A sneak peek at images illuminating Chestnut Hill’s Germantown Avenue
7-9pm every evening
from October 8-17
With just two weeks until the start of Night of Lights, we will be treating you to peeks at some of the history that will be brought to light!
Don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook for even more sneak peeks and updates!
Philo T. Farnsworth and
Television’s Local Beginnings
Philo T. Farnsworth lived and worked in Chestnut Hill and Wyndmoor in the 1930s while he pioneered the first fully-functional television system.
In 1934, Farnsworth was invited by the Franklin Institute to demonstrate his TV at their new building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The event attracted great crowds who watched the crew film all sorts of acts, including animals and guests.
The Philadelphia press quoted visiting scientists who witnessed the demonstrations and concluded that the television was “epochal.”
Philo T. Farnsworth and Television’s Local Beginnings is presented by Night of Lights and Conservancy Sponsor, Pure Insurance.
Highlights of Historic Buildings in Springfield Township
The Black Horse Inn at 1432 Bethlehem Pike was built in 1744 by Abraham Wakerly. Once called the Sampson and Lion, the building continuously operated as either an inn or tavern under various ownership over the years.
Now a multi-use commercial/office building, the Black Horse Inn has several tenants, including the Springfield Township Historical Society.
Highlights of Historic Buildings in Springfield Township is presented by Night of Lights and Conservancy Sponsor, The Sivel Group.
Time to get your Pastport!
Pick it up on the Avenue at any PASTPORT STATION
Your Pastport is your guide to the exhibition and features the event map, building histories, schedule of experiences, and participating businesses. Be sure to pick one up to enjoy the full Night of Lights experience!
Pastport available STARTING TODAY at these Pastport Station locations:
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  • October 7 – Historic District Advisory Committee Public Meeting 6:30pm. Register HERE for a Zoom link to attend
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in the coming year!

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