry Ensemble dancers were elegantly dressed for the occasion and performed traditional dance of the World War 1 period.
Judy Reese and her service dog Shakespeare greeted guest and displayed photo boards of the brave dogs who served in the Great War. Judy and Shakespeare are shown next to a dog cart decorated for the occasion.
Re enactor Ryan Berley takes on his role seriously while Barbara Rothacker hams it up for the camera.

Barbara and Anthony Selletti were the force behind the Dance for Democracy and the whole World War One Delco Centennial.
 The duo responsible for the Tapestry Dance Ensemble taught guests the Grizzly Bear and the Turkey Trot at the Dance for Democracy.

Delco World War I Historians Speaks at Neumann University

Neumann University Library’s Fifth Annual Genealogy & History Conference will once again take place during Homecoming Weekend. The Conference is scheduled to run from 10 AM until 3 PM on Saturday October 14th and will be held in the Bruder Life Center’s Multipurpose Room, located adjacent to the main campus parking lot.

This year, the Library welcomes a very special guest speaker who will present “Forensic Genealogy and the GPS”. Michael S. Ramage, J.D., Certified Genealogist®, is a Board-certified genealogist and licensed PA attorney, and a member in good standing with the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy. He is well qualified in the field of missing and unknown heirs in estate and trust, and real estate title, matters. He has over 30 years of professional research and writing experience, and access to numerous legal and genealogical databases and repositories. Mr. Ramage has been qualified as an expert witness in the field of missing and unknown heirs. He can be reached at his business email: mramage@ForensicGenealogist.Pro 

Additional presentations will be: “Navigating with GPS: The Genealogical Proof Standard as Roadmap to Success” and “Using DNA for Genealogy: First Steps” by genealogist and Neumann librarian Barbara Selletti. “Finding and Using Military Records for Genealogy” by author, historian, and Neumann alumnus Anthony L. Selletti.

Admission is free, but registration is required. Visit http://tinyurl.com/NeumannGenealogy to register for this event.

Dance for Democracy

A Rousing Success and Fun Night for All Who Attended

More than 80 guests festooned in World War I uniforms, Downton Abbey gowns, top hats and tuxedos at the Dance for Democracy sponsored by American Legion Post #94, the World War One Delco Centennial Committee and the Destination Delco Tourism Bueau on Friday evening, September 22nd.
(top) Tore and Corrine Fiore, Shakespeare and Judy Reese greet guests to the dance.(row 2) Anthony (left) and Barbara Selletti (right) socialize with Tapestry Dance Ensemble Performers .(row 3) Shakespeare helps Drew Nugent out at the keyboard (left) as Corrine and Torre present dolls and World War I era memorabilia from their private collection; (row 4) Dancers take to the floor “freestyle” to the music of Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society.
State Representative Leanne Kruege-Braneky is
flanked by her Chief of Staff Heather Bord (left) and
Abigail Seth (right) as they are greeted by Judy Reese
and “Shakespeare” (shown in foreground).
The event was held in the gymnasium and meeting room of the Brookhaven Community Center graciously donated by the community for the occasion.

Arriving guests were greeted by Judy Reese and her service dog “Shakespeare,” a Bouvier des Flanders, ancestor of the dogs who assisted servicemen in Beligium during the Great War.

The festivities were officially begun with Abigail Seth's rendition of “God Bless America” in the dining area of the event. The menu included items that might have been offered at a community dance of the WWI era; pork and beef sandwiches, salads and three punches, two of original origin and a Prohibition Punch for those who abstain from alcohol.
Abigail Seth leads the singing of “God Bless America”

Quilt by Anne Boren given
to Barbara & Anthony Selletti
Ryan Berley brought employees of the Franklin Fountain, his brother's and his ice cream parlor in Philly, with Moxie and other sodas of the era, doughnut ice cream and WW One Chocolate Bars.

After their meal, the crowd dispersed to the gym where announcements were made by Destination Delco Tourism Bureau Executive Director Tore Fiore, and a gift of a Poppy quilt created by New Zealender Anne Boren was presented to Barbara and Anthony Selletti for their hard work in creating and promoting the events remembering all who sacrificed and assisted in the war effort from Delaware County between 1917 and 1919.
  After the presentation, The Tapestry Historic Dance Ensemble demonstrated dances of the era, after which they instructed guests on the finesses of the Grizzly Bear and the Turkey Trot.

Local musical legend Drew Nugent and members of his Midnight Society performed songs of the WW One era, while guests danced to requests and reprises by Abigail Seth.

