A Legacy of Historic Preservation
New volunteers are invited to attend orientation and volunteer training at The Parry Mansion on March 26th at 12pm. Please RSVP. We look forward to seeing you!
Annual Speaker Series to be presented every Monday in April beginning on April 3rd at 5 pm in the auditorium of the Logan Inn in New Hope. This year’s topics include the Revolutionary War, Orphan Trains, Art & Collectables and Bucks County-Past and Present.
William L. (Larry) Kidder will open the series on April 3. After receiving his bachelor's and master's degrees from Allegheny College he taught for forty years in both public and private schools, including 32 years at the Hun School of Princeton. Larry served four years of active duty in the US Navy and was assigned to the US Navy Research and Development Unit, Vietnam and then the destroyer USS Brownson (DD868) home ported in Newport, Rhode Island. In the 1980s he was the lead researcher and writer for the creation of the Admiral Arleigh Burke National Destroyermen’s Museum aboard the destroyer museum ship USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (DD850) at Battleship Cove in Fall River, Massachusetts. Larry will discuss his acclaimed book, “Ten Crucial Days” that portrays the struggles and successes of Washington’s army from the Battle of Trenton to the Battle of Princeton.
On April 10th, author, film producer, publisher, Literary agent, Michael Keene’s most recent work about the plight of homeless Irish immigrant orphans in New York City. In response to this crisis, the age of orphan asylums began, culminating in one of the most improbably and audacious episodes in American history. Called the Orphan Train Movement, it endeavored to save these children lost to the streets by heroes who fought for their liberation. "Abandoned - the Untold Story of Orphan Asylums” will be shown, followed by a discussion via Zoom with Michael Keene, who lives in Boulder City, Nevada. Keene had been a financial advisor for 25 years, before curiosity about the history of Midtown Plaza led him to a new career. He is the author of eight books including his recently published, “New York City’s Hart Island: A Cemetery of Strangers".
Jay Eisenberg is a collector, dealer, and artist, started out in the 1950s first as a collector. Like most kids his age, 5 or 6, he already had lots of lead soldiers, cowboys and Indians, English Dinky Toys, comic books and baseball cards. When he walked home from school with his pants cuffs turned up, he'd fill them with bottle caps, marbles, pennies. etc. whatever he found on the ground. He was hooked! As far as art is concerned, as early as elementary school, he was the kid chosen to draw Santa, the Halloween pumpkin patch, and the Easter Bunny. Getting those accolades at a young age put him on the trajectory of becoming an artist. After that, he never thought of another path. Joinus on April 17th for a lively discussion and presentation of Jay Eisenberg’s eclectic collection of items now ranging from political buttons to automobiles. See some of his brilliant works of art and learn about his career as an artist.
The Speaker Series concludes on April 24 with a discussion by Kathryn Finegan Clark about her popular book, Bucks County Pennsylvania, that explores remnants of the county’s 3330-year history through 191 images and story essays. A graduate of Barnard College, New York City, where she studied writing. She lives in Durham Township. A prize-winning journalist, she began her newspaper career at the Bucks County Courier Times as a staff writer, and later, features editor. Later, she was a reporter for The Intelligencer as reporter and as edition editor. She was senior editor of a national business magazine for six years and has been freelancing since 2002. Kathryn writes features for several magazines and has a bi-weekly column, “By the Way”, in The Bucks County Herald.
Each presentation will be followed by a reception where participants can meet the speakers. Admission is free for members of the New Hope Historical Society. There is a $15 admission fee for non-members of the Historical Society. Reserve to tickets at newhopehlistory.org.
Free to NHHS Members: Please RSVP below
$15 non-member tickets
Daniel Adam Maltz is a fortepianist based in Vienna, Austria. He specializes in the First Viennese School — Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert.
He made his Carnegie Hall (Weill) debut at age 22 and has 50+ tour dates per year as a sought-after soloist, chamber musician, and clinician.
