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July 7, 2011


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Local Groups File Zoning Board Appeal Challenge Against Chelten Plaza

Months of community concerns and challenges reached a new level on Wednesday, July 6 as several Germantown groups announced the planned filing of an appeal with the Zoning Board of Adjustment against permits issued as part of the ongoing construction of what has been named Chelten Plaza by its developer Pulaski (Pulasky) R E Partners LP.


Man Arrested in Germantown Bar Shooting

By Bob O’Brien

Staff Reporter


Police arrested a man June 29 in connection with a shooting that took place inside a southern Germantown bar during the early hours of June 26. The suspect is accused of letting loose a volley of shots through a glass door and into Genesis Tavern at 4421 Wayne Avenue that left one dead and five more wounded.


Bowman Properties Project May Redefine Chestnut Hill Center

by Tracie Johnson

Staff Reporter


Serving as the hub for the all- inclusive shopping experience, Chestnut Hill affords consumers a variety of exceptional and unique shopping all conveniently placed on one strip. With an aesthetically pleasing and welcoming backdrop of residential and commercial properties, the aura of Chestnut Hill exudes very warm and familial vibes that consumers find rather comforting.  Bowman Properties, a real estate management property, owns about 50 buildings in Chestnut Hill and has been leasing property and adding to the ambiance of Chestnut Hill for about 30 years.


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Local Groups File Zoning Board Appeal Challenge Against Chelten Plaza

Months of community concerns and challenges reached a new level on Wednesday, July 6 as several Germantown groups announced the planned filing of an appeal with the Zoning Board of Adjustment against permits issued as part of the ongoing construction of what has been named Chelten Plaza by its developer Pulaski (Pulasky) R E Partners LP.


Filing the appeal is Yvonne B. Haskins Esq, attorney for Appellants West Germantown Neighbors, Inc, The Greater Germantown Business Association, Inc, Liberation Fellowship Community Development Corporation, Historic Germantown Properties and S & T Enterprises LLC.


Six permits have been issued as recently as June 8, 2011 as a sequence of events beginning with zoning, redrawn lot lines, interior demolition of existing building, demolition of another existing building and new construction have started on this key center Germantown intersection at Chelten and Pulaski Avenues.


Substantial neighborhood opposition to both the failure of local leadership and the developer to discuss plans in advance of groundbreaking, and the nature of what has been designed as the completed project have brought record turnout to community meetings and created several entities in opposition to the project, a combination of some of them appear as the Appellants in the matter submitted to the ZBA.


The detailed attachment to the petition outlines its position that the developer failed to properly identify uses for part of the development; uses it is claimed are prohibited as defined in Special District Controls. The appeal challenges the use of language designed to misrepresent intended use.


The appeal challenges L & I decisions on both procedural and substantive grounds providing detailed supporting data claiming both representations previously made by the developer and what is described as omissions that it was legally obligated to describe.


Licenses and Inspections is challenged by the petition that contends it did not obtain necessary information to evaluate whether what developer was requesting was in compliance.


Details of what is and what is not a “Dollar Store” and how that differs from a “Retail Grocery Store” are discussed at length in the petition.  Standing zoning overlays in the Germantown business corridor prohibit, among other things, “retail sales of variety/general store merchandise in Lower and Central Germantown”.


The petition expands into protection of the economic vitality of the area and refers to the historical significance of the location and its access to existing rail and multiple surface transit routes as contributing to the need for a more comprehensive Transit Oriented Development as a potential source of business.


Once filed as public record, a complete copy of the petition will be posted on the website of Germantown Newspapers Inc.


Man Arrested in Germantown Bar Shooting

By Bob O’Brien

Staff Reporter


Police arrested a man June 29 in connection with a shooting that took place inside a southern Germantown bar during the early hours of June 26. The suspect is accused of letting loose a volley of shots through a glass door and into Genesis Tavern at 4421 Wayne Avenue that left one dead and five more wounded.


The suspect, identified as Wayne James of the 1000 block of Wagner Avenue of Logan, was served a warrant and taken into custody by armed U.S. Marshalls around 8 AM on June 29. He faces one charge of first degree murder and five charges of attempted murder.


Shortly after the incident, police released surveillance tapes of inside and outside of the bar that clearly show all activity that took place. These tapes helped lead to the anonymous tip that resulted in James’ capture.

