Chester County Briefly: September 15

Image via West Chester University.

West Chester University

This fall, WCU’s Knauer and John H. Baker galleries will host several showcases of art displaying a broad range of media, materials, and methods both traditional and non-traditional in which contemporary artists work.

Five separate exhibits are planned for Knauer Gallery, which is located inside the Swope Music Building, and E.O. Bull Center for the Arts’ John H. Baker Gallery. Click here to view the schedule.

Regular gallery hours for the Knauer Gallery and the John H. Baker Gallery are Monday through Friday from 9 AM-4 PM. The Baker Gallery is also open Saturday from 12-4 PM. Admission is free.

Bruce Mowday

J. Howard Wert’s Gettysburg: A Collection of Relics from the Civil War Battle, co-authored by noted Chester County journalist and historian Bruce Mowday, has been released by Atglen’s Schiffer Publishing.

J. Howard Wert was a recent college graduate when the armies of the North and South converged near his family’s homestead just three miles outside Gettysburg in the summer of 1863. A militia member and anti-slavery supporter, Wert acted as a guide for Union General George Meade, helping position federal troops in the fields and hills around town. Perhaps more importantly, he collected and labeled artifacts from the battle, including a still-hot Confederate shell that almost hit him near Little Round Top.

After the war, Wert resumed gathering relics of the three-day battle, many given to him by veterans of both sides, including weapons, clothing, letters, furniture, and even items related to Lincoln’s Address. Now, this amazing private collection can be appreciated through more than 120 color pictures and informative text about both the items and Wert’s life.

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Delaware County Community College

Help Delaware County Community College celebrate its golden anniversary! All are invited to the college’s 50th anniversary celebration featuring a community day event, open to the public, followed by a homecoming for alumni and friends on Saturday, Sept. 23. Activities will be offered for people of all ages, including campus tours, games, refreshments, a time capsule burial, faculty demonstrations and more.

The event will be held rain or shine on the Marple Campus, located at 901 Media Line Road in Media.

To mark 50 years of providing educational opportunities to residents of Delaware and Chester counties, the college is hosting a two-part celebration, beginning with community day from 11 AM-2 PM. It will include campus tours, a chance to meet the college’s new president, food and refreshments, games, face painting, balloon animals, an appearance by the Phillie Phanatic, and a performance by alumna Audra McLaughlin, Season 6 finalist on The Voice.

Click here for a full schedule of events. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP, as those who register will be entered to win a free gift card.


A celebration will be held from 12-8 PM on Saturday to promote businesses within the wellness community and also the unique stores in Chadds Ford Village. The celebration will support the village’s newest store, Arden and James, which crafts modern goods from raw materials like woven linen, waxed canvas, vegetable tanned leather, copper, and local beeswax.

BeSoul, a meditation studio in Chadds Ford, and its owner, Sally Young, will be offering a free meditation class at 2 PM. The day will be filled with live local music, yoga, meditation, local food, and local crafted items. The address is 1609 Baltimore Pike in Chadds Ford.

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