MEDIA – The Delaware County Department of Records and Archives and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. Blue Star Memorial Highway Program is seeking information regarding two Blue Star markers purchased on February 18, 1948 for the media. The 73 year markers were created to honor World War II veterans.

The Blue Star program began in 1945 to honor the men and women who served in the armed forces during World War II. The original Blue Star Highway started in New Jersey and ended in California. Additional routes have been added, from north to south.

According to National Garden Clubs, Inc. records, the first two markers purchased for Pennsylvania date back to 1948 and were to be placed in Media. It is unknown if and where they were ever placed.

Anyone with information on where these markers have been placed, who ordered them, or where they may be stored please contact: Sandy Manthorpe, Blue Star Chair, District #1 and Eastern PA., GCFP at [email protected] aol.com or 610-942-4696 or Matthew Millison, records and archives coordinator, Delaware County Archives, at 610-891-5620 or [email protected]

Heinz Refuge presents Cupid’s Arrow Archery

The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Tinicum will present Cupid’s Arrow Archery, 4-6 p.m., Monday, February 14. Everyone is invited to visit the pop-up archery range to learn a quick overview of the skills required to hit the bullseye. With safety as a priority, certified USA Archery instructors will help visitors with the basics of archery. Families are welcome with children from 8 years old. No registration or equipment is required. The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is located at 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia.

Other areas of the refuge are open, but visitors are advised that part of the Wetland Loop trail is closed for construction of a new fishing pier. The pathway between the Grand Boardwalk and the Observation Tower is closed for public safety and to eliminate disruption to the construction project. The more the contractors are disturbed, the more the trail will be closed for access. Any visitor on this section of the trail while it is closed will be considered a trespasser and may receive a ticket.

For more information, contact 215-365-3118 or follow him on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

Delco residents urged to learn about composting, get trash cans

The Pennsylvania Resources Council will host two online environmental education webinars in February to teach residents about the importance and process of home composting. The webinars will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 9 and Thursday, February 24. “People can compost for a greener, healthier world, and it’s easier than you might think,” according to PRC Education Program Coordinator Nancy Martin. “Nearly a quarter of your waste stream is compostable, so it’s vital that organic matter is returned to the soil and not bagged and sent to landfill. Composting makes this possible.

In a one-hour online session, individuals learn the benefits of home composting, including the overall process, methods of setting up a compost pile, proper maintenance, and ways to use the finished compost.
The $70 course fee includes instruction as well as a FreeGarden Earth compost bin, which features an 82-gallon capacity ideal for urban and suburban environments. People living in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and surrounding areas can inquire online and then arrange to pick up their compost bins at PRC’s East Office in Delaware County and West Office in Allegheny County.

To register for a PRC webinar, visit www.prc.org/programs/webinars or email [email protected]

Delco Heritage Commission invites nominations for 2022 Preservation Awards

The Delaware County Heritage Commission traditionally sponsors the annual Preservation Awards each May during National Preservation Month. The awards are presented to those who have contributed to conserving and maintaining our county’s heritage through a building project, special program or project, planning effort or publication.

Additional awards are given to a person or young person who has made a significant contribution to our heritage. The Leedom B. Morrison Award recognizes a special construction or project in Chester City. The Legacy Award recognizes long-term enterprise in a historic resource.

Submissions for the 2022 nominees must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Friday, February 25. To obtain a nomination form or for more information, visit https://www.delcopa.gov/planning/programsandinitiatives/HeritageCommission/whatwedo.html.

African American Museum Announces Black History Month Lineup

The African American Museum of Philadelphia has announced a collection of onsite and virtual programs in observation of Black History Month. Throughout February, the museum will host film screenings, artist workshops, musical performances, and open discussions that celebrate and elevate the African-American experience. A full list of events is available at aampmuseum.org/calendar.
Some of this year’s Black History Month programs at AAMP include:

On Saturday, February 5, Text Rich Ali will lead learning through the arts with a hip-hop jazz musicology workshop, where participants will explore the social, historical and musical influences on hip-hop music and how it relates to other genres within African-American traditions. This in-person event is part of the Museum’s Learning Through the Arts series, ideal for families with young people ages 12 and up.

On Saturday, February 5, AAMP will offer a free virtual screening of the film Harriet, which tells the extraordinary story of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and her transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. The screening will be preceded by a brief presentation that will contextualize some of the stories portrayed in the film.

On Sundays, February 6 and 13, talented musicians from the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts will broadcast live performances from the gallery of museum partner Art Sanctuary.

On Thursday, February 10, AAMP, in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, will offer a free virtual screening of Ava DuVernay’s film 13, which explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the country’s prisons are disproportionately full of African Americans.

On Thursday, February 17, AAMP, in partnership with Harriet’s Bookshop, will feature a virtual discussion between author Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts and Dr. Anyabwile Aaron Love, Founder and Director of the John Coltrane Symposium and Owner of Bailey Street Books and Professor assistant in history and black studies at Community College of Philadelphia. Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts will read excerpts from her new book, “Black Joy: A Strategy for Resistance, Resilience, and Restoration,” and share how black joy is a tool for resilience.

On Saturday, February 9, AAMP will highlight the work of Gilberto Wilson, a Caribbean printmaker whose work is currently on display at the Museum in the “Di Nada” exhibition. This hands-on workshop will give the Museum’s youngest visitors the opportunity to make art using some of the tools and ideas that inspire Wilson. This event is part of the Museum’s Learning Through the Arts series, which is perfect for families with kids ages 12 and up.
The African American Museum of Philadelphia will be open, with limited capacity, Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance registration is strongly recommended for on-site events and in-person visitors. Programs have limited capacity. All visitors are required to follow COVID-19 protocols before entering the museum and guests are required to wear masks while in the museum. For more information, visit https://www.aampmuseum.org.

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