The dance produced a profit of $1475 which is being used by the Selletti's to expand their video, “Memories of the Great War,” and to fulfill an “unfulfilled promise” of  creating a written record of all those who provided service during World War One from Delco.

World War One Tours and Events - September 23 & 24th

Please click here for info on the Dinner Dance at the Brookhaven Community Center on September 22

Tours and Events for September 23 & 24, 2017



The Naval Asylum Burial Ground - Yeadon



Open on Saturday, September 23
Time:12:30
Tour of WW1 Graves in the Naval Asylum plot
Hosted by the Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery

Sunday 24 ,September 2017
Time: 10:30 
Ceremony honoring veterans of WW1. Co-Hosted by the VA, Brough of Yeadon, American Legion Post's 761 and 507, and the Pennsylvania WW1 Committee.

Location Naval Asylum Burial Ground adjacent to Mount Moriah Cemetery at the Flag Pole

Both days enter at the Cobbs Creek Parkway entrance to Mount Moriah Cemetery in Yeadon
Location Naval Asylum Burial Ground adjacent to Mount Moriah Cemetery at the Flag Pole
Enter at the Cobbs Creek Parkway entrance to Mount Moriah Cemetery in Yeadon

Tour of WW1 Graves in the Naval Asylum plot Sponsored by the Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery


Sports Legends of Delaware County301 Iven Ave, Wayne, PA 19087
Theme: WW1 the Delco Baseball League,
and Delco Athletes who served in the Great War

Saturday. September 23rd 11a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

 
The Massey House 


Open on Sunday 24 September 2017 from Noon to 3 p.m.

The 1696 Thomas Massey House is one of the oldest English Quaker homes in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is a 2-story brick and stone house, originally constructed by the English, Quaker settler, Thomas Massey in 1696.

In addition to the usual programming they will also be featuring information about the family who lived in the house during the World War 1 years, and a blacksmith working forge. Blacksmiths were still very much part of Delaware County life during World War.


470 Lawrence Rd.
Broomall, PA 19008



Lazaretto Station

One stop with three presentations
Saturday 23 September 2017 10AM-4PM
Sunday.   24 September 2017. Noon-3PM


1. The Lazaretto (Chandler Field during WWI)
 presented by the Friends of the 1799 Lazaretto Interpretive Museum

2. Hog Island Shipyard

presented by the Tinicum Township Historical Society 

3.Corinthian Yacht Club (yachts were used as Section Patrol Boat roles throughout the War), presented by the Corinthian Yacht Club Historical Society

Presented through the both days over the weekend, Rain or Shine


99 Wanamaker Avenue


 Delaware County Veteran’s Memorial
Drive through Saturday, Sept 23th and Sunday, Sept 24th all day.


4599 West Chester Pike
Newtown Square, PA 19073






 

Chichester Meeting House (self guided drive by or walk)

Lewis E Ingram served with the  242nd Ambulance Corps in WW1 as part of the 11ths Sanitary Hospital. As a Quaker he served as a non-combatant on the Western Front, and was most likely an ambulance driver or an orderly.

Ingram, Lewis E. born in Easttown, Chester Co. in 1896. His birth is recorded in Volume 1 Page 121 Birth Records. Chester County, Pennsylvania Archives and Records.http://www.chesco.org/index.aspx?


Widener University Drive-by 

World war one memorial at entrance to Widener University then named Pennsylvania military college who’s students and alumni served with distinction during World War I .

Routes 320 and 352
 

Pennsylvania Veterans Museum

Saturday, Sept. 23 and Sunday, Sept.24
Noon-5PM Sat and Sun for tour 





Lecture and Tour at former 3rd Presbyterian Church


Open House 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
420 East Ninth & Potter Streets, Chester, Pa 19013

Come enjoy a tour & talk about the former Third Presbyterian Church

Come step into the past to hear the CHPC’s vision for the future of this beautiful Gem in Chester, Pa. The former Third Presbyterian church in Chester, Pa was a recently acquired by the Chester Historical

Preservation Committee in  September of 2015. It is the CHPC’s goal to totally restore this beautiful architectural marvel.  During WWI the Third Presbyterian Church offered support and provided a moral compass for the residents of the City of Chester.  The Church  was there to lend moral support  to the families of young men and women who served in the Great War.



World War I Living History & Encampment

Thunderbird Lodge in Rose Valley
109th Infantry, Company L
28th Division, Pennsylvania National Guard

Saturday, September 23rd
Noon until 6pm

Thunderbird Lodge
41 Rose Valley Rd
Rose Valley, PA 19063

Chester Rural Cemetery
The Chester Rural Cemetery was established in March 1863 to serve the needs of the rapidly growing city of Chester, PA and the surrounding Delaware County area.