Daniel studied historical performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna.
He refined his command of historical practices through private study with Andreas Staier and Ingomar Rainer.
Daniel is devoted to performing on Viennese fortepianos — utilizing the vast range of tones and colors familiar to the composers. He brings his expertise in the Viennese sound, culture, philosophies, and performance practices of the Classical era to his interpretations.
He also enjoys the 18th-century practice of leading orchestras in concerto and symphony performances from the keyboard, acting not as a modern conductor, but as a leader from within the ensemble.
Daniel hosts Classical Cake, the podcast about Viennese classical music and culture.
Before switching to the fortepiano, Daniel studied privately with internationally-renowned pianists John O’Conor, Gil Sullivan, and Robert Lehrbaumer.
Daniel is a dual citizen of the USA and Israel. He comes from a musical family — his mother is a cellist and his father, a composer, taught him piano and composition starting at age four.
Enjoy Haydn and Mozart’s piano works performed as they intended them to be heard — on a historic Viennese fortepiano in an intimate setting.
During the Classical era in Vienna, composers expected their keyboard music to entertain relatively small audiences in smaller-scale spaces than today’s large concert halls. And, the era’s pianos (known as “fortepianos”) are very different from modern Steinways.
This authentic Fortepiano Recital is a rare historical concert given by world-renowned composer, Daniel Adam Maltz. A once in a lifetime experience, please join us!
Sunday, April 16th at 3pm
Stephen Buck Theater
New Hope-Solebury High School
180 West Bridge Street
New Hope, PA 18938
Thursday, May 4th
at The Parry Mansion Museum Garden
Please join us to celebrate the Parry Mansion Museum’s 50th Season!
• Live music Michael Aranella
• Light dinner fare provided by Landmark Hospitality
• And more!
An afternoon with Benjamin Franklin
Falconry: history & significance flying demo & lecture
Living History Drill Encampment
Coach Tour to Winterthur
June 14, 2023
A stunning mansion featuring the most significant collection of American decorative arts in the world.
A world-class naturalistic garden set within 1,000 acres of rolling hills, streams, meadows, and forests.
A leader in the preservation and study of cultural heritage.
Tickets: NHHS Members $150 ($175 General Public)
Coach Tour Tickets Include:
• DuPont Mansion Tour
• Lecture: Mary Fitz Randolph
• Gallery Tour
• Garden Tour
• Tram access
• Snacks & Water
• Museum/Gift Shop
Saturdays & Sundays 1pm - 5pm May - October
Benjamin Parry is known as the “Father of New Hope”. When he named his flour mill, New Hope Flour Mill, the name, New Hope, later replaced the town’s former name, Coryell’s Ferry in 1837. Parry was a community leader in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries, spurring commerce and industry in New Hope for nearly half a century.
Since its founding in 1958, the New Hope Historical Society has made a significant progress preserving historical and cultural aspects of New Hope.
Efforts that began with the Parry Barn and the Parry Mansion Museum continue to go forward. The furnishings of the 8 rooms reflect 125 (1775-1900) years of decorative changes experienced by the Parry family. Each room represents a different time period during which the Parry’s occupied the mansion. It was the inspiration of Charles Lamar, noted decorative historian and Interior designer.
Since 1966, the New Hope Historical Society has maintained this splendid mansion house museum, the centerpiece of New Hope as a tribute to the American experience.
Discover our fascinating history with a Walking Tour of downtown New Hope!
Take our expertly guided walking tour to see the places and hear the tales that make New Hope such a fascinating place. The tour is approximately one mile long and lasts about one hour. Tours meet at The Parry Mansion Museum. $10 per person.
The New Hope Historical Society has over 500 members from the area and a Board comprised of local business executives and luminaries who care about New Hope's rich history. Membership is less than a night out on the town and the rewards are year long! Please join us!
New Hope Historical Society
45 South Main Street
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