Category: History

Meesink

Coming up is the Meesink ceremony for the Lenape. Meesink is pronounced Me-sing as nk is pronounced as a ng. Meesink is a protective spirit (or creature) that looks after the forest and the Lenape and is often pictured as a sasquatch or bigfoot-looking figure, with a face […]

Review of “Lenape Country”

I emailed the Friends Library at Swarthmore College for resources to learn more about the history of the Lenape in the area and one of the books cited was “Lenape Country: Delaware Valley Society Before William Penn” by Jean Soderlund. The book covers the time from when the […]

The Closing of South Media School

While I was helping in Martha Burton Park recently, Nannette Whitsett told me that the school the park was once attached to was located across the street where there is now a church. In March of 1950 a news story says that local residents were renewing efforts to […]

WSSD’s 50th birthday approaching

Yesterday the Delco Times had a brief piece that 50 years ago Swarthmore residents were suing to stop creation of the new Wallingford-Swarthmore School district. The front pages of the Delco Times fifty years ago spoke of the habits of the Onassisies, the ongoing Vietnam War and Hoffa’s […]

Lenape Practice in the Hills

Another part in my occasional series to put more of the Lenape language on the internet. As before, I am only a beginner, links go to the Lenape Talking Dictionary’s native speakers. This time, I’m going to attempt the x sound, which is similar to a German ch. […]

Historic Bronze Beaver Stolen

The Pennsylvania State Police are asking for help finding who stole a historic bronze beaver and plaque from the intersection of Rose Valley Rd. and Traymore Ln, some time on April 4th or 5th. They had been at that location since 1926. Rose Valley Borough is offering a […]

A Trip to Taylor Arboretum

Today I went for a walk through Taylor Arboretum with its manager, Tom Kirk, who shared great information about the arboretum filling in a lot of what is missing in the newspaper records. What is Taylor Arboretum? Widener University has created a website for Taylor Arboretum with photos […]

Lenape Introductions

In one of the old Delco newspapers in the mid-late 20th century, I saw that for a while they ran a regular column with a few Lenape words. The Lenape were the tribes that lived in this region, as well as parts of Delaware, New Jersey and New […]