Around Town Feb 25

Mt. Cuba Center is hosting a special event, Invisible Layers in the American Landscape, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 27. The online lecture is by Abra Lee, a 2019–2020 Fellow at Longwood Gardens who has more than two decades of experience in horticulture, including a municipal arborist and landscape manager for international airports in Atlanta and Houston. It focuses on the African American influence on American horticulture and how those influences were hidden in plain sight. The lecture covers 400 years of that influence. The cost is $24. Register here.

It's another drive-through bread sale at the Chadds Ford Historical Society. On Saturday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., you will be able to drive into the parking lot at the Barn Visitors’ Center and purchase bread that we bake in the beehive oven of our John Chads house. First come, first served, and available while supplies last. Our baker, Lise Taylor, will be baking the following bread flavors for the event:  $7.00 per loaf French, herb, herb & onion, cinnamon dot, and cinnamon raisin; and $8.00 per loaf "Special" beer bread in honor of St. Patrick's Day.

The Chester County History Center will hold an online book discussion on "The First American in Afghanistan" by Ben MacIntyre. The book centers on Newlin Township native Josiah Harlan who inspired Rudyard Kipling's classic "The Man Who Would Be King." Harlan, Prince of Ghor was an American adventurer, best known for traveling to Afghanistan and Punjab to make himself a king. While there, he became involved in local politics and factional military actions, eventually winning the title Prince of Ghor in perpetuity for himself and his descendants in exchange for military aid. The discussion is set for 10 to 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11. This is a pay-as-you-wish event, but participants must reserve a spot.

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