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Hall of Fame Awards: Historic Germantown

June 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A celebration of three noted honorees with roots in the Old German Township

Joan Countryman, Jerry Pinkney and Alice Lea Tasman will be presented with the prestigious Hall of Fame Award on Thursday June 20, 2019 for their achievements locally, regionally and nationally, while remaining dedicated to the communities of Germantown, Mount Airy and Chestnut Hill.

Historic Germantown celebrates the German Township’s contemporary history with this unique award, established in 1994 by the Germantown Historical Society. Historic Germantown is a partnership of 18 extraordinary historic houses, destinations and museums in Northwest Philadelphia that have joined together to protect, preserve and share some of Philadelphia’s prized assets.

The award event takes place in Historic Germantown’s courtyard from 5-7 PM. Live music and food, drinks and general merriment. Tickets or sponsorships can be purchased online at www.freedomsbackyard.com. Ten percent of all proceeds go to the Sustaining Our Sites Fund.

Our award honorees

Joan Countryman

First black student at the Germantown Friends School and for 23 years a math teacher there.  Joan also grew up in Germantown and went on to head the Lincoln School in Rhode Island and to establish, along with Oprah Winfrey, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.

Jerry Pinkney

Artist extraordinaire who grew up in Germantown and became an American illustrator and writer of children’s books.  He has received Caldecott honors, five Coretta Scott King awards, four New York Times Best Illustrated awards and many more.  A Pinkney exhibit was recently at the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill.  He lives currently in New York State, but is very pleased to return to the German Township for this honor.

A citizen of the northwest part of the city who has a passion for the historic sites of our area, particularly Stenton, and who has continually reached out to those less fortunate to lift them up in many ways.  She is singularly responsible for the funding that has led to the success of the History Hunters program, a program that brings young students to many of Historic Germantown’s member sites and which has affected the lives of 30,000 young people since its founding.  Her appreciation for her area’s historic sites led her to be one of the founders of the Chestnut Hill Historical Society.


June 20
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Historic Germantown
5501 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19144 United States
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