Among the first interments were Civil War casualties, from both sides of the conflict, from the US Government Hospital located across the street on what would later become the campus of Crozer Theological Seminary and Crozer Chester Medical Center. Many of these casualties were removed on October 28,1891 to Philadelphia Soldiers' National Cemetery in Philadelphia, PA. Some of the confederate soldiers were later taken home by their families for burial. The records of all, however, have been preserved in the archives of the Cemetery.

Chester Rural is Delaware County's only example of the rural or landscaped cemetery built in the days before public parks and as such it was a popular destination for a Sunday afternoon outing as late as the early part of the twentieth century. Its curved walkways and driveways, and rolling hills and valleys were landscaped with a variety of specimens of the area, and until the mid 1950's a focal point was the acre-and-a-half lake, bordered by dogwoods and home to geese, ducks and water lilies.

Spanning over 36 acres and 152 years, Chester Rural is still in full operation and is the final resting place of over 31,000 individuals. Careful records have been kept over the years and, in some cases, family information has been added by visitors researching their ancestors.


Members of the 7th NJ and 186th PA living history groups will be standing Honor Guard at the Chester Rural Cemetery Soldier Circle

10AM - 5PM on Saturday and Sunday Noon - 3PM

September 23/24 2017 at the WW1 Memorial
living history groups will be standing Honor Guard at the Chester Rural Cemetery Soldier Circle 



Collingdale Park- 500 Lincoln Avenue, Collingdale

Saturday, September 23rd
“Day of Remembrance”- Collingdale Historical Society Event starts at 10 am with a brief message about the Collingdale WWI veterans. There will be two walking tours.

The first one will be at 10:30 am at Collingdale Park- The north side of Collingdale and memories of Collingdale landmarks from WWI. (This walking tour will briefly touch on Aldan with a stop at their museum at the corner of Providence Road and Woodlawn Avenues.) The Glover family and the Beatty family will be represented during this walking tour through the north side of Collingdale. The walking tour length is about an hour and half.

The second walking tour entitled “Leland Brown’s Collingdale” is a walking tour of the south side of Collingdale heading towards Darby. This walking tour will start at Collingdale Park at 1:30 pm. Highlights of this walking tour include the site of Pusey Avenue Elementary School and the site of Ann Pusey's house. (One of the oldest residents in Collingdale and was the granddaughter of one of the settlers in the area.) Those who wish to go to Eden Cemetery for their walking tours will be in walking distance from the cemetery.

Collingdale Park activities will only be on Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm.

THIS IS A "SHINE" EVENT.

Eden Cemetery -1434 Springfield Road, Collingdale


Saturday and Sunday, September 23rd & 24th from 11a.m. to 1 p.m.

In Memoriam
The colored soldiers of Pennsylvania who
fought and died in France 1917-1918 that liberty,
equality and fraternity be established in all nations
and among all people.
The entry for the tour is the Bartram Avenue and Springfield Road entrance which is adjacent to
Mt. Zion Cemetery.

The tour will highlight the participation of African Americans during World War 1 and include
viewing the grave sites of some of the World War 1 Veterans buried in the Celestine section.
The tour will conclude at the World War 1 Colored Soldiers Memorial.

Richard White from the African American Museum of Philadelphia will be conducting the tours.

The main entrance to the cemetery will be opened 10 am - 4 pm on Sat. and Sun. for anyone wishing
to visit the World War One Colored Soldiers Memorial located at the main entrance to the cemetery.

I suggest adding the following: to wear comfortable walking shoes and to be aware that the ground
is uneven.


THIS IS A "SHINE" EVENT.

Darby, Saturday, September 23rd

Darby Free Library
Darby Free Library - 1001 Main Street
Location: 1001 Main Street
Theme: Darby's WWI Legacy and Legends
Darby Free Library will be celebrating their 275th year as a library. The library has been in continuous use since 1743.

The library opens at 10 am (normal time) with tours of the library starting at 11 am. Poppy making activities for children of all ages will be ongoing throughout the day until 4 pm.

Darby Historical Commission

John and Jan Haigis will be conducting walking tours in Darby with an emphasis on Darby's transportation history. All tours start at the Darby Free Library. The first tour will be at 11 am. (The walking tours are a "shine" event.) Participants in the walking tours will get an eye opening experience discovering new things about Darby during WWI.

