Chester: Whose History Is It, Anyway?

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Delaware County Historical Society 408 Avenue of the States
Chester, PA 19013
United States

How do we tell a Chester history that includes and respects what is true for every group in the city?

Across many places and times, people have battled to advance narratives that give them ownership over reality and resources. This is no different in Chester where people from different backgrounds overtly and covertly fight for legitimacy and power through storytelling.

Case in point: William Penn’s first landing in Pennsylvania was in Chester (then Upland) in October 1682. Today the place best recognized as “Penn’s Landing” is across the river in Philadelphia. Why does the location of Penn's Landing even matter?

Join us as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steven Hahn presents on the importance of telling stories of "glory" parallel to stories of "gory." He will be joined by WURD 900AM show host Eric "Brother Shomari" Grimes, social research activist Julie Rainbow, and Widener historian Jordan B. Smith for a panel discussion on how we accept, reconcile and synthesize these types of contradictions.

This program is part of the Democracy and the Informed Citizen initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism and an informed citizenry.

We thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.

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