Category: History

New Frontiers for the Lenape Language

One of the students in my Lenape class suggested writing Haiku’s in Lenape. Here’s my first effort, Nkata machi aShekw ahpu wikewaminkAhas. Ntalemi I should want to go homeBut in my house isA crow. I am afraid. We have also been learning subjunctive, conjunctive and subordinate forms of […]

Decline Of The Local Media

The article earlier this week made me notice how infrequent I see stories like the ones I quoted in the news today. A little local story of no great note to the world at large but complete with quotes from those involved who cared passionately about it. I […]

Heather-Lyn Manzi Memorial

I haven’t had much time for historical research lately, but I happened to stop at the bench by the memorial in Houston Park for Heather-Lyn Manzi. From the June 28, 2004 DelCo Times, A memorial honoring a young Nether Providence Athletic Association (NPAA) soccer player who died in […]

Hedgerow Theatre turns 100

WHYY had a nice piece this week marking the 100th birthday of the Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley, The company was founded as a collective by Jasper Deeter, an actor and director who left New York when he felt the city’s theater scene was becoming too commercial. In […]

A Trip to Smedley Park

Its been a while since the last entry in this series, but this week I started looking into Smedley Park, the township’s largest park. Smedley Park was established as a small park known as “The Hemlocks” in 1937 from two tracts of land before soon being named Smedley […]

A Subjunctive Story

My class is closing in on two years of Lenape study, and we’re starting to reach the edges of what’s readily available on the Lenape Talking Dictionary. We’ve been working on subjunctives recently and the two linguistics professors in our class are starting to have to research some […]

Lenape in the News

Local ABC 6 news ran a short segment tonight on the language class I’ve been in. You can read or watch the short segment about Shelley’s attempts to revive the Lenape language here. We were able to meet in the Swarthmore Linguistics department for a rare in-person class. […]

A Walk in the Forest

This week, our Lenape teacher is started a new Lenape class with dozens of new students. My fellow students will be are now teaching assistants. The language is slowing regaining ground. This story is a bit ambitious for the level of Lenape my class is at. Negatives are […]

The Chester Traction Company Strike of 1908

By the time Labor Day was established in 1894, Nether Providence’s industry was largely in the past and it was well on its way to becoming a suburb. But, in 1908 the strike against the Chester Traction Company was fought across Delaware County, including gunfights and explosions in […]

Talk of the Town

Historical newspapers often read like social media. Today I looked at the Chester Times Media Town Talk column, around this time of year. Many of the items are like these from Aug 23, 1895, C. Harry Anderson, of Chester, was in town yesterday seeing his friends and talking […]