Theme: Darby’s WWI Transportation Legacy

Darby VFW on Main Street
Darby VFW
816 Main Street
Theme: Darby's WWI History and Reflections
Time: 10: pm to 4 pm

John Haigis will begin with a program at the Darby Free Library beginning at 10:00 AM followed, by a Walking Tour of Darby with special attention to the legacy of the War in Darby including the start of John Drew's jitney service, the beginning of the American Friends Service Committee, John Drew's concerns about the Gold Star Mother's Pilgrimage, and the role of Darby trolleys bringing people to their work at Sun Ship, Hog Island, and other industrial sites. He will finish at VFW Post 598 at 816 Main Street to see their collection of WWI and other memorabilia. From 1:30 to 2:30, Jan and I will be singing songs of the era at the VFW Post and remembering the profound impact the War to End War had on Darby, the County, and the nation. The program is free and Council and residents are welcome to join in the festivities.

Aldan, Saturday, September 23rd

The Aldan Historical Museum will be open from 10 am to 2 pm. Visitors are welcome to stop by and learn more about Aldan's involvement in the Great War. (Collingdale's first walking tour's last stop will be at the museum.) The museum will be open “rain or shine”.

Lansdowne Walking Tour
Lansdowne and World War I
Saturday September 23, 2017

11:00 – 12:30
Led by Lansdowne resident and local historian Matt Schultz.

Meet at the Lansdowne World War Monument
(located at the south end of Penn Wood High School)

Tour ends inside the First Presbyterian Church of Lansdowne
(Lansdowne and Greenwood Avenues)


FREE OF CHARGE—Rain or shine

Sponsored by Destination Delco and the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation




Brookhaven WW1 Memorial

Saturday September 23 2017
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

 
Across from the Brookhaven Community Center
2 Cambridge Rd, Brookhaven, PA 19015

Brookhaven American Legion Post honors the men and women who served in WW1.





Smedley Park, Springfield

The Cardinal Dougherty Assembly of the Knights of Columbus Color Corps  will have a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the WW1 Monument at the entrance to  Smedley Park on Saturday Sept 23 at 10:30 a.m. 

Nether Providence Historical Society

The Nether Providence Historical Society will have a display of Mr. Von Byre’s diaries and other artifacts from his service in the American Ambulance Corp in Italy during WW1.  We will have some information about other local residents who served in that war. 

The display, on the dining room table, will be at the Thomas Leiper House, 521 Avondale Rd., Wallingford.  The house will be open Saturday, Sept. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 24 from noon to 3 p.m.  The phone number at the house is 610-566-6365.

Radnor World War One Monument - Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday noon to 2:00 p.m.

Eugene Hough will be on site at the Radnor WW1 McKenzie Memorial wearing his WW1 Cavalry uniform.  Representing Saving Hallowed Ground as the Monument Education Preservation Field Specialist, he has each year provided conservation services on the monument and also conducted hands on conservation clinics with students on the monument itself.

Gene will talk to people about  interpreting  the wonderful images of the Doughboys featured on the monument and also about my unit the First City Troop that served in the Great War at a remount facility in Georgia, on the Mexican boarder searching for Pancio Via.

Gene will have maps, books and other assorted static display items to share.




Valley Forge Military Academy

VFMAC will be available as a stop of the tour on Saturday, September 23 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. ONLY.

(CLICK ON MAP TO ENLARGE) Please direct participants to 1001 Eagle Road, Wayne, Pa. 19087 and ask them to enter and park at the Parade Field which is located on Eagle Road Established in 1928, Valley Forge Military Academy & College (VFMAC) is an international leadership institute comprised of a middle school and college preparatory high school for boys and a co-ed two-year college, each accredited by the Middle States Commission. Located in Wayne, Pa, VFMAC offers boarding, commuting, and day options. The campus environment is defined by the application of a military model that prepares students to lead and inspire others beyond graduation in a complex and competitive global environment. At VFMAC, students are immersed in a unique educational experience anchored on five cornerstones: academic excellence, character development, personal motivation, physical development and leadership. These cornerstones are the foundation for cadets reaching their academic potential to achieve success in the classroom and beyond.
 

Tour of 2SP Brewery 


Delco’s own 2SP Brewery is the Official Brewery for World War One Delco's “Dance for Democracy” and the "Last Stop" on the All Delco World War One Tour on Saturday and Sunday September 23/24 2017.

For more info: www.2spbrewing.com





MORE Poppies are Blooming - Send Us Your Photos

We have a new form online to keep track of the poppy gardens planned in Delco. Just CLICK HERE for our form which allows you to UPLOAD photos of your planting location and keep track of the progress of your poppies as they bloom.

