Virtual Lecture Series 2022

Zoom, Escape, Learn!

Pennsbury Manor’s Winter Virtual Lecture Series

A Member’s Only Event

Wednesdays at 1:30pm, January 12 – February 23

This winter, Pennsbury Society Members have the opportunity to attend a series of lectures hosted by local museum professionals. These hour-long sessions will be held on Zoom every Wednesday at 1:30pm from January 12 through February 23. Membership levels range from $40 for an Individual Membership to $250 for a Heritage Membership. Explore your options here, and consider becoming a member so you have access to this exciting opportunity.

Schedule of Events Below. Details will be released as they come available.

1/26 • Swedish American Historical Museum / Christopher Malone, Curator
2/2 • New Castle Historical Society / Mike Connelly, Executive Director
2/9 • University of Delaware / Susan Brynne Long, PhD Candidate, American Civilization Program
2/16 • Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library / Deborah Harper, Senior Curator of Education
2/23 • Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks / Mackenzie Warren, Education and Programs Coordinator

Description of Upcoming Lectures:

January 26: Christopher Malone, curator of the American Swedish Historical Museum, will present his talk “Visiting Moravian Bethlehem: Travel and Leisure in a Germanic Town.” Come and learn about the Moravians, a religious community with deep roots in Pennsylvania history.

February 2:
Mike Connelly, Executive Director of the New Castle Historical Society, will discuss how William Penn shaped the city of New Castle, from his first landing in America through to the present day. This talk will include a history of the New Castle Common and the Trustees that manage it, and reflect on Penn’s enduring influence on the state of Delaware. Mike has worked in museum and historic site management since 2004. Before becoming involved with museums and historic preservation, Mike worked in banking and finance for 13 years. Mike also teaches a short course in museum finance and budgeting at the University of Delaware. For fun, Mike plays guitar in two bands, and hangs out at the Irish pub he built in his backyard during the pandemic.

Description of Past Lectures:

January 12: Join Kyle Parks of the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation as he tells the story of the Delaware Valley’s unique connections to Sweden, from the establishment of New Sweden to recent projects illuminating this history. Learn about a storied Swedish vessel (and replica) called the Kalmar Nyckel and the communities formed by the people of New Sweden and their descendants–as well as their pioneering roles in making the Delaware Valley into what it is today.January 19: Join us for a virtual tour of the N. C. Wyeth Studio and to discuss his mural painting, William Penn: Man of Courage, Vision, Action of 1933. The studio, with its spectacular Palladian-style north window, still contains many of the props that were essential to the work of an illustrator, including a birch-bark canoe and a collection of firearms. The tour will be led by Mary Cronin, Dean of Education and Public Programs at the Brandywine River Museum of Art.