According to police officials in the 39th Police District, in which the Genesis Tavern is located, the suspect returned with a gun shortly after being ejected from the bar at around 12:45 AM for smoking after a bouncer had previously informed him smoking was not allowed.


Surveillance tapes show James’ having words with the bouncer and jumping around before running off. The tapes also show him running up to the entrance of the bar about ten minutes later, while patrons outside the bar run away.

All six individuals who incurred injury were patrons of the bar. Carl Sharpner, 43, of North Philadelphia was killed in the gunfire. According to his fiancé, he was due to be married on August 27.


Except for Sharpner, all other patrons wounded in the gunfire survived, including a 46-year-old woman who was shot in the stomach, a 33-year-old man who was shot twice in the back, a 36-year old man who was shot in the legs, a 20-year old woman who was shot in the arm, and another woman who was grazed by flying glass.


Bowman Properties Project May Redefine Chestnut Hill Center

by Tracie Johnson

Staff Reporter


Serving as the hub for the all- inclusive shopping experience, Chestnut Hill affords consumers a variety of exceptional and unique shopping all conveniently placed on one strip. With an aesthetically pleasing and welcoming backdrop of residential and commercial properties, the aura of Chestnut Hill exudes very warm and familial vibes that consumers find rather comforting.  Bowman Properties, a real estate management property, owns about 50 buildings in Chestnut Hill and has been leasing property and adding to the ambiance of Chestnut Hill for about 30 years now.


Recently there has been a buzz around Chestnut Hill largely due to one of Bowman Properties’ new investments, which is a supermarket to be built where the Old Magarity Ford Dealership used to be. When local business owners gained knowledge of the new business plan and pending development, a mixed flow of feelings began to sprout.


Some local business owners were exhilarated while others were a little more hesitant, which spiked the question of whether this mix reception was about the age old battle of traditionalism versus modernism, or the threat of competition.

There have been logistical concerns from local business owners regarding zoning change, clustering traffic, overdevelopment of the avenue, etc, which are inquiries to be expected in the implementation of a new business plan. But even more delicate than said logistical issues, the question arises of whether the big fish will swallow the little fish.  Local business owners are unsure of whether a small co-op like Weavers Way, a community owned market, can fairly compete with the proposed Fresh Market, a larger operator with 100 stores and food being shipped in from North Carolina.


John Ingersoll, President of the Chestnut Hill Parking Foundation and co-owner of the Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop says, “I’m a firm believer in all ships rising in a rising tide” which is an aphorism used often to describe the rather utilitarian view that new developments and improvements will help all parties involved become more economically sustainable.


The general idea and meaning behind this aphorism was shared by more of the local business owners than less.  Ingersoll looks upon the new development as a form of free enterprise, which is another fairly shared view of the Fresh Market along the hill.  Slightly to the contrast there are some hill members with a little more concern regarding the security and prosperity of smaller and locally owned food markets.


“I am happy to see any storefront be occupied… it’s very important to keep as many stores here occupied as possible… I think it’s a good idea, I am concerned that it’s going to affect the farmers market as well as possibly Weavers Way… competition is a good thing, it’s just that it might hurt other people on the hill… however I hope that they succeed” says Bill Shields, one of the three owners of El Quetzal. 


John O’Connell, real estate businessperson and Democratic Prtyward leader in Chestnut Hill, lent his perspective, saying, “A little bit of competition is good… I don’t think it’s going to have a negative impact on Weavers Way. Weavers Way is a very specialized type of market for people whose diets and lifestyles demand that kind of supermarket, but it’s not for everybody. Not everybody can afford to shop there, so it’s important that we have a more traditional supermarket where prices are somewhat lower. So I think the two will coexist nicely.”


In harmony with O’Connell, Georgia Doyle, owner of Artisans on the Avenue, says, “The co-op is really great but it’s smaller and a little more focused on certain kinds of foods and it’s not a full market. So, it will be nice to have a full market”.


There were certainly more people in favor of the new development than not, but the projected concerns did not go unnoticed.  For some local business owners the fear out the smaller food markets were not compelling enough arguments to go against the proposed Fresh Market, while  for others it was enough to cause a certain hesitancy and delayed acceptance.  The prevalent and most protruding word that seems to be used by everyone is change and it’s arguable of whether that’s where the real controversy lies. 


