Glen Foerd-HFU Speaker Series: Landscape Assessment of Glen Foerd on the Delaware

Architectural and landscape historian Emily T. Cooperman, PhD, will discuss her landscape assessment of Glen Foerd, the historic mansion on the Delaware River, on Thursday, November 16, at 7 pm in the ETC Auditorium of Holy Family University as part of the Glen Foerd-Holy Family University Speaker Series. The series is free and open to the public, with no reservations required.

Currently the principal of ARCH Preservation Consulting, which she founded a decade ago, Dr. Cooperman has worked in the fields of Historic Preservation and Cultural Resources Management for over 25 years on projects from Virginia to Rhode Island for a variety of public and private entities. She previously served as Director of Historic Preservation for the Cultural Resources Consulting Group and as Director of Research for the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania.

“Erica Harvey Freeman, Director of Programs and Collections at Glen Foerd, was interested in having a speaker this academic year who could discuss Philadelphia's environmental history or waterway usage,” said Dr. Mary Carroll Johansen, History Professor for the School of Arts and Sciences. “Glen Foerd has been working in recent years to restore its landscape, which had become overgrown, and to open more of the estate up to the public, because Glen Foerd is part of the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation System. To this end, Glen Foerd received a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to do a landscape inventory in 2014; Emily T. Cooperman was the landscape architect who prepared the report. This is an opportunity for Cooperman to share her findings with a wide audience.” 

Glen Foerd, first established in the mid-nineteenth century by Charles Macalester and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is the last surviving riverfront estate in Philadelphia.

The lecture is part of the Glen Foerd-Holy Family University Speaker Series that showcases topics of area cultural and historical interest. The series invites a distinguished speaker to Holy Family University each semester for a lecture on a topic in American history from the War of 1812 through the early 20th century, which is the period of time interpreted by Glen Foerd on the Delaware, the historic house museum located a few blocks from campus. All lectures are free and open to the public.