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...

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...

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 Last week I was in Gettysburg digging into original historical documents at the Adams County Historical Society and Gettysburg National Military Park for information on my next book, J. Howard Wert’s Gettysburg.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

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 Salvadora persica trees were cut off and ends chewed until the wood...

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...

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...

Iron and Steel Museum recognizes Women’s History Month

Women ran businesses at home, supplied front lines during Civil War By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times Dr. Florence K. Williams presents recreated artifacts to attendees. Items included slippers, a brandy bottle, faurina packets, and lemonade mix, which used the same recipe still used today. COATESVILLE – While men are very often the ones recognized with songs and medals during times...

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...

In Coatesville, pride means diversity, community, resilience

Longtime Coatesville resident updates 1911 poem to express her love for city By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times Longtime Coatesville resident Doris S. Williams wrote an ode to Coatesville, telling about the pride she has in the city and her hopes for its future. Community means identity. In Coatesville, we share spaces, both physical—sidewalks, schools, lines at the grocery store—and...