2016 CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
The Life & Times of a Country Doctor in the 1800s.
Speaker: Clarence Hickey (former Aston & Fisher's Corner resident)
This first person portrayal reflects the life and historic times of country doctor Edward Stonestreet, and his colleagues, when he practiced medicine in Rockville, MD, from 1852-1903. It is based on the speaker's 2009 biography, Send for the Doctor, which chronicles Dr. Stonestreet's: life and family; medical education; 51-year medical practice of house calls and office visits as local physician and surgeon; responding to accidents and injuries; serving as family physician in Rockville & the surrounding county; and his brief service as a surgeon with the U.S. Army during the Civil War. Dr. Stonestreet's story is not just a Rockville, MD, story, but an American one, since many country doctors across the country lived similarly to Stonestreet and faced many of the same issues during the 19th century. Presenter will dress in period attire and bring his 1885 medical bag with 19th century medical instruments and medicinals to show and discuss.
Dynamic Robyn Young, a Delaware County Heritage Commission winner, will be the featured speaker at Aston Township Historical Society's (ATHS) quarterly meeting on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 7pm. Please note there is a Change in Location. The Society will meet at the Aston Township Community Center on South Concord Road, just south of 5 Points and across from St. Joseph's Church. Please come early so you may tour the new and improved Aston Township History Museum and Research Center at 6:30pm. Handicapp parking is plentiful.
Robyn Young, known as the Marker Lady for her work in installing historical roadside markers for women's history, has recently published a 200-page book, "Women in Penn's Woods: A History of Women in Pennsylvania." The book was written to introduce readers to 175 women who made a difference in Pennsylvania's history and includes a summary of the 1852 Women's Rights Convention held in Pennsylvania as well as color photographs of historical markers installed by Young. Young will speak about women in our state's history focusing especially on women in Delaware County. Come learn about women's history, an exciting subject for study in all the months of the year, not just March! Books will be available for purchase.
This popular program is free and open to the public; however, donations are greatly appreciated! Please see any board member about exciting volunteer opportunities. ATHS also appreciates historical donations. Please feel free to bring old photos for ATHS to scan for their library, too!