“One of Wyck’s most significant objects [is] an engraved work of art on paper. It is a sweeping panorama of Constantinople, dated 1813, and engraved by Thomas Palser and Henry Baker of London. Measuring over 12.5 feet long, this engraving has been at Wyck for over 200 years.”
“Ornithologist Matt Halley is Ed’s guest today. From natural selection to Audubon, species diversity to urban birding to the belief of something in spite of the facts, Matt and Ed’s conversation is rich. Matt is the guest speaker at the the Wyck Summer Speaker 2017: Audubon and Wyck: The Dawn of American Science on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.”
Matthew Halley is an ornithologist, historian, and Ph.D. candidate at Drexel University and the Academy. Matthew was resident caretaker of Wyck in 2010, and has been studying the Wyck collections for eight years. He recently published five lost letters of John James Audubon, including a copy of the lost American prospectus for The Birds of America. Matthew will present and discuss an array of primary sources from the Wyck collection, including many that have not been previously scrutinized by scholars, that present a fresh and intimate picture of the early American scientific community, and the historical Philadelphia in which they lived.
Wyck is excited to partner with Tip Tour, where there is a story behind everything! Tip Tour allows you to explore nearby points of interest or check out a collection of suggested points that have been carefully curated to form a tour. Geotagged audio recordings, photos, and videos help guide you along as you find novel ways to interact with new and familiar places. In order to participate, just download the app to your Android or iPhone, create a login, and start exploring! You will find several videos of Wyck that will entice you to visit and learn more. Below is one of the videos Tip Tour created for Wyck, by local filmmaker Dom Hilton.
“…the Odyssean trip was worth it as the heady fragrance of Wyck House’s historic roses enveloped me before I even emerged from the car.
This, I thought, is what a rose garden should be.
Wyck is 2.5 pastoral acres tucked into a densely urban setting in Philadelphia’s Germantown section. The site, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1991, consists of a colonial house (home to the same Quaker family for almost three centuries), the oldest rose garden in its original plan in America, a newly restored kitchen garden, fruit trees, a woodlot, and a collection of outbuildings from the last two centuries.”
“At the Wyck Historic House, Garden and Farm, students can explore nature, agriculture and history all in one unique house in Germantown.
A highly distinctive resource in Northwest Philadelphia for experiential, standards-based lessons in science and history, this is education from the ground up.”