Philadelphia boasts one of the oldest, largest, and most diverse park systems in the United States. Yet our parks receive scant attention in histories of landscape design and city planning. Elizabeth Milroy, author of The Grid and the River: Philadelphia’s Green Places, 1682-1876, will describe the unique development of Philadelphia’s urban parks in the two centuries after William Penn and Thomas Holme first devised the city plan. This event will take place on Thursday, April 26 at 7 pm in Holy Family Hall 109.
"With spring finally in sight, I am excited for this timely presentation on the evolution of William Penn's 'green country town,’” said Dr. Mary Carroll Johansen, History Professor for the School of Arts and Sciences. “LiLy Milroy spoke at Holy Family as part of the Speaker Series about a decade ago on another topic, and I am sure this talk will be just as interesting. Her book is beautifully illustrated, which will certainly add to her presentation. The talk also ties in with a recent effort of Holy Family University and Glen Foerd to promote ecological education and a study of the Delaware River."
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.