Hadley Presents

Hadley Presents

For the first Hadley program, October 23, 1962, Hal Holbrook presented A Night with Mark Twain in the Kennett High School. Hadley has also brought entertainers such as Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn; speakers such as Martin Luther King Jr, Linus Pauling, Julius Erving, and Gloria Steinem; musicians such as Curtis Institute students, Marian Anderson, and Andres Segovia; politicians such as Edmund Muskie, William Proxmire and Shirley Chisholm; and authors such as John Ciardi, Norman Cousins, T.H. White, Art Buchwald and Ogden Nash. One author spoke about trying to write a book about his family history; a few years later that speaker, Alex Haley, published the book Roots. Previous Hadley seasons have also included lectures by Donald Johanson, paleoanthropologist; Jean Kilbourne, pioneer on advertising and image; James Farmer, civil rights leader; Elliot Engel, on literary figures; Richard Lederer, author; Sylvia Earle, oceanographer; John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil of the Negro Baseball League; Harry Wu, human rights campaigner; and Eric Raymond on the Internet.

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Hadley Presents
PO Box 370
Kennett Square, PA 19348


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Please be respectful of others in the audience, the lecturers and the performers. Parents are responsible for their children at all times.  Photography and sound recording of any kind are not permitted, except with advance permission of the lecturer or performer.

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