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Morris Legacy: Art Museum Collections & Waterworks (March 27, 9:15am-3pm) (Class is Full)
The Morris Legacy: Art Museum Collections and the Waterworks
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, not to mention the family home, Cedar Grove. Members of a distinguished Philadelphia family, much of John and Lydia's wealth came from their family business, I. P. Morris & Company, among the nation's leaders in iron manufacturing, supplying engine and infrastructure components. Their company built much of the equipment used in the Philadelphia Water Works. Join us on a private tour of the Morris objects in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The tour will focus on objects in the American art galleries, but we will also view items on display elsewhere in the Museum. Following lunch at Granite Hill, the Museum's premier restaurant, we will visit the Water Works to tour this fascinating piece of Philadelphia history and gain an understanding of the Morris contribution to Philadelphia's manufacturing past. 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 is included in the cost of the trip.

Friday, March 27
9:15 a.m.-3 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 3/27/2015 at 9:15AM
 
Attendees: 1 $90.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $95.00 ea.

Greenhouse and Propogation Tour (March 28, 10:30am-12pm)
Shelley Dillard
Propagator, Morris Arboretum

Go behind the scenes with Arboretum Propagator, Shelley Dillard for an early spring tour of the greenhouse and propagation areas at the Morris Arboretum. This tour will include a look into greenhouses and 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, stories of propagation successes and failures, and maybe even give you a sneak peak at new upcoming projects. Check in at the Visitors Center, walk to the Greenhouse.

Saturday, March 28
10:30 a.m.-12 noon
Single class scheduled on 3/28/2015 at 10:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.

Behind the Scenes: The Morris Arboretum Archives (April 29, 7-8pm)
Leslie Morris-Smith
Archivist, Morris Arboretum

In a class led by Arboretum Archivist, Leslie Morris-Smith, we will explore the history of the Arboretum through its archives and artifacts. Ledgers, diaries, maps, letters, and even Lydia Morris's cookbook provide us with insights into life at the Arboretum one hundred years ago. For the last 25 years, items from the early days of the estate and its occupants, as well as items from throughout the Arboretum's history, have been collected and conserved. Now they are catalogued, organized, and used by Arboretum staff and researchers. Learn how, in addition to the founders, John and Lydia Morris, the Arboretum was also shaped by a whole host of employees--from Arboretum directors to gardeners and botanists--who have made it the institution we know today. Leslie, in this hour-long overview, will also talk about interesting recent projects in the archives.

Wednesday, April 29
7-8 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 4/29/2015 at 7:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $20.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

Full Moon Garden Stroll (May 4, 7-9pm)
Bob Gutowski
Director of Public Programs, Morris Arboretum

Take this rare opportunity to visit the Arboretum after hours as twilight comes and passes into night. Stroll the Arboretum, go out on the tree canopy, and enjoy the garden in the glow of the full moon. Arboretum educator, gardener, naturalist, and historian Bob Gutowski will be your guide and share his stories. We will gaze at the moon and the sky, observe the plants and creatures, relieve the day's stress, and celebrate the sights, scents, and sensations of twilight as seasons change and the full moon rises in a beautiful place. After the walk we will head into the Arboretum Visitors Center for refreshments. Please dress for the weather. Meet at the Arboretum's Visitor Center.

Monday, May 4
7-9 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 5/4/2015 at 7:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.

Behind the Scenes at the American Philosophical Society's Jefferson Exhibit (May 12, 9am-12:45pm)
The American Philosophical Society is the nation's oldest learned society, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743. On this trip to Center City, we will see APS's current exhibit, Jefferson, Science, and Exploration and take a behind the scenes tour of the Library to see some of their vast and historic collections that complement this exhibit. Thomas Jefferson is best known as the author of the Declaration of Independence and as the third president of the United States. What is not so well known is his lifelong passion for science. His expansive interests ranged from paleontology to botany to climate science. Jefferson, Science, and Exploration highlights objects from the APS collections that place Jefferson within the scientific community of his time, including his portable polygraph, bones of a mammoth excavated in 1806, and natural history watercolors by William Bartram and Titian Ramsey Peale. We will meet at the Arboretum and take a small bus. Park your car in the meadow to the left of the entrance kiosk.

Tuesday, May 12
9 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 5/12/2015 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $45.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $50.00 ea.

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