O’Doodle’s Toy Store owner and President of the Chestnut Hill Business Association, Fran O’Donnell says, “With the changing times, the proposed use for a food store and additional retail as well as the residential component, I think will be very good for the neighborhood. It’s a huge project and it will impact the avenue and the residents as well but if you look holistically at the big picture I think it will benefit everyone. 


So far as the immediate perception, O’ Donnell says “There was a very a good presentation done at Chestnut Hill Hospital and when Ron Pete of the Chestnut Hill Hotel asked who all were in favor of the new development, I’d say better part than half the room maybe 60-70 percent had their hands up”.


Glenn Bergman, Co-op General Manager of Weavers Way, would agree with Ingersoll’s view of the new development as free enterprise, he would also agree with O’Connell’s and Doyle’s point that Weavers Way does meet the particular needs of its consumers being that it is a community-oriented food market with core values rooted in the wants and needs of local community members. Bergman would also agree with Shields who has acknowledged the potential that the Fresh Market has to put smaller and locally owned markets like Weavers Way and the Food Market out of business.


“I think that there is going to be some more green space and the amount of investment for tenants and housing will be really good. It’s the largest square footage market on the retail whole avenue from the top of Germantown Avenue all the way down to Broad Street. I don’t think there’s a large store besides the ACME, so I think it’s too large. Bergman continues, “We just opened up here so our feel is it would be nice if it was a 5,000 square foot market which would be more in line with the community size but something that’s 16 to 20,000 square feet is a little excessive.


“It’s important to Bowman properties to make sure that whatever we do is going to add commercial and aesthetic value”, says  Jessica Orso, leasing agent for Bowman Properties, addressing the questions and skepticism regarding the aesthetic make-up of the market.


Orso continues, “We’ve worked very hard to make this design integrate with what you see in Chestnut Hill now.  Instead of being the typical supermarket with an enormous parking lot and the building set off into the background for the convenience of shoppers, this whole thing has been changed around to fit into the scale of Chestnut Hill. So instead of the parking, we’re going to have a drive-way called Market Lane, it’s going to be landscaped and modeled after some of these smaller sized streets in Chestnut Hill”.


Centralization was also a driving factor in Bowman Properties to build the Fresh Market at that site.


“We think that the site is absolutely pivotal for the hill. People get the impression when they’re driving or shopping that retail is healthy and it is to a certain extent. However, the top of the hill is obviously more heavily trafficked than the lower hill. This site being right in the middle of the avenue and the commercial corridor is going to bring a lot more traffic and will balance things out between the top of the hill and bottom of the hill disparity” says Orso.


O’Donnell lends credence to this view by saying, “This is going to put an anchor in the center of Chestnut Hill… so we won’t have a separation between the upper and lower hill, we’ll all be in unison”. 


Orso also addresses the concerns regarding the economic hit local food markets may take due to the new development saying, “People who love the Farmers Market, or love Pathmark, or love Weavers Way are still going to continue to go to all of those places but for those of us who need something else and are looking for something different, this is wonderful and the market itself is a family-run organization that is very involved in the communities they serve. So it’s a nice market for Chestnut Hill”.


Bowman Properties has been in contact with neighbors of the site since the very beginning of the project, and feels that it important to address concerns of community members.


Free Poetry Jam Session with Mural Arts


Join Mural Arts at its Poetry Jam Session, a free, interactive, outdoor event celebrating the new Albert M. Greenfield African American Iconic Images Collection, which honors Philadelphia’s African-American history, traditions, and culture. The Poetry Jam Session is on Saturday, July 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Arts Garage, 1533 Ridge Avenue.


Five celebrated Philadelphia-based poets will share commissioned poems inspired by dynamic murals in the Collection.


In addition, participants from the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement (PYPM) will take to the stage to share their poetic craft, followed by an open mic for poets who want to present works based on the Collection.


The Poetry Jam Session will be held outside of The Arts Garage in Francisville, in front of the ARTsolutely Awesome North Philly…Yeah!!! mural, completed in 2007 by renown artist Marcus Akinlana.



DJ Statik of the Illvibe Collective will provide music for everyone to enjoy and light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by PNC Arts Alive, The Albert M. Greenfield Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Engage 2020, Pennsylvania Humanities Council.


FOW Reduces Stormwater Erosion in Wissahickon Valley Park

The Friends of the Wissahickon are making substantial progress on the Wissahickon Stormwater Mitigation and Sediment Reduction Project, a two-year project in partnership with the Natural Resources staff of Fairmount Park, which will reduce sediment, improve water quality, protect drinking water sources, and restore critical wildlife habitat.


