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The Running of the Mill
The Running of the Mill
Craig SanPietro and Ted Bell - Mill Machinery Engineers, Run of the Mill Volunteers

Our engineers and millers will reveal the grist mill’s art and mystery with an emphasis on the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (S.T.E.M.) that make the mill run. For thousands of years mills have turned indigestible grains into flour for our daily bread. Springfield Mills at the Morris Arboretum dates to 1761. Transformations in milling technology are seen here. Recently restored mill stones (and the “great gear”) operate with much of the Oliver Evans-style machinery brought back to life by a decade of restoration. The mill is located directly across from the Arboretum’s main entrance on Northwestern Avenue at Bloomfield Farm. Go through the gate, take the second right and park in the lot where we will meet.

Sunday, October 1
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 01, 2017 at 1:30 PM
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

Introducing the Servants of Compton
Introducing the Servants of Compton
Joyce Munro - Essayist and former Dean of the Graduate School at Chestnut Hill College

Come and meet some of the loyal people who worked for John and Lydia Morris at their country home once known as Compton - now known as the Morris Arboretum. This household workforce made it possible for the Morris siblings to entertain family, friends, and dignitaries in fine style. When the Morrises traveled around the world, this faithful staff was always there to bid them bon voyage and welcome them home. Who were these individuals? Where did they come from? What did they do at Compton? Where did they end up? Dr. Munro will answer these and other questions as she tells the stories of Ellen, Nellie, Jetta, Katie, and other longtime servants who gave themselves to their work wholeheartedly.

Thursday, October 26
4:30 p.m - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 4:30 PM
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

Greenhouse and Fernery Tour
Greenhouse and Fernery Tour
Shelley Dillard -Propagator, Morris Arboretum

Go behind the scenes with Arboretum Propagator Shelley Dillard for a late fall tour of the greenhouse when it is full of overwintering plants. This tour includes a look into the Arboretum’s greenhouses and propagation areas as well as a stop at the Dorrance H. Hamilton Fernery. Don’t miss your chance to come inside these busy buildings that are usually closed to the public, and hear about some of the special plants propagated for both display and research purposes. Shelley will share the history of the Fernery and stories of propagation successes and failures. Check in at the Visitor Center, walk to the Greenhouse.

Saturday, November 4
10:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Saturday, November 04, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

The Morris Legacy: Philadelphia Art Museum
The Morris Legacy: The Philadelphia Art Museum Collections
Anthony Aiello - The Gayle E. Maloney Director of Horticulture, Morris Arboretum

Along with creating the Morris Arboretum, John and Lydia Morris were benefactors to many cultural institutions. One of these was the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where John and Lydia are considered among the earliest and leading benefactors. The best known of their gifts is their treasured collection of 18th century Philadelphia furniture, but they also donated pottery, glassware, and sculpture from their world travels, and from the family home, Cedar Grove. Join us on a private curator-led tour of the Morris objects in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The tour will focus on the American art galleries, but we will also view items on display elsewhere in the museum. Following lunch on the East Balcony, which overlooks the Great Stair Hall, we will have some time to stroll through the galleries on our own. Meet at the Morris Arboretum. Park in the meadow to the left of the entrance road. We will travel by small bus. Lunch and admission are included in the cost of the trip.

Friday, November 10
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday, November 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Attendees: 1 $ 90.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 95.00 ea.

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