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Making Marathon: A History of Early Wyncote

Join us for our next presentation in our Making History Greater Series when Thomas Wieckowski presents Making Marathon: A History of Early Wyncote.

Facetiously called “Marathon” by a famous author and resident, Wyncote arose in the second half of the nineteenth century as wealthy industrialists and capitalists made it the first Gilded Age suburb. This lecture follows the development of the land from William Penn’s green countryside, through Gilded Age resort, to the village for “the rest of us.” Nationally known bee-keepers, international bankers, entrepreneurial congressmen and dabblers in the novel sport of professional baseball made the community we know as Wyncote today. They flocked to the new village for the clean air, lush landscapes, and picturesque rolling countryside that promised “calm contentment and restful influences of country homes”.

tjwweb n2oiThomas J. Wieckowski is Vice-President of the Old York Road Historical Society and a member of the Cheltenham Township Historical Commission. He received his B.S. at Villanova University and Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. He is retired from Drexel University in Philadelphia after twenty-seven years where he was Associate Dean of the College of Business and Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems among other positions. He was also Director of the Masters Programs in Business for the LeBow College of Business. In that role, he conceived, developed, and managed one of the first completely online and AACSB accredited MBA programs in the country, MBAOnline, which opened in 2000. He currently devotes his time to his lifelong hobby, historical research and writing, and is the author of Making Marathon, published in 2009 by Infinity Press, and, A Spectacle for Men and Angels, a narrative documentary of Camp William Penn, published in the fall of 2013.

The Making History Greater series features scholars, authors, and historians who are currently working on telling new stories about the complexity of our region’s history Making Marathon: A History of Early Wyncote will take place on Thursday, April 25, 2019. The evening will begin at 6:30 with a social gathering and light refreshments. The presentation will begin at 7:00 pm and last for about an hour with time for questions at the end. This program is free and open to the public.