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Poets on the Porch 2015 – July 11th @ 1 p.m.



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POETS ON THE PORCH 2015 – July 11th @ 1 p.m.

Ryerss Museum and Library

7370 Central Avenue, Philadlephia, Pa. 19111

Hosted by: F Omar Telan and Bruce Kramer 

The Poets

??????????????????????????????? Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, a native Philadelphian, is the author of two full-length poetry collections: Images of Being (Stone Garden Publishing, 2011) and Night Sweat (Red Dashboard Press, forthcoming in January, 2016). She has been published in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Many Mountains Moving, Philadelphia Stories, Blue Collar Review, and Wilderness House Literary Review, among others. Awarded a grant in poetry from the AEV Foundation in 2013, she currently serves as Poet in Residence at Ryerss Museum and Library and as Poetry Editor of the Fox Chase Review. More about Diane can be found at http://www.dianesahms-guarnieri.com/  & https://dianesahmsguarnieri.wordpress.com/

Emari DiGiorgio makes a mean arugula quesadilla and has split-boarded the emariTasman Glacier. She teaches at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and is a Poet-in-the-Schools through the state arts council and the Dodge Poetry Foundation. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Arsenic Lobster, Mead, the Raleigh Review, Smartish Pace, and Verse. http://edigiorgio.wix.com/emaridigiorgio

KeaneMaria J. Keane is a visual artist, educator and published poet.  She received her B.A. from Hunter College, N.Y.C. and a Master in Art History from the University of Delaware (Phi Kappa Phi). She is an Arts and Letters member of the National League of American Pen Women and an artist member of the historic Howard Pyle Studio in Wilmington, Delaware. She served as an Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts and Art History at Wilmington University (New Castle Campus, from 1984 to 2009.) http://www.artsicle.com/Maria-Keane

Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon, PhD  (Cultural Anthropology), M.A. kimmika(Anthropology), MFA (Theater), Graduate Certificate) Women’s Studies, B.A. (Journalism); is an Associate Professor of Urban Theater and Community Engagement in the Theater Department at Temple University. The author of Through Smiles and Tears: The History of African American Theater (From Kemet to the Americas) (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2011); The Secret Messages in African American Theater: Hidden Meaning Embedded in Public Discourse” (Edwin Mellen Publishing, 2006) She is a recipient of the 2013 Associate Provosts Arts Grant; 2008 Seed Grant, 2003 Provost’s Arts Grant; 2001 Independence Foundation Grant, the 2000 PEW fellowship, and1999,  DaimlerChrysler National Poetry Competition. Williams-Witherspoon is a contributing poet to 26 anthologies and recipient of a host of awards and citations. http://www.2deep2.com/

Gene HalusA native of the Lawndale neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa., Gene Halus is an Associate Professor of Politics at Immaculata University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from LaSalle University, he graduated with a double major from the department of History and Political Science, his Masters of Art and his Ph.D., from the Department of Politics of the Catholic University of America. Halus has been a community/social activist in the United States and Ireland. He has written several op-ed pieces for various newspapers including the Souderton Independent and the Lancaster Eagle Gazette. He has written articles on topics such as German-Americans of Northeast Philadelphia and Resurgent Ethnicity: Reconsidering Ethnicity, Whiteness, and Assimilation; At Frankford We Stand!: The Mobilization of Euro-American Ethnic Consciousness in Philadelphia Neighborhoods and Changes in City Government; and Fair Housing/Fair Lending. Halus is working on a new poetry collection titled Perkiomen using the Perkiomen Creek as the focus of the cycle of poems. His most recent book is Irish Americans: The History and Culture of a People, co-authored with William E. Watson released in November of 2014.

