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‘Then and Now’ Activity
History at Home jigsaw puzzles!
In our History at Home Then and Now series of jigsaw puzzles, we pair two images, offering different levels of difficulty, Beginner and Expert. For this month’s Then and Now puzzles, we’re featuring two images from Germantown Avenue, seen from the corner of Bethlehem Pike.
Click on images below to link to each puzzle!
This circa 1905 view from our Archives is facing down Germantown Avenue from Bethlehem Pike. Note the absence of the building of the Chestnut Hill newsstand, which would be constructed a short time later.
And here is the same view today. Changes are subtle; these include the reconfiguration of the trolley tracks and the installation of the traffic lights. Perhaps this is comforting to some, as some change isn’t occurring so quickly!
Look for more Then and Now jigsaw puzzles in future editions of our History at Home emails. Enjoy!
Ask the Experts –
Virtual Presentation on April 22
Thursday, April 22, 7pm
Rob Fleming and Christopher Sohnly will speak about sustainable practices for the home gardener. Rob is an experienced landscape architect and teacher with special expertise in the design, care, and restoration of historic and natural landscapes. Christopher, co-founder of local landscape firm Spruce Hollow Designs LLC, will describe environmentally diverse design, planting, restoration, and maintenance practices to add value and diversity to your yard and garden.
A free, virtual program, Ask the Experts addresses a featured topic by an expert on prevalent issues relating to historic home and landscape care. Ask questions; get solutions! Organized by the Chestnut Hill Conservancy and co-sponsored by the Chestnut Hill Community Association.
Free, registration required. Zoom link and details will be sent to registrants on the day of the event.
Ask the Experts is presented with support from Johnson, Kendall & Johnson
Benefactor tickets available now!
Attend the Celebration
have a Catered Party with your Pod later!
(Provide your own busses and party hats, though)
Benefactor tickets are now available for this year’s virtual Architectural Hall of Fame Celebration on Saturday, May 22nd at 7:00 pm! The program includes a special guest Master of Ceremonies (stay tuned!), online and live auction, the Hall of Fame’s 2021 inductees, a behind-the-scenes tour of Louis Kahn’s Esherick House (a 2015 Hall of Fame inductee) to celebrate the 120th anniversary of his birth–and more!
Please join us for this exciting program and support our only fundraising event this year by becoming a Benefactor at one or more of the following levels:
  • Schist: $5,000 Ticket to our unique online event and a catered Pod Party dinner for 12 at your home (Date of party to be agreed upon by host and caterer; fmv $1,800)
  • Slate: $3,000 Ticket to our unique online event and a catered Pod Party dinner for 8 at your home (Date of party to be agreed upon by host and caterer; fmv $1,200)
  • Bluestone: $125/person Ticket to our unique online event and a delivered dinner on the evening of the Celebration from Bacchus Catering to heat and enjoy (fmv $33)
All Benefactors will also receive a link to this year’s virtual Celebration and are recognized in the invitation, program booklet, our online communications, and during the event itself. Deadline for inclusion in the invitation is March 26!
Interested in learning more? Visit our website or purchase tickets online now. Tickets are also available to purchase with a credit card or check; email for more information!
Sponsorships for the Architectural Hall of Fame Celebration Available!
Would you like your business to support the Conservancy during our only fundraiser of 2021? We have two great options for sponsorship for this year’s Architectural Hall of Fame Celebration:
Presenting Sponsor $5,000 (up to $4,000 tax deductible)
  • Opportunity to give opening remarks
  • Introduce one nominee into 2021 Architectural Hall of Fame
  • Full-page color ad in program
  • Prominent logo in additional printed materials
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Option to send branded items directly to attendees either pre- or post-event (at sponsor cost)
Supporting Sponsor $1,500 (up to $1,200 tax deductible)
  • Opportunity to introduce one nominee for the 2021 Architectural Hall of Fame
  • Half-page color ad in program
  • Prominent logo in additional printed materials
  • Verbal recognition at event
Deadline for sponsorship to be included in the invitation is Friday, March 26. Program ads are also available for purchase! For questions or more information, please contact
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  • April 22 – Ask the Experts Virtual Presentation – Earth Day Every Day: How to Bring Nature Back to the Neighborhood
  • May 22 – Architectural Hall of Fame Celebration
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