This summer, FOW is working on four severe erosion sites on the west side of the Wissahickon gorge: Bluebell Meadow Pavilion; Historic RittenhouseTown; Kitchens Lane White Trail; and Kitchen’s Lane Gully. All the sites carry substantial stormwater volume and sedimentation into the Wissahickon Creek, damaging the riparian and upland habitats in the watershed, and include stormwater gullies and degraded trail corridors. All four projects include any necessary trail repair.


Historic RittenhouseTown Gully Restoration/Trail Re-route. Materials are currently being assembled at the Historic RittenhouseTown Gully Restoration/Trail Re-route. This trail section has stormwater runoff problems where the trail carries flow during storm events. FOW will be shortening the drainage areas along the trail by installing four water bars made of rock at strategic locations and diverting the flow to forested areas.


Bluebell Meadow Pavilion Gully Restoration/Trail Re-route.  FOW is still finalizing permits for the Bluebell Meadow Pavilion Gully Restoration/Trail Re-route. This degraded channel is the result of unmanaged stormwater runoff from impervious parking, roads, and lawns at the top of its drainage area (around Blue Bell Meadow). Although inverts in the road curb allow some drainage into forested areas, the stormwater needs to be better managed in this section of the park to reduce sedimentation to the Wissahickon Creek below.


Kitchen’s Lane Gully Restoration/Trail Re-route. Permits are still being finalized for the Kitchen’s Lane Gully Restoration/Trail Re-route, which involves a closure and re-route of two trails in the vicinity of Kitchen’s Lane. The first is situated across the land’s steep contours near the gully area, and the second is located near the bottom of a forested slope. The poor alignment of these trails has resulted in significant trail erosion and sedimentation into a tributary of Wissahickon Creek. In addition, the second trail has caused extreme downward cutting through the soil profile due to heavy use over the past 20 years. Stormwater Best Management Practices, such as stepped pool sand retention areas, may be used to slow runoff.


Kitchen’s Lane White Trail. Work has already started at the Kitchen’s Lane White Trail, which addresses stormwater runoff from Kitchen’s Lane that has created a small gully leading to an unnamed tributary of the Wissahickon Creek, causing soil erosion and widening of this downstream section of the gully. FOW will stabilize the bank and conclude with complete matting, seeding, and replanting of trees and shrubs.


For both Kitchen’s Lane projects, FOW hired consultant John Crandell, from Enduring Nature Designs. “In the Kitchen's Lane area we will be replacing several paths that fall short of modern standards for environmental impact and sustainability,” says Crandell. “The new routes will address those issues with paths where all of the parks users will find a more enjoyable experience. It's a win for everyone.”


The Friends of the Wissahickon, founded in 1924, is a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining the Wissahickon Valley. FOW works in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to restore historical structures throughout the park, eliminate invasive plant species, monitor watershed management issues, and restore trails throughout the park system with its Sustainable Trails Initiative. FOW’s work protects the Wissahickon watershed and preserves the natural and historical features of this spectacular urban wilderness for future generations. For more information, visit www.fow.org.


HCAPPresents Health Care Film, Discussion

Health Care for All Philadelphia (HCAP) is showing a film and discussion starting at 5:30 at the Coleman branch of the Free Library at 68 Chelton Ave on July 20. The film, "Sick Around the World" shows the various kinds of health care systems that exist in other advanced countries. The U.S. is the only such society that does not make affordable care available to everyone regardless of income.   A discussion about health care reform in this county follows the film.


HCAP is a group that supports the Affordable Care Act passed by the Democrats (which would have been better if the insurance companies had not gotten in the way).  We also want the US to move on to a single payer system.  That term means something like "Medicare For All," and single payer systems save a society a lot of money with the cost paid through  progressive taxation (insurance companies play no part, so there are no profits and no premiums.) HCAP believes that high quality health care is a human right.  Coming to this event will keep you informed on what is a vital issue in your life and in the life of our society.


For more information, call Linda Beckman at 215-242-3849 or send her an email at beckman5@verizon.net.


