• A History of Jump Racing

    A History of Jump Racing

    The sport began in the mid-1700s in Ireland and has proliferated ever since.



    Steeplechasing in America and elsewhere is a sport that celebrates the long and close relationship between man and the horse. Today’s international…
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  • A History of Steeplechase

    A History of Steeplechase

    The sport gained traction in the Philadelphia region long ago.



    The courses at Winterthur, Willowdale and Radnor Hunt each have a distinct personality. Winterthur is a good match for horses that take…
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  • Collectible Dolls Tell a Cultural History

    Collectible Dolls Tell a Cultural History

    Fabrics and hairstyles are among their historical distinctions.



    Is it any wonder that many adults collect dolls? “They tell us a lot about the period when they were created,” says…
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  • Giving Antique Objects a Second Chance

    Giving Antique Objects a Second Chance

    Salvaged architectural fragments can serve as modern design inspiration and focal points.



    It’s only natural to fall in love with an object that comes to us from another time. That rare Navajo rug, we…
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  • The Art of Flower Tossing

    The Art of Flower Tossing

    Professional ballerina Anastasia Babayeva offers insight into proper etiquette.



    The time honored technique and social tradition of audience members tossing flowers on stage to express their love, gratitude and appreciation to…
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  • When Flasks Were Hip

    When Flasks Were Hip

    The Roaring Twenties were the heyday of silver containers.



    During the first quarter of the last century, T. Coleman du Pont, former president of E.I. du Pont de Nemours, became a…
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  • Where Ballet and Painting Fuse

    Where Ballet and Painting Fuse

    Dancers from the Academy of International Ballet paid homage to a dance legend at the Brandywine River Museum of Art.



    Classical ballet and painting converged at the Brandywine River Museum of Art as dancers from Media’s Academy of International Ballet elegantly surrounded…
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  • The Allure of Old Books

    The Allure of Old Books

    Baldwin’s Book Barn in West Chester is among the stores that still thrives on print editions.



    Even in an age of Kindle and the explosion of online content, real books continue to fascinate us.  One reason: Books have…
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  • Mid-Century Modern

    Mid-Century Modern

    From Philadelphia to New Hope, Pennsylvania has its fair share of mid-20th century furniture designers.



    In doing research for this article, I came across more than one reference to the “Eames brothers.” Let’s set the record straight: Charles…
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  • Coatesville’s National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum Explores Chester County’s Role in Industry

    Coatesville’s National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum Explores Chester County’s Role in Industry

    Rich in history and cultural significance, Lukens Steel was more than just Chester County’s source of revenue. The steel industry’s effects on the area are lasting, and recent efforts from several local outlets would see these milestones preserved.



    Sometimes, museums exist for legitimate historical reasons. Other times, they’re little more than an ego trip for the wealthy. In the case of…
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  • Tramp Art’s Humble Origins

    Tramp Art’s Humble Origins

    This woodworking style comes in all shapes in sizes, from boxes and frames to room dividers and tabletop decorations.



    Take some wooden cigar boxes and a penknife. Add creativity, carving skill, and the patience to plan and execute a project. Combine…
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