Championing our History

County Council recognizes efforts to Preserve 'Places That Matter' in Delco

From the ornate ballroom at Ellis Preserve in Newtown Square to an archival history book spotlighting the campus history of Williamson College of the Trades in Middletown Township, Delaware County Council and the county's Heritage Commission applauded efforts of individuals to preserve and promote the county's rich history.

"We all have favorite landmarks that are special to us in Delaware County. Whether it's the Morton Homestead, the Brandywine Battlefield in Chadds Ford, or the Swedish Cabin in Upper Darby, or the old Armory right here in Media… we all have memories of visiting these historic sites and learning what they mean to our county's history," said County Councilman Dave White.

May is national Preservation Month throughout the nation. The theme for national Preservation Month is "This Place Matters," to celebrate all of these landmarks that are meaningful to us and our communities.

"Today, we are presenting a resolution recognizing May as Preservation Month, and we are joining the Delaware County Heritage Commission and our Planning Department in recognizing individuals and initiatives that promote and protect our history," White said.

Preservation is not just about saving history. It's about managing growth, revitalizing our Main Streets, fostering local pride and maintaining the vibrant character of all of our neighborhoods.

"We are pleased to be able to recognize various individuals who are dedicated to preserving Delaware County's landmarks along with the written and verbal history," White said.

A resolution recognizing May as Preservation Month was presented to members of the Heritage Commission, all volunteers who meet monthly and work to coordinate and promote the cultural heritage of our county. The Commission was created by Council in 1977.

The resolution was accepted by A. Richard Paul, chairman of the Delaware County Heritage Commission, Mervyn Harris, Vice Chairman, Judith Anastasi, Jane Carroll, Cyndi Charney, Doug Humes, Barbara Marinelli, Elizabeth McCarrick, Karen Micka, and Francis Murnaghan.

The following Preservation Awards were presented:

  • The Ballroom at Ellis Preserve Newton Township (Site Preservation – Adaptive Use)- Stephen C. Finley, Thomas B. Finley and Tricia Finley.
  • Williamson College of the Trades, by Andrew Miller and Michael J. Rounds (Publication)
  • Historic Newspaper Compilation (Special Program/ Project)- Keith Lockhart
  • Historical Sites in Newton Township Interactive Map (Special Program/ Project)- Catherine Spahr
  • Colonial Day at Middletown Presbyterian Church (Special Program/ Project) – Sharon Reed, Karen Mayer, Linda Fox, Janet Gemsheim and Misti Love
  • Norwood Senior History Aware (Special Program/ Project) – Judy Anastasi, Norwood Historical Society and Board of Directors
  • An American Life & Times: History Tour of Western Delaware County (Special Program/ Project) – Cyndi Charney and Karen Micka
  • Norma M. Winther (Individual Achievement)
  • Dr. Mead Shaffer (Individual Achievement)
  • The Marple Newton High School Centennial Timeline (Youth) – Michael Karpyn, Brian Isselmann, Marple Newton High School Students and Social Studies Department

Heritage Awards recognize preservation efforts

Delaware County Council and the county Heritage Commission recognized several individuals and organizations for their efforts in preserving the county's rich history. Shown at the May 24 Council meeting are, from left Heritage Commission members, Karen Micka, Chair Richard Paul, Vice Chair of Delaware County Council Colleen Morrone, Barbara Marinelli, Judy Anastasi and back row, Cyndi Charney, Council members Mike Culp, Chair Mario J. Civera Jr., John McBlain and Linda Hill, Director of Delaware County Planning Department