Here are some recent photos of photos sent to us:
Even in September, Carol Miglaccio's poppies continue to bloom nicely.
These Flanders Poppy pictures are from Holmes Presbyterian Church. They were planted by Elaine VanGeyten, Master Gardener

Carol Migliaccio: “Poppy garden surrounds the Purple Hyacinth Running Bean vine on the fence. The vine was first started in the United States by  Thomas Jefferson in 1812. A fitting combination for those who have served our Country.”

(left) Paddy’s Poppies seem very happy in August. Started indoor in March, they took a while to take hold when planted outdoors in early May. They keep growing larger and have larger blooms, and have many buds for future blooms. (right) Tom, Lowy of Wayne planted seeds in a pot by his back steps and never expected them to take hold and bloom. These are two shining examples of his effort.
(top – from a note to the Master Garderners) “These flowers were directly sowed in the ground. I had planted two packets of seeds at two different times. And a month ago saw one little poppy taking hold. Suddenly this one small sprout grew up. Over the weekend it had one bloom and two other buds. Today it is covered with blooms and many more to come. It was the hope of Council that plantings seeds in May would yield a crop in July. Well, there prayers were answered. I am so excited that I called Delaware County Council as well as the Daily Times and Town Talk. I hope someone will get a picture of these beauties for news.  We'll see.You promoted this venture so I hope you will enjoy my success as much as I am.” Elaine VanGeyten,   (Bottom left) Poppies planted in Melkmar in Berwyn. (Bottom right) Paddy's Poppies in Radnor.

Delaware County Council at Penn State Brandywine Campus Poppy Field

(top left) Bill Tyson at Poppy Garden at Penn State Brandywine Campus. (middle left) “This year we cut down the big holly tree out front - yes, i won that ongoing battle because Joe just could not keep trying to trim it the way he wanted - and certainly nobody else could (or would).  Anyway, the tree came down and the seeds went in.” Elaine and Joe Petner–Upper Darby. (middle right) “I planted two boxes in honor of my grandfather's WWI military to Canada. R.I.P. Robert Henry Hillyard, 94 Argyll Highlanders.” Ginny Davis

(left to right) 1. Another View of the World War II marker in Collingdale  Poppies in bloom on the patio of the Master Gardeners office at Smedley Park  3.  Corrin and Tore Fiore’s dog watching over the poppy blooms at their home in Media.

Send Us Your Pics...

Barbara Moody from Aston shown at World War One Monument at Smedley Park in Springfield. (Photo by George Rothacker)
...in remembrance of all who served from Delco in World War 1.

The World War One Delco Centennial Committee hopes that residents of Delco will all participate in the “remembrance.” So we’ve come up with a way to enable anyone with a computer and printer show  support.
Click on image above to access printable file
  1. Click on the poppy image at left to access the “large photo” of the poppy painting.
  2. Print the image from your computer at the largest size possible for your printer.
  3. Find an historic property in Delaware County.
  4. Stand in front of the building or monument and hold the poppy print so that you, the print and the monument are all in view.
  5. Take a second photo of the building or monument by itself.
  6. Complete the information on the form below and upload your photos.
  7. Check back on this website frequently until you view your photo on our “Send in your Pics” page.

Larry Smalley Art Records and Pays Tribute to War Heros of Lansdowne, Delaware County


Larry Smalley, a former Police Officer, American Legion Officer and “Artist about Town” displayed his latest artwork at the Media Arts and Crafts Festival on Sunday, June 11. Larry’s efforts in oil earned him a first prize ribbon in the Oil and Acrylic category.

For years now, this homegrown and trained painter, who works in an “American regional” style has captured his hometown theatre (Lansdowne) and buildings, landscapes and people throughout Delaware nd Chester Counties in his own distinctive way.

Larry is not a stranger to success, and is the real article in all he does, from his career as a patrolman with the Lansdowne Police Department, his service in the military, and  his duties as commander of  Lansdowne American Legion Post 65.

His latest artistic creation depicts the World War One Monument that honors Lansdowne High School students and Lansdowne residents who died while serving in the military during World War I. On left side he gives homage to those who lost their lives, while the right hand side depicts current Legion members honoring them at a Memorial Day celebration.

The granite Beaux-Arts style monument, designed by Lansdowne resident Clarence Brazer, was constructed in 1921 and restored in 1998 by those who believe the ultimate sacrifice of these people and their families should never be forgotten.

The large shields on the monument are those of the allied forces. The smaller insignias represent the branches of the United States military. The eagles represent the United States and its role in securing peace around the globe.

Lt. Albert Clinton Wunderlich, U.S. Army, the first of these soldiers to die, fell at the Battle of Montfaucon.