2020 Spring Lecture Series

Each Spring the Society host a series of lectures on historic and cultural topics. This year we have three speakers discussing the underrepresented history in our area.  Lectures are held in the Visitors Center meeting room. Coffee, tea and light desserts are served.

2020 Spring Lecture Schedule 

March 5th- Lora Englehart: Mary Ann Shadd Carey; Delaware’s Forgotten Daughter.


April 9th- Noah Lewis: Ned Hector Canceled due to COVID-19


May 7th- Adrian Martinez: Where Two Worlds Meet, Quakers and Indians in Pennsylvania 1700-1720 Canceled due to COVID-19

Lecture Hours:

7pm - 8:30pm



Barn Visitors Center

1736 Creek Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317



Admission is $10 per person at the door. CFHS members are free.



Visitors Center parking lot behind building. Enter at the front door by Creek Road.


March 5th at 7pm

Lora Engleheart


Mary Ann Shad Cary (1823-1893) was one of the most accomplished and celebrated women in black history.  She was born in Wilmington, yet few Delaware residents have ever heard of her.  Shad Cary seems more a woman of our times than of her own.  Teacher, journalist, editor, feminist, lawyer, wife and mother…it is easy to imagine her as a modern-day superwoman, preaching and practicing a life committed to racial and gender equality.  It is harder to imagine a woman, especially a woman of color, leading a life so rich with accomplishments 150 years ago. Click here to purchase tickets

Ned Hector - Canceled Due to COVID-19 

The lecture was cancelled but Noah Lewis graciously recorded a similar talk in the historic Chads House. This can be viewed below.



Noah Lewis has been potraying African American Revolutionary War hero Ned Hector for over 20 years. Over the years, he has become an expert in African American colonials, especially those fighting in the Contenental army. For the lecture, Noah will be doing a first person interpretation of Ned Hector. Among the topics he will cover are the Battle of Brandywine from Hector’s perspective, being a teamster during the Revolutionary War, and what it was like to be an African-American soldier in Washington’s army. The central theme of the interpretation is to underscore the diversity of the Continental Army, as Lewis will discuss the role of African-Americans, Irish, German, and other ethnic groups that composed the rank-and-file of Washington’s force. What makes this lecture really engaging is Lewis’ ability to engage the audience by questioning their loyalty to the American cause and teaching them how to load an imaginary Revolutionary cannon. 


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Where Two Worlds Meet, Quakers and Indians in Pennsylvania 1700-1720 - Canceled Due to COVID-19 

May 7th at 7pm

Adrian Martinez


Where Two Worlds Meet, Quakers and Indians in Pennsylvania 1700-1720 explores the relationship between these two groups in the early 1700s and brings to light groups that once dominated the landscape of south eastern Pennsylvania


Adrian Martinez is an internationally known professional artist whose work combines a rigorously classical technique with an intensely emotional vision. He was born in Philadelphia, PA, but grew up in Washington, D.C. He studied painting and printmaking and received degrees from the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore, Maryland (BFA), St. Martins School of Art in London, England (CS) and Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana (MA). Adrian  is also an art instructor and lecturer who speaks on subjects which include art history, old master techniques, art appreciation and early Pennsylvania history. Click here to purchase tickets


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