Historic Germantown Welcomes Hogue as First Executive Director

Historic Germantown announced the appointment of its first ever Executive Director, Barbara Hogue. With a strong background in the arts and nonprofit sector, Hogue has spent most of her career developing cultural strategies for arts organizations. She has served as the Arts Programmer for the Borough of Richmond in London, where she programmed and produced the Richmond Art Festival and the Richmond Dance Festival, and most recently launched her own agency, ARTwork, dedicated to producing events and art projects across the globe and based in Philadelphia.


According to David W. Young, Executive Director of Cliveden of the National Trust and head of the Executive Search Committee, Hogue will bring a fresh perspective to Historic Germantown. "Barbara's work with the Borough of Richmond and ARTwork has given her a background in community collaborations that have real economic impact. We believe Barbara will be able to deepen our connections with the local community and bring more regional visitation to our historic neighborhood."


Hogue is excited about her new position and feels strongly about finding new ways to collaborate as a consortium and address the needs of our community. “Germantown's history spans 300 years. I am eager to find innovative ways to connect that history in a contemporary context with even greater numbers of people, both locally and beyond. Historic Germantown is poised to become the premier tourist destination in Northwest Philadelphia,” Hogue said.


Historic Germantown is a consortium of fifteen cultural and historic sites located in Northwest Philadelphia. For more information about Historic Germantown visit www.freedomsbackyard.com.


July Activities at GJC

Germantown Jewish Centre’s list of July 2011 events for listing in event calendars during appropriate weeks.  Thanks for helping us to get the word out about our unique programming!  If you have additional questions please contact Elana Shaw at  or 215-844-1507 Ext 19.


Kol D’mamah Contemplative Service @ Germantown Jewish Centre

Saturday, July 9, 11 - Noon NEW monthly contemplative Shabbat morning minyan featuring music, breath & learning.  For more information contact Elana Shaw at 215-844-1507, Ext. 19 Hazak Book Group discusses The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson

Wednesday, July 13 @ 10 AM

Join Germantown Jewish Centre’s Hazak group for their monthly book group discussion.  For more information, contact  or 215-844-1507.


Tot Shabbat @ Germantown Jewish Centre

Friday, July 15 @ 6 PM

A monthly program for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers and their families.  Includes singing, puppet shows and stories.  Followed by a simple, catered, delicious meal.  $5 per person (adult & child alike), advanced registration necessary. For more info or to RSVP contact  or 215.844.1507 X19.


Israeli Dancing at Germantown Jewish Centre

Summer Schedule - Wednesdays from 7-9 PM beginning July 13

Over the summer GJC’s Israeli Dance group meets on Wednesday nights from 7-9 PM, July 13-August 10.  Our repertoire consists mainly of intermediate dances, though we always begin with easier, older dances.  There is an emphasis on instruction and review in the earlier part of the session.  We are an informal, friendly group, and always welcome new dancers!  $5 per session.  For more info contact  or 215-844-1507 Ext 19.


Hazak Trip to the National Museum of American Jewish History

Wednesday, July 20

Join members of Germantown Jewish Centre’s Hazak group for a guided tour of the museum.  Space is limited, advanced registration necessary. For more information contact Elana Shaw at 215-844-1507, Ext. 19.


Papercutting: Reviving a Jewish Folk Art (with Mindy Shapiro)

Wednesday, July 20 from 7-9 PM

At Germantown Jewish Centre

Pre-registration required - $18 per person

Papercutting is an ancient art dating back to the creation of paper during the 1st century in China. Jewish papercutting dates to the 14th century. Since the 1970s this craft has been enjoying a revival.  In this workshop you will create a hamsa (good luck charm).  Registration a must by Monday, July 18!  Contact Elana Shaw at 215.844.1507 X19.


Series About Adult Children

The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Senior Services is kicking off its summer programming with a series devoted to the relationship between seniors and their adult children. The series, “You Are Always a Son or a Daughter,” brings experts to the Parkway Central Library to walk older adults through the complex and often-ignored intergenerational issues that affect them as parents.


The series will feature the following programs, which each begin at 11:00 a.m. and will be held in room 108:

July 13: Psychological Issues: Penn clinical psychologist Cindy Baum-Baicker, Ph.D., draws on lessons from her practice to illuminate these complex relationships.


July 20: A Journalist’s Perspective: Journalist and mother Gloria Hochman edited The Age for Change: An E-Book for People 50+, which includes a chapter entitled “Who is this Stranger? Navigating New Waters with Adult Children.” She will speak on related issues.


