Greystone and CCHS Talks Lecture Series Part Three

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Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Tickets are priced at $30 each per night, or $75 for all three nights.

RSVP to or call 610-692-4800 


Greystone Hall 

1034 Phoenixville Pike 

West Chester, PA 19380  

First Talk 

The Topic

“A Virtual Walking Tour of West Chester Landmarks

Connected to P.M. Sharples (1857-1944)”

by Catherine Quillman

 Journalist, Historian, Author


Explore turn-of-the-twentieth-century West Chester with Catherine Quillman as she gives an illustrated “virtual walking tour “of places in and around the borough from Philip M. Sharples’  birth at his ancestral home on Dean Street to his coming-home burial at his gravesite at Oaklands Cemetery.  Ms. Quillman

will be talking about each of the significant landmarks in West Chester connected to P.M.’s life, education, manufacturing work, civic involvement, investments, charitable contributions and grand homes in which he raised his children by Helen Brinton Sharples and Jean Davy Sharples.  It will be a surprise for most people to learn how many footprints this remarkable man left on his hometown from his mid-nineteenth century birth to his tremendous success as a brilliant inventor and entrepreneur to 1934, when he left home after the financial decline of his company and loss of his personal fortune to quietly live out the rest of his life in Pasadena, California. 

Biography of Catherine Quillman 

In addition to the biographical information on Catherine Quillman set forth in connection with her earlier lecture in the series, Ms. Quillman has written several books about local history: Between The Brandywines; A History of West Bradford (2005), commissioned by West Bradford Township; 100 Artists of the Brandywine Valley (2010) which explores the lives of contemporary painters, photographers, and sculptors of the region;andtwo local walking tour books with Sarah Wesley about her adopted home town - Walking the “East End” (Expanded Edition)– A Historic African-American Community in West Chester, Pennsylvania. (2012) and Walking the “Uptown” – A Tour of a Historic African American Community in West Chester, Pennsylvania (2014) She is an advocate for the preservation of historic structures in West Chester.

Second Talk

 The Title

“Preserving a Piece of Town History:

The Sharples Digital Collection at West Chester University”

by Tara Wink,

Special Collections Librarian and Archivist 

As Special Collections Librarian at the Francis Harvey Green Library at WCUPA, Tara Wink is responsible for maintaining and growing WCUPA’s Special Collections and Archives. She will talk about West Chester UniversityLibrary’s Special Collection of materials relating to Sharples Separator Works Company, West Chester’s largest industrial firm in the early twentieth century. Its unique collection includes Sharples catalogs, sales books, pamphlets, postcards, paper print ads and extensive business correspondence on Sharples letterhead stationery.  One of the department’s goal is to support research and historical interest in the town of West Chester and Chester County. In carrying out this goal Special Collections has also digitized this and other collections to expand access to the collections to people around the world and ultimately for permanent preservation purposes. The library’s Sharples materials, denominated as “The “Sharples Digital Collection,” thus preserves an important piece of West Chester history.  Her talk will showcase some of the holdings in the collection.

Biography of Tara Wink

Tara Wink has been at WCUPA for 6 years and in that time because of her marketing and work has seen a notable increase in demand for Special Collections and archival materials. Under her guidance and effort there has been a marked growth in information literacy sessions and exhibits in the Library’s Special Collections Department.  Tara has a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Bachelor’s Degree in History and German from Gettysburg College.  She is a member of the Delaware Valley Archivist Group and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC),  serving on its various committees She was the curator of the Library’s 2011 special exhibition of the Sharples Separator Works Collection. 

There will be an intermission between the talks on each evening with light refreshments. 

After the lectures on October 4, 2016, there will be a display of the Jerrehian Partnership’s private collection of vintage Sharples advertising and promotional memorabilia and Velda Jerrehian’s collection of Sharples Separator Co. postcards.