Thursday, November 15, 2012
President Daniel R. Porterfield and the Central Pennsylvania Regional Chapter of the Franklin & Marshall Alumni Association will host a reception for F&M alumni, parents and friends to celebrate the 225th anniversary of Franklin & Marshall College.
The event will be held Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum, 37 North Market St., Lancaster. The reception begins at 6 p.m., with the program beginning at 7 p.m.
Thomas R. Ryan, Ph.D., president and CEO of LancasterHistory.org (Lancaster County's Historical Society and James Buchanan's Wheatland) will speak on the long, rich relationship between the College and Lancaster through the years.
For members of the Franklin & Marshall community. Attendees must register online or by calling 800-925-5500.
Thomas R. Ryan, Ph.D., is the president and CEO of LancasterHistory.org (Lancaster County's Historical Society and James Buchanan's Wheatland). He is also an adjunct faculty member at Franklin & Marshall College and Millersville University.
Dr. Ryan received a B.A. in modern language and literature from the College of the Holy Cross; an M.Ed. in religious education and the history of philosophy with distinction from Boston College; an M.A. from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture at the University of Delaware and the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum; and a Ph.D. in the history of American civilization from the University of Delaware and the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum. His dissertation title was "Jacob Eichholtz and an Artist’s Construction of Middle-Class Identity in Nineteenth-Century Lancaster, Pennsylvania."
Since 1997, when Dr. Ryan assumed the position as president and CEO, the Historical Society has multiplied the staff, grown the operating budget and endowment, and increased membership and the volunteer base. In 2009, under his leadership, the Historical Society merged with Wheatland, home of President James Buchanan. In 2010, Dr. Ryan spearheaded the effort to take over the Thaddeus Stevens-Lydia Hamilton Smith Site at the request of the Historic Preservation Trust.
Where once the historical society was a minor presence in the community, under Dr. Ryan's guidance it has become a leader in the nonprofit community, and in historical education and humanities-based programming.
Currently on exhibit at the museum
"THE GRID: Amish Quilts, Esprit Clothing and Postmodern Design"
Guest curators: Associate Professor of Art History Amelia Rauser, Sabrina Brown '13, Ferry Foster '11, Jayati Khanna '13, Brittany Pipa '11, Chelsea Troppauer 11 and Stephanie Tzarnas '13