“Central Senior Services has boasted incredible programming since it opened in 2009, and has always had a strong focus on creating and fostering intergenerational dialogue,” said Siobhan A. Reardon, Free Library President and Director. “This newest series is devoted wholly to that topic, and I’m proud that the Free Library is tackling this important and complicated issue.”


Central Senior Services offers expert computer assistance; large print books; special collections targeted to the needs and interests of older adults; a diverse offering of magazines and newspapers; and the most comfortable furniture at Parkway Central Library.


Central Senior Services is generously funded by a grant from the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation and federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.


For more information on “You are Always a Son or a Daughter,” please call 215-686-5331.


Night Market Comes to Mt. Airy in August

Night Market Philadelphia – the city’s wildly popular food festival – brings Philly’s best street food to Germantown Avenue in Mount Airy this August.


The roving festival, hosted by The Food Trust, will take place on Germantown Avenue, from Sedgwick Street to Mount Airy Avenue, on Thursday, August 4th, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Rain date: Thursday, August 11th). The event will feature food carts and restaurants serving the city’s best ethnic and regional American street eats. In addition, Night Market Philadelphia in Mount Airy will feature local bands and other entertainments.


Night Markets Philadelphia is designed to celebrate the city’s diverse food scene and encourage festival goers to explore their own neighborhood or discover a new one. The Mount Airy event is the third of six planned Night Markets to be held in neighborhoods throughout the city. Night Market Philadelphia events in East Passyunk and University City attracted thousands of food lovers.


“The Night Market events highlight the city’s diverse food scene and supports small local food businesses,” says The Food Trust Executive Director Yael Lehmann. “But most of all, it is a fun, community event. The success of the first two Night Markets showed us that Philadelphia is hungry for this.”


“Mt. Airy USA is excited to be partnering with The Food Trust to host the Night Market,” said Elizabeth Moselle, Director of Commercial Corridor Revitalization at Mt. Airy USA. “This is a great opportunity to showcase our neighborhood to the rest of the city. Mt. Airy is a vibrant, storied community rich with diverse dining options: a perfect venue for the Night Market! We can’t wait!”


This Night Market Philadelphia event is sponsored by Mt. Airy USA and Philadelphia Weekly.  Night Market Philadelphia is hosted by The Food Trust.


More information about this and future Night Market Philadelphia events is available at nightmarketphilly.org.


Fairwold Questers Aid in the Renovation of Morris Arboretum’s Springfield Mills

Springfield Mills at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is a historic place that matters to the Fairwold Chapter of the Questers International Organization.   Members of the Fairwold Questers, an eastern Montgomery County chapter, recently gathered at the Springfield Mills to present a check for $2,000 to Robert Anderson, the Morris Arboretum’s Director of Physical Facilities, for the restoration of the pedestrian footbridge. The footbridge will be restored to its original condition and appearance using historic images from the Arboretum’s archives. Work on the project will begin this summer with an anticipated completion date of this fall.


In addition to providing funding for this project, the Fairwold Questers have also donated volunteer hours to help clean the mill and prepare the mill for tours. Last summer the Questers also celebrated the restoration of all the windows in the mill, a project that was possible with their support. The Questers is an international organization (www.questers1944.org) whose mission is to study antiques and to support historic restoration and preservation.


Springfield Mills is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a “contributing structure” as part of the Morris Arboretum. The National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Questers are partnering to showcase places that matter to the history of our country in a program called “This Place Matters.”  Springfield Mills has been identified as just such a place, deserving of the time, energy and funding that are making the restoration possible. The building contains the most complete original 19th century mill works and machinery of any mill in the area.  It is being restored by the Arboretum with the support of many donors and hard-working volunteers, including the Fairwold Questers. 


The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is located at 100 East Northwestern Avenue in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia.  The 92-acre horticulture display garden features a spectacular collection of mature trees in a beautiful and colorful landscape. The Arboretum includes numerous picturesque spots such as a formal rose garden, historic water features, a swan pond, and the only Fernery in North America. A new permanent nationally award winning exhibit, Out on a Limb – a Tree Adventure adds to Morris Arboretum’s allure by transporting visitors 50 feet up into the treetops on a canopy walk that requires no climbing.  The Morris Arboretum’s new Horticulture Center Complex has received Platinum Level LEED® Certification, the highest sustainability rating of the U.S. Green Building Council. For more information, visit www.morrisarboretum.org


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