Hidden History of Wissahickon in FOW, Chestnut Hill Conservancy exhibit.

Posted 9/20/17

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Chestnut Hill Conservancy ( formerly the Chestnut Hill Historical Society) joined its longtime partner the Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) to mount an …

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Hidden History of Wissahickon in FOW, Chestnut Hill Conservancy exhibit.

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In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Chestnut Hill Conservancy ( formerly the Chestnut Hill Historical Society) joined its longtime partner the Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) to mount an exhibition of iconic historical photos of the Friends housed in the Conservancy archives. Co-curators Alex Bartlett and Giulia Morrone (pictured above) opened of the exhibit on Wednesday September 13 and discussed how they whittled down their selection to the 14 large reproductions that the FOW hallway exhibition space could accommodate. Among the noteworthy photographs are one of African-Americans fishing in the creek across from Wissahickon Hall, formerly an inn but more recently home to a police department district. The bicentennial photo of many revelers parading down Forbidden Drive on Wissahickon Day, some in a covered wagon, stands out because photos of one or two upscale riders were more common.

Photo and text by Brian Rudnick

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