Meet a Community Champion
This fall, we have been privileged at the Conservancy to have Bryan Schechter, senior at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, assisting us as an intern in our Archives. (The timing couldn’t have been better, as donations to the Archives have increased fourfold over the last year!)
We asked Bryan to share a little about his experience, and here’s what he had to say:
“My time as an intern for the Conservancy has been an incredible experience. From my first visit, I felt at home, surrounded by a wealth of knowledge preserving the history of a very special community. Working with Liz and Alex has been a pleasure, and I have learned so much not just about real-world skills, but of Chestnut Hill and its many unique aspects.
“One of the most fascinating parts of the experience has been the types of sources that I’ve been able to work with. Whether it be articles, deeds, photographs, family home movies, blueprints, maps, or old business cards, I’ve learned so much about how the process differs per source, and how they have to be prepared and stored in different ways and places.
“I wasn’t sure what to expect when I considered interning at a historical society for my class, but this was a great fit for me! I find the most enjoyment in learning about individual businesses, residences, and individuals who shaped Chestnut Hill to become what it is.”
Your support for the Chestnut Hill Conservancy allows us to bring on interns like Bryan and share skills in research and archival preservation for the next generation. Your gift to the Conservancy before December 31st will help us continue our internship program and other mainstays of day-to-day operations in the coming year!
Want to Recognize
Another Community Champion?
Do you know a dedicated advocate or enthusiast for the history, architecture, and open space that help to define what makes the Chestnut Hill area so special?
This year, we are pleased to accept donations to our year-end appeal in honor of community champions. We will recognize these honorees on our website in early January!
How does it work? If you’re making an online donation, simply write the name and contact information of your honoree in the Notes section and we will let them know! Donating by another method? Email with your honoree’s information.
‘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 of our own Headquarters, 8708 Germantown Avenue.
Click on images below to link to each puzzle!
Expert Level
Today’s Then and Now images include two images of the current site of the Chestnut Hill Conservancy, at 8708 Germantown Avenue. As we are launching our new 8708 Sustainable Preservation Project, we thought we’d feature a “then” photo from 1988.
The second image is how the building looks today!
Beginner Level
Look for more Then and Now jigsaw puzzles in future editions of our History at Home emails. Enjoy!
Join us for the 2022
Sunday, January 9 at 4pm
Featuring our plans for 2022, the Preservation Recognition Awards, a membership vote to elect renewing Conservancy Directors:
Susan Bray, Charles Dilks, Tim Greenwood, Dan Macey, Jean McCoubrey, Susan Peck, Larry Salva
There will also be a membership vote to elect the Historic District Advisory Committee: Patricia Cove (Chair), Richard Bartholomew, Shirley Hanson, Eileen Javers, Matt Millan, William O’Keefe, Miles Orvell, Deborah Popky, Randy Williams (Current as of December 13, 2021)
Registration required to receive Zoom link.
Free and open to all Members and the public
To Retiring Board Member
Thomas Ginnerup
On behalf of the community and the Conservancy, we would like to thank Thomas Ginnerup for his years of service, care, and support here – a true community champion. He and his husband Christoph are moving away, and Thomas will finish his Board service at the end of this month. We are so very grateful and deeply proud of all we’ve accomplished under his years of hard work and leadership. Thomas has been unfailingly generous in both spirit and support, and we will miss him!
Thomas Ginnerup moved to Chestnut Hill in the summer of 2016 into an 1849 Italianate house on an eased property. As he described it, “attracted to Chestnut Hill by the beautiful architecture and the open spaces, the Conservancy and its mission [have been] a perfect fit.” Thomas served as chair of the Building Committee and one of our fundraisers, and has served on the Preservation and the Major Gifts committees of the Conservancy.
Thomas is born and raised in Denmark and finished law school at Copenhagen University in 2003. After living in Paris for three years, Thomas and his husband Christoph, moved to the US in 2014.
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Sponsors and supporters are community champions. Your support now will continue our work
in the coming year!