Russell Reece has had stories and essays published in Memoir (and), russCrimespree Magazine, The Fox Chase Review and many other print and on-line journals. His work has appeared several anthologies most recently Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, released in 2012. All That Glitters, released in 2013 and Someone Wicked released in 2013. He has received two Best of the Net nominations and was a finalist in the 2012 William Faulkner/ William Wisdom Creative Writing Contest.  He placed first in the Delaware Press Association Annual Communications award in poetry and a 2015 fellowship from The Delaware Division of the Arts. Russ is a University of Delaware alumnus and a co-host of 2nd Saturday Poets in Wilmington, Delaware. He lives in Bethel, Delaware in rural Sussex County along the beautiful Broad Creek. You can learn more about Russ by visiting his website at www.russellreece.com

benBen Heins is the author of two chapbooks of poetry: Cut Me Free (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2014) and Greatest Hits & B-Sides (Vagabondage Press, 2012). In addition to teaching first-year writing at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Rowan University, he is an active member of the South Jersey Poets Collective. http://www.benheins.com


Alice Greenhowe Wootson grew up in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. alice 3She attended Cheyney University and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. After graduating, she married and remained in the Philadelphia area. She earned a Masters Degree in Education and Reading Specialist Certification and taught in the public schools. Alice is the award-winning author of ten romance novels and an award-winning poet; she has taught writing workshops for numerous groups. She is also a board member of the Philadelphia Writers Conference. Alice Wootson is an active member of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church of Philadelphia. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Isaiah. http://www.alicewootson.net/

Robert Milby 7Robert Milby, of Florida, NY has been reading his poetry in public since March, 1995.   He is the author of 6 chapbooks, most recently: Dickens’ Pet Raven (Fierce Grace Press, Wilmington, DE, 2014).  His first book of poetry is Ophelia’s Offspring (Foothills Publishing, Kanona, NY, 2007).  Second book: Victorian House:  Ghosts and Gothic Poems will be published by Black Bed Sheet Books, Antelope, CA in 2014.   Robert hosts 3 Hudson Valley, NY poetry readings and has read his work in NY, NYC, NJ, PA and New England.  He is a listed poet with Poets & Writers, Inc. of NYC.  He writes for the arts magazine, Heyday Magazine and the arts newspaper, The Delaware and Hudson CANVAS.    www.robertmilby.com

Mel Brake has won several awards for his poetry and musical talents. He was mel brakeborn and raised in Philadelphia, and proud of it. He lives in Springfield, PA because the water is fresh, clear and tasty. Many publications and journals have published his poems including Fox Chase Review, Philadelphia Poets, Mad Poets Review, E Pluribus Unum: An Anthology of Diverse Voices, Apiary Magazine, Word Riot Magazine, Poetry Ink, The New Verse News and many others https://www.facebook.com/mel.brake

John Richard SmithJohn Smith’s poetry has appeared NJ Audubon since the 1980s and in numerous literary magazines. His work has also been anthologized in Under a Gull’s Wing: Poems and Photographs of the Jersey Shore and Liberty’s Vigil: The Occupy Anthology. His poem, “Lived Like a Saint,” which appeared in The Journal of New Jersey Poets, was set to music by Philadelphian composer, Tina Davidson, as part of a choral work, Listening to the Earth, commissioned by the New Jersey Parks Commission. Another poem, “Birding,” was commissioned by New Jersey Audubon for their centennial and “Red Moon,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by US1. His book, Even That Indigo, was published was published by Hip Pocket Press in 2012. https://www.facebook.com/JohnSmithFrenchtownPoet?fref=nf

Dave Worrell studied literature and philosophy at Union College in beautiful Dave WorrellSchenectady, New York. His poems have appeared in The Fox Chase Review, US 1 Worksheets, Mad Poets Review and Wild River Review. He has performed poems at Chris’ Jazz Café in Philadelphia and Cafe Improv in Princeton.  His latest collection is We Who Were Bound. https://www.linkedin.com/in/daveworrell

Wendy Schermer was born in Detroit, grew up in Philadelphia, and is now a Schermer
resident of Arden, Delaware, where she has lived for the past eight years. Wendy shares her home with a dog and two cats who have been steadfast companions since her two sons became adults and made lives of their own in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, respectively. Although Wendy works full-time for the State of New Jersey’s Judiciary, her real love is writing.

rhdavis-1Robert Hambling Davis is a fiction editor of The Fox Chase Review. He has been published in The Sun, Antietam Review, Memoir (and), Philadelphia Stories, Santa Monica Review, and elsewhere. He’s been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, and received three Delaware Division of the Arts grants, two for fiction and one for creative nonfiction. He was a fiction semifinalist in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Contest in 2002 and 2012, and a creative nonfiction winner in 2013. Robert helps direct the Delaware Literary Connection, a nonprofit serving writers in Delaware and surrounding areas. He is a member of the Delaware Artist Roster, and has given writing workshops and readings in the Mid-Atlantic.

