New Hope Historical Society – Opening the door to our past with FREE guided tours

Visitors to the Parry Mansion Museum will learn of the town’s wealth of history and culture. A tour provides a trip through time from 1775 to 1900 when our young nation withstood the turmoil of the American Revolution, the Industrial Age and the Civil War.

Benjamin Parry, the first major developer of New Hope, built and operated mills on both sides of the Delaware River, which run in front of the mansion. Come enjoy this home of an astute and successful Quaker businessman and four generations of his illustrious family.

The tour includes 10 impressive historical rooms evoking five generations of American history.

Tours run Saturday and Sunday between 1:30 and 5:00pm from May to November, and all year by appointment for groups of 10 or more. Walking tours of New Hope are also available by appointment. These tours are one hour in length and highlight the town’s most interesting landmarks.

For more info call 215-862-5652 or visit www.newhopehs.org online.

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New Hope Historical Society – Opening the door to our past with FREE guided tours

Visitors to the Parry Mansion Museum will learn of the town’s wealth of history and culture. A tour provides a trip through time from 1775 to 1900 when our young nation withstood the turmoil of the American Revolution, the Industrial Age and the Civil War.

Benjamin Parry, the first major developer of New Hope, built and operated mills on both sides of the Delaware River, which run in front of the mansion. Come enjoy this home of an astute and successful Quaker businessman and four generations of his illustrious family.

The tour includes 10 impressive historical rooms evoking five generations of American history.

Tours run Saturday and Sunday between 1:30 and 5:00pm from May to November, and all year by appointment for groups of 10 or more. Walking tours of New Hope are also available by appointment. These tours are one hour in length and highlight the town’s most interesting landmarks.

For more info call 215-862-5652 or visit www.newhopehs.org online.

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Matthew Wenz awarded scholarship from New Hope Historical Society

 

On April 29th, New Hope-Solebury High School senior, Matthew Wenz, received the 2013 Francis Curley Scholarship from the New Hope Historical Society. On hand to present the award were NHHS president, Dee Dee Bowman, and NHHS Scholarship Committee members, Claire Shaw and Les Isbrandt.

“Matthew Wenz was selected to receive this year’s award on the basis of both his scholastic and community achievements,” said Dee Dee. “In addition, his selection is one that we believe Francis Curley would have agreed with.”

NHHS established the Francis Curley Memorial Scholarship in 2003 to be awarded to a civic-minded New Hope-Solebury High School senior who has displayed excellence in social studies and who is going on to a post-secondary formal education in the field of Social Sciences.

Over the years, NHHS has awarded 11 Francis Curley Scholarships to deserving NH-S seniors.

“The scholarship honors Francis Curley’s many outstanding contributions which fostered a greater public appreciation for New Hope’s unique history,” said Les Isbrandt. “His work in the Historical Society and our community will forever be remembered as an excellent model of how one individual can make a lasting impact. Until his death in 2001, Francis Curley was considered New Hope’s premier historian. After serving in the US Army during WWII, he taught history and social studies at the New Hope-Solebury High School from 1957 to 1980. Francis was a member of the Lambertville and Bucks County Historical Societies and was an officer and director of the New Hope Historical Society. He also taught, as a volunteer, at Delaware Valley College.”

PHOTO CAP: Pictured from left, Les Isbrandt, Claire Shaw, Matthew Wenz, Dee Dee Bowman, and NH-S High School social studies teacher Jon Gonsiewski.

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Tickle your senses at the 20th Anniversary New Hope Historical Society Garden Tour

Mark your calendar for a garden tour that will tickle your senses, provide oodles of inspiration, and simply knock your proverbial socks off. In celebration of New Hope Historical Society’s 20th year of producing garden tours, seven private gardens will be open to the public throughout Bucks County.

This self-guided tour is held one day only, Saturday, June 1st from 10:00am to 4:00pm, rain or shine. Honorary chair Mayor Larry Keller of New Hope is opening his private gardens in town for the event and will also be giving a presentation there at 4:15.

It is the first time his gardens will be open for public viewing. A full color brochure with pictures and description of each garden, map, and easy directions are included with each ticket.

Ticket price is $30 and Garden rewards bags stuffed with gifts and offers from national partners and local sponsors are available to the first 500 ticket holders.

A commemorative bracelet designed and produced by local artist Pearl Mintzer is available at the garden gates for $20. The bracelets have five charms representing the floral theme of the past five garden tours.

New this year are beribboned packets of beautiful note cards featuring a butterfly on a white buddleia plant against a blue sky. A packet of five blank note cards is $10 and can also be purchased at the garden gates.

Visit www.newhopehs.org or call 215-862-5652 to order tickets now. Tickets will be available on tour day at the Parry Mansion Museum, 45 S. Main Street, New Hope.

Proceeds from the tour benefit the Parry Mansion Museum and the Society’s goals for the New Hope community.

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20th Annual New Hope Historical Society Garden Tour 2013

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