A “Thank You” to Our Library and Historical Society Community Partners

Counter display at the Primos Library
From our first meeting with, Brad Dillon, Public Relations & Grants Coordinator for the Delaware
County Libraries we were delighted with his enthusiasm for the World War One Poppy Program and the local history behind the project. Brad worked diligently to inform the individual libraries about the project (a list of participating libraries is included at the bottom of this page). Many libraries are enthusiastic about planting gardens or planters, and others are involved in creating displays of books and materials related to World War One.

Through the process of distributing seeds, we also have leaned of some individual libraries and historical societies who have had, or are planning events pertaining to the Great War.

Haverford Township Free Library

The Haverford Township Historical Society and the Haverford Township Free Library are partnering to bring WWI exhibits and programming to the Township in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I.  The Library was among 50 libraries nationwide selected as a host site for a traveling exhibit World War I and America, a national initiative of The Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.

Library programs have included World War I and American Art, a middle school history club tour of the traveling exhibit, and reading and discussion groups which run through April 23rd.  Topics include:  Why We Fight, Race and WWI, American Women at War, and At Home/Coming Home: The Toll of War.

Haverford Township Historical Society

Members of the Historical Society are currently developing a display to be used at various local events, including the Heritage Festival on June 4th.  A World War I Memorabilia Night is scheduled for Wednesday, April 12th at 7:00 at the Library.  The Society will exhibit World War I artifacts both from the warfront and the homefront, and the public is invited to bring any artifacts they may have to share, as well as oral histories of the World War I era.


Is Great-Uncle George’s doughboy uniform tucked away in the attic?  Are love letters from a hundred years ago a prized family heirloom?  Do you remember a vivid family anecdote from “over there”?  These and whatever treasures you may have from the World War I era are exactly what we’re looking for!  Bring your WWI era memorabilia and stories to the Library on April 12th at 7:00 for a show-and-tell style evening of sharing, listening and learning.  Not sure if your items fit the bill?  Contact the Historical Society at info@haverfordhistoricalsociety.org and we’ll let you know.


Drop me a line at george@rothackeradv.com and I will add your agenda on this post.

Thank you again, to all who are participating.

Places in Delco Planning Poppy Gardens
• Aston Library
• Delaware County Veterans Memorial in Newtown
• Delaware County Historical Society, Chester
• Yeadon Public Library
• Newtown Library
• Primus Library
• Radnor Hotel
• Wayne Hotel
• Rose Tree Tavern (Destination Delco
   Tourist Bureau - Rose Tree Park)
• The Grange in Havertown 
• The Clarion Airport Hotel
• Thunderbird Lodge in Rose Valley
• Massey House in Broomall
• Penn State Brandywine 

• Smedley Park
• Lansdowne Veterans Park
• The Garrett – Williamson Foundation  - Newtown 

• Schoolhouse Center in Folsom
• Smedley Park 
• Triangle Garden of Haverford Green
• Containers lining Eagle Road in Haverford
• Haverford College  at the edge of their meadows in
  the Pinetum area
• Wallingford Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
• Gardens throughout Swarthmore - Swarthmore Horticutural Society
• Third Presbyterian Church, Chester
• Artillary Gun, 14tgh Street & Providence Road, Chester
• 9th Street Garden - Chester
• Old Chester 1724 Courthouse - Chester
  Crozer Library - Chester
• Primus Library
• Yeadon Library 
• Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast in Glen Mills
• Elwyn
• Williamson College of the Trades
• Neumann University 

Places OUTSIDE Delco Planning a Delco Poppy Garden
• Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Philadelphia
• Floglietta Plaza (Korean Memorial Park) - Philadelphia

Poppy Seed Distribution Centers

Destination Delco Tourist Bureau
1501 N. Providence Road
Media, PA 19063                      610-565-3679

Master Gardeners of Delaware County
Penn State Extension Offices
20 Paper Mill RoadSpringfield, PA 19064              610-690-2655

Aston Library
3270 Concord Rd.
Aston, PA                                  610-494-5877 

Collingdale Public Library
823 MacDade Blvd. 
Collingdale, PA 19023             (610) 583-2214

Haverford Township Free Library
1601 Darby Rd. 
Havertown, PA 19083              610-446-3082  
(as of March 9) 

Middletown Free Library
21 N. Pennell Road

Media, PA 19063                      610-566-7828

Neumann University
1 Neumann Dr, Aston, PA 19014     610-459-0905

Newtown Library
201 Bishop Hollow Rd.
Newtown Square, PA 19073   610-353-1022

Primos Library
409 Ashland Ave.
Secane, PA 19018                    610-622-8091

Ridley Library                        610-583-0593
Ridley Township Public Library
100 MacDade Blvd, Folsom, PA 19033

Upper Darby Libraries 
Sellers Branch | 76 South State Road | Upper Darby , PA 19082
Municipal Branch | 501 Bywood Ave. | Upper Darby , PA 19082
Primos Branch | 409 Ashland Ave. | Primos , PA 19018

Yeadon Library
Longacre Blvd & Arbor Rd.
Yeadon, PA 19050                   610-623-4090

Clarion Philadelphia Airport Hotel
76 Industrial Hwy, Route 291, Essington, PA 19029
844-433-0851   (As of March 7)

Wolff’s Apple House & Garden Center
81 S Pennell Rd, Media, PA 19063
610) 566-1680  (As of March 6) 

Linvilla Orchards
137 Knowlton Rd., Media, PA 19063
(610) 876-7116

Radnor Hotel
591 E. Lancaster Ave., St. Davids 19087

Wayne Hotel
 139 E Lancaster Ave., Wayne, PA 19087
(610) 687-5000

Please check back for more locations.

Note: You may request multiple packets or contact Destination Delco for bulk seeds for larger gardens: 610-565-3679