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Friends Historical Society NY Bus Tour

JOIN US for a three-day tour of historic sites relating to Quakers and movements for equality (for Native Americans, African Americans, and women) in upstate New York!

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the 1816 Quaker Meetinghouse in Farmington, New York!

The tour will include:

  • Rochester home of Susan B. Anthony, 19th century women’s rights leader
  • 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse, a center of national movements for equal rights
  • M’Clintock House, home of Thomas M’Clintock (clerk of Genesee Yearly Meeting of Friends), Mary Ann M’Clintock, and their five children, where the Declaration of Sentiments was written in 1848
  • Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Seneca Falls, site of the first women’s rights convention, where Quakers made up the largest single religious group
  • Seward House, home of William H. Seward, Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln, and Frances Seward, Quaker abolitionist and women’s rights supporter
  • Auburn home of Harriet Tubman, the “Moses of her People” and a major underground railroad agent
  • Howland Stone Store, operated by Slocum Howland, Quaker and underground railroad agent
  • North Street Meetinghouse, 1834, Orthodox Meetinghouse and major center of reform movements.Locations in Farmington and Sherwood were so important for reform movements that they are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Farmington Quaker Crossroads Historic District and the Sherwood Equal Rights Historic District.Tour participants will eat dinner Friday evening with Farmington Friends Meeting and have meeting for worship and lunch Sunday with Friends at Poplar Ridge. Costs include bus transportation, housing, several meals, and entrance fees. A tour bus will leave Plymouth Meeting Mall (Plymouth Meeting, PA) 8:00 a.m. on Friday, May 20 and return there by 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 22. Participants are also welcome to join the tour in New York.

Please complete the registration form and send it with your deposit check by February 29 to: Friends Historical Association, Haverford College Library, 370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford PA 19041-1392.

More information: Contact FHA or phone Thomas Swain at (610) 765-1211 or Allen Reeder at (215) 657-8928



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Historic Colora Meetinghouse – CLOSED

Colora Meeting House is closed this year, due to storm damage. We are sorry for the inconvenience, and hope that you will join us for Worship next year.

Canceled: Colora Meeting – 9/20                      2 PM

Take US 1 Bypass into Maryland.  Turn left onto Route 276.  Turn right onto Liberty Grove Road.  At bottom of hill, turn right onto Colora Road.  Meetinghouse approx. 2/10 mile on right.  Enter through stone gateposts.


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Summer 2015 Meetings for Worship at Homeville Meeting –  5/31, 8/30       2 PM

Directions:      Take the US 1 Bypass to Route 896.  Go north on Rt. 896 into the village of Homeville.  Turn left.  Meetinghouse ahead on right inside stone wall.

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July Western Quarterly Meeting, 10:30 am at Mill Creek

Calling all Friends to join together for an inter-visitation & Meeting for Worship at 10:30 am, at Mill Creek Friends Meeting.

Mill Creek is one of the smallest Monthly Meetings in Western Quarter, and our goal for this Sunday in July is to fill the benches with bodies, and the room with our Gathered Spirit. 

Friends are invited to stay for a causal picnic lunch after the rise of Meeting. Food contributions welcome.

A children’s program will be offered. PLEASE CONTACT Robin (youth@westernquarterquakers.org) to register your children, and find out the details.

Volunteers from ALL OVER the Quarter are needed to make this a success. Please contact Sarah at coordinator@westernquarterquakers.org to lend a hand. 

 ** Quarterly Meeting for Worship with attention to Business will begin at 12:30 pm. **

 Click here to see the flyer & schedule

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Summer Worship at Old Kennett Meeting

Meeting for Worship will be held on the last First Day (Sunday) of June, July and August.

Traditional, unprogrammed, silent Worship begins at 9:00 am. All who wish to participate are welcome.

Note: There is no electricity or running water at Old Kennett Meeting. There will be a porta-potty on site. We regret that childcare is not available at Old Kennett Meeting, but children who wish to join the silent worship are welcome.

All Old Kennett Meeting Worship Dates, 2015:

6/28 at 9 am

7/26 at 9 am

8/30 at 9 am

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Local Underground Railroad Research Symposium

The Kennett Underground Railroad Center is hosting a symposium on current research on the UGRR in this and nearby regions.  It will take place on Saturday, May 23, 2015, from 9:30 to 2:30, at London Grove Meeting.  The symposium has been organized by Chris Densmore, Curator of the Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College, and member of the KURC Board.

A Symposium on Current Research on the Underground Railroad in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York

Location:  London Grove Friends Meetinghouse



9:30   10:30               Opening Session: Introduction and Research Roundtable

10:30   10:45               Coffee Break

10:45   12:00               Morning Session

12:00     1:00               Lunch and Poster Sessions

1:00    2:30               Afternoon Session

Speakers/Panelists and Topics (more may be added)

* Dr. Christopher P. Barton, “Archaeological Investigation of Timbuckto (NJ)”

* Tom Calarco, “Secret Lives of the Underground Railroad in New York City.”

* Milt Diggins,  “The Kidnapping of the Parker Sisters.”

* Dr. Cheryl Gooch, “What it Means to be Free: Uncovering the Undocumented History of

Freedom-Seeking: African-Americans of Hinsonville, Chester Co, PA.”

* Nancy Webster, “The Landscape of the Underground Railroad.”

            After each presentation there will be a question and answer session.


• Admission to this event is free. Coffee, tea, and water will be provided. A lunch of hoagies, wraps, salad, and fruit will be available for $6, payable by cash or check on the day of the symposium, catered by Triple Fresh Market, East Fallowfield.  (Make checks out to KURC). You may of course bring your own lunch.

• If you plan to attend, please respond by May 20 by email or phone to tmaguire@wilmingtonfriends.org or 302-475-0554.  Let us know your name and if you will purchase lunch, so the caterer can prepare accordingly. 

For a pdf to print, click here:  KURC UGRR Symp 05-23-15B

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Archaeological Insight into the Ceramic Tastes of Colonial Quakers in the Delaware Valley

Hale Byrnes House

606 Stanton-Christiana Road Newark, De 19713

Sat. July 18, 2015 7:30PM – 9:30PM

“Archaeological Insight into the Ceramic Tastes of Colonial Quakers in the Delaware Valley​” 

John McCarthy, Speaker 

The Public is Cordially Invited to Attend. 
Well-behaved children always welcomed 
$5 at the door includes coffee & dessert 
Books available for signing & autographing


Please do come on down to Hale Byrnes House on the evening of July 18. Our speaker, John McCarthy, was the clerk of Caln Friends, worked on digs in Philadelphia with John Milner’s firm, and is an archaeologist now at Delaware Department of Natural Resources.
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