2016 EVENTS – Complete Listing

Coming Events


September 24, 2016: PAOLI BATTLEFIELD HERITAGE DAY, 11a – 4p.

Join us on Saturday, September 24th 2016 at 4th annual Paoli Battlefield Heritage Day, featuring a Military Timeline starting at the French and Indian War and going through to present day. Fun for the whole family. Full details here.  

September 24, 2016: SANDERSON’S SQUARE DANCE, 1p – 4p

“Bow to your partner…bow to your corner…hands all around.” So began most square dances called by the legendary Chris Sanderson. In his heyday, until he passed away in 1966, Chris and his famed Pocopson Valley Boys were well known throughout the area for calling and playing for square dances. Chris even made a record album […]

October 1, 2016: ORAL HISTORY DAY at the Sanderson Museum, 9a – 12p.

Did you know Chris Sanderson? If so, What do you remember about him? Were you one of his students at any of the many schools where he taught? Did he come to your school and talk to your class? Do you remember your parents picking him up in their car? Did you take square dancing […]

December 3, 2016: CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS HOUSE TOUR, 11a – 6p

Start the holiday season with a visit to the Sanderson Museum. See an eclectic array of art, military memorabilia, presidential artifacts, local history and collectibles. The museum will also have its wonderful collection of Victorian Christmas ornaments on display and for sale. Enjoy special refreshments and music. The museum will be decorated for the holidays […]

Past Events


August 17, 2016: SANDERSON SUMMER STORIES, 10a – 12 p.

Sanderson Summer Stories (10a-12p) Join staff at the Sanderson Museum for a fun-filled summer story time! Come for an interactive reading, a related craft, and a healthy snack. This month’s book is “The Very First Americans,” by Cara Ashrose and Bryna Waldman. From the Makah, who set out in canoes to hunt whales, to the […]

August 13, 2016: CHESTER COUNTY OLD FIDDLERS’ PICNIC (88TH), Hibernia Park, 10a – 4p.

Come visit the Sanderson Museum’s booth at the Old Fiddlers’ Picnic,  an annual event where hundreds of musicians and music lovers gather to celebrate traditional music and memories on stage and in the woodlands of Fiddlers’ Field. Lots of activities for the kids, tours of Hibernia Mansion, plus food and craft vendors. Sample: What it’s all about. No […]

August 6, 2016: SANDERSON MUSEUM VOLUNTEERS TRIP, Christian Sanderson’s Homestead & Burial Place, 9a – 3p.

(Click on images to enlarge) This year’s museum volunteers trip is to the Phoenixville area, Chester and Montgomery Counties,  Pennsylvania, where Chris Sanderson was born and where he lived and thrived until 1905. By then, he had finished college at West Chester Normal School (now West Chester University), started his teaching career at the Garwood […]

July 13, 2016: SANDERSON SUMMER STORIES, 10a – 12p.

Join staff at the Sanderson Museum for a fun-filled summer story time! Come for an interactive reading, a related craft, and a healthy snack. This month’s book is Henry’s Freedom Box–A True Story from the Underground Railroad, by Ellen Levine and Kadir Nelson. A stirring, dramatic story of a slave who mails himself to freedom. Admission: $5 […]

June 22, 2016: SANDERSON SUMMER STORIES, 10a – 12p

Join staff at the Sanderson Museum for a fun-filled summer story time! Come for an interactive reading, a related craft (in this case, a braided bracelet made from handkerchiefs), and a healthy snack. This month’s book is Barn Dance!, by Bill Martin, Jr., and John Archambault. A delightful book that captures the joy and thrill of an evening […]

May 18, 2016: Reception, “SIMPLY SANDERSON,” with VICTORIA WYETH, 5p – 8p.

Join us to celebrate the opening of “Simply Sanderson,” a new museum exhibit that unveils never before displayed photos and artifacts from Chris Sanderson’s extensive collection. The exhibit will explore Chris’s life as a teacher, musician, historian, lecturer and friend of the Wyeth family. Beginning at 5 p.m, enjoy a social hour featuring artisan wines from the […]

May 5, 2016: RECEPTION, Beiler-Campbell Realtors

The Sanderson Museum welcomes Beiler-Campbell realtors to a special tour and reception to introduce them to this hidden gem of the Brandywine Valley.

April 9, 2016: ARTISAN FAIR, 12p – 4p.

Come to the Sanderson Museum to visit with local and regional artisans, artists, and authors. It’s the perfect place to get great gifts or something wonderful for yourself! Prepare to be delighted as local artists produce fresh works of art from popular local settings such as Painter’s Folly and Kuerner’s Farm. All masterpieces will be […]

April 6, 2016: CHESTER COUNTY NIGHT SCHOOL, 10:30a – 1:30p.

Come see history like you’ve never seen it before! Curator Chuck Ulmann will give a very special room by room tour of Chris Sanderson’s unique and eclectic collection. After the tour, enjoy lunch at the popular Antica Italian Restaurant in Chadds Ford.  To register, please call the Night School at 610-692-1964 or register online at […]

March 9, 2016: Reception, GREATER WILMINGTON CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU, 5:30p – 7:30p.

The Sanderson Museum welcomes the Greater Wilmington Visitors Bureau to a special tour and reception to get a glimpse of this hidden gem of the Brandywine Valley