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Phila Landmarks: Woodford and Laurel Hill Cemetery
We will start our day with a tour of Woodford, one of the most elegant survivors of the early "summer retreats" built by Philadelphia's well-to-do along the Schuylkill river. This country home was built in 1756 by William Coleman, a Philadelphia merchant, founder of the University of Pennsylvania, and close friend of Benjamin Franklin. Today, this National Historic Landmark is owned by the Fairmount Park Commission, and is furnished with an extraordinary collection of eighteenth and early nineteenth century antiques. After lunch, we will visit Laurel Hill Cemetery. In 1835, John Jay Smith, Laurel Hill's founder, envisioned a permanent, non-sectarian burial place as well as a scenic riverside sanctuary for the living. A 78-acre tract was purchased overlooking the Schuylkill river in East Falls. Laurel Hill was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1998. Some notable burials include Philadelphia leading industrial magnates such as Rittenhouse and Strawbridge, Civil War generals, Titanic passengers, and Arboretum founders John and Lydia Morris. We will leave from the Arboretum by small bus. Park in the meadow next to the kiosk. A picnic lunch is included in the cost of the trip.
Single class scheduled on 10/1/2015 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $80.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $90.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $80.00 ea.

Natural Areas in the Neighborhood
On this trip we will visit two natural areas close to the Arboretum. Our first stop is the Dixon Meadow Preserve at neighboring Erdenheim Farm. The Whitemarsh Foundation has successfully completed construction of this 14-acre wetland and meadow preserve with a newly constructed boardwalk that provides spectacular wildlife viewing. Bobolinks, a relatively rare grassland bird, have been spotted here. Kim Sheppard, Whitemarsh Foundation President, who was instrumental in helping preserve portions of Erdenhiem Farm, will fill us in on the history of the project and Rick Collier, a planner from LandConcepts, will highlight the plantings found here. We will then head to the Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve, a 279-acre oasis of meadows, woodlands, and wetlands nestled among the highly developed suburbs of Blue Bell and North Wales. After more than a century in agriculture, the preserve's fields are being carefully restored. We will walk along the trails with preserve manager Tom Kershner and learn about the re-emerging ecosystem of native flora including warm-season grasses and native wildflowers. We will leave by small bus from the Arboretum. Park in the meadow next to the entrance kiosk. Dress for the weather. Bring your lunch and something to drink.

Friday, October 2, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 10/2/2015 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $50.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $55.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $50.00 ea.

Trip to the Wagner Institute & Lantern Slide Salon
Leslie Morris-Smith
Archivist, Morris Arboretum

We will take a late afternoon trip to visit the collections at the Wagner Free Institute of Science and stay for their third annual lantern slide salon. The salon will be held in the Wagner's unchanged Victorian lecture hall using an original lantern slide projector. Lantern slides were used for entertainment and to illustrate educational programs and courses. This salon will bring together some unique and rarely-seen images. Join us for a rare treat as they revive an old technology in order to see more than six globally significant lantern slide collections drawn from the libraries and archives of Philadelphia's most significant cultural and educational institutions. This program is part of Philadelphia Archives Month that you can check out on-line at http://archivesmonthphilly.com. We will leave from the Arboretum by small bus. Park in the meadow next to the Kiosk. Snacks will be provided during our trip.

Wednesday, October 14, 4-9 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 10/14/2015 at 4:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $80.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $75.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $80.00 ea.

Walking Tour of West Laurel Hill Cemetery
Barry Jeffries
Landscape Architect and Arboretum Guide

Come join us as we explore the historic West Laurel Hill Cemetery and its natural beauty as the seasons change. Located in Bala Cynwyd, Lower Merion Township, overlooking the Schuylkill River and Manayunk, the cemetery's 185 acres are arranged in the "landscape lawn" manner with winding roads and undulating hills accented by distinctive specimen trees. We will examine its compelling landscape history and beauty as well as its stunning architectural treasures. Recognized as a national historic register site, it contains over 275 free-standing family mausoleums, commemorating the lives of many famous Philadelphians. Some notables include W. Atlee Burpee, pioneer seedsman, Anna Jarvis, founder of Mothers' Day, and many late 19th-century industrialists. We will meet at West Laurel Hill Cemetery. Follow the directional signs from the cemetery entrance at Belmont Avenue to the Conservatory/Bell Tower where we will meet. For directions go to the West Laurel Hill Cemetery website at: http://forever-care.com/contact.php

Saturday, October 17, 1-3 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 10/17/2015 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

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