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Friends of the Wissahickon records


Held at: Chestnut Hill Historical Society [Contact Us]8708 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 19118

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"The Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) is a 1,600 member, non-profit organization founded in 1924 with a mission "to preserve the natural beauty and wildness of the Wissahickon Valley and stimulate public interest therein." Designated a National Natural Landmark in 1964, Wissahickon Valley Park is a spectacular 1,800-acre forested gorge that is part of Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system. FOW works in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation to restore historical structures throughout the park, eliminate invasive plant species, monitor watershed management issues, and restore trails throughout the park system with its Sustainable Trails Initiative."


Friends of the Wissahickon. "About Us." 2006. Accessed January 9, 2012.

The Friends of the Wissahickon records include printed brochures and publications; records of projects (renovating park buildings); newspaper clippings, 1960s-2000s; correspondence, 1980s-2011; financial records, 1978-1995; correspondence and projects with other parks, 1980s-1990s; administrative records, 1990s-2003; minutes, 1990s; and newsletters, 1981-2011.

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Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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