Charles Carr is a native Philadelphian. Charles was educated at LaSalle and charlesBryn Mawr College, where he earned a Masters in American History.  Charles has worked in social and community development services for 40 years.  Charles has also been active in raising funds for various missions and organizations serving the poorest of the poor In Haiti.   In 2009 Cradle Press of St. Louis published Charles’s first book of poetry: paradise, pennsylvania. In January of this year, Haitian Mud Pies And Other Poems published by The Moonstone Arts Center was released.  Charles’ poems have been published in various print and on-line local and national poetry journals.   Charles also hosts the Moonstone Poetry series at Fergie’s Pub in Center City Philadelphia once per month.

Your Hosts

kramerBruce Kramer is a writer from Philadelphia. Most of his work has appeared in boring technical documents, medical publications, and marketing propaganda, but he has also been published in the occasional magazine and literary publication. He believes in cold beer, rock and roll, and baseball. He sometimes acts like he is named after Bruce Springsteen, but he knows he is named after somebody much cooler. He has poetry forthcoming from Barrelhouse Magazine

F Omar Telan shares a New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding TelanbyCristinOKeefeAptowiczPerformance Art Production for Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind with the New York Neo-Futurists. A selection of his plays are anthologized in 225 Plays from Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.

His poetry has been published in “A Gathering Of The Tribes”, “Apiary Magazine”, “The Fox Chase Review”, “Our Own Voice”. He has read his poetry at the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church (NYC), the Kelly Writers House (Philadelphia), the National Asian American Poetry Festival (NYC), the Philippine Embassy (DC), and the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival (Waterloo Village, NJ).

With Asians Misbehavin’ he has performed in the New York Fringe Festival, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and at Roundhouse Performance Centre (Vancouver). He directed “The Edge Of The World” which was performed at La Mama E.T.C. (NYC) as part of the Asian American Theater Festival.

He graduated from Emerson College and the Radcliffe Publishing Course. http://www.telan.org/



-g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. (USA). He can be found at https://gereutter.wordpress.com/about/








A Look Back at Four Years of Poets on the Porch Festival

Poets on the Porch @ Ryerss

Poets on the Porch @ Ryerss

To have a look at our past Poets on the Porch in photographs please visit this link and enjoy: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157624536350361

Poets on the Porch 2015 will be held on July 11th at Ryerss Museum and Library. For more details about the poets reading please visit https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/poets-on-the-porch-2015/


Councilman O’Neil to Host Shredding Event

shredWith sponsorship from the American Heritage Federal Credit Union, on Saturday June 6th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon Councilman Brian O’Neil will host a free shredding event. The event will be held in the parking lot of his new Fox Chase Office at 432 Rhawn Street.

Broadsides 14-15 and 15-1 Available at May 23rd Reading

IMG_1541Our Broadside Series continues with 14-16 and 15-1 printed in a limited edition of 30 copies.  Broadside 14-16, Perception of Nails by Lynette G. Esposito and 15-1, The Piano Tuner  by Laren McClung. These broadsides will be available on May 23rd at our Featured Poet/Writer Reading with Laren McClung and Lynette G. Esposito at Ryerss Museum and Library. More information at this link: https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2015/05/01/esposito-and-mcclung-in-fox-chase-may-23rd/


Northeast Philly – Get Your Recycle Bins – May 2nd

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Fox Chase Art in the Park – Lions Park April 18th

FCClockTallFlatSaturday, April 18th in Lions Park, 7900 block of Oxford Avenue in Fox Chase. Music, vendors, art work and more. Vendors and artists who desire a spot should contact the number at the bottom of the flyer.





Congressional National High School Arts Competition

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Art Competition

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District. Read more here: https://boyle.house.gov/services/art-competition

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Congressman Boyle has a page on his website for entering the contest. Click the link or 13th District HS students can call or email 215-517-6572 Anthony.luker@mail.house.gov Students in other areas can contact their Congressman.

Celebrating Robert W. Ryerss and Philadelphia Railroad History – March 8th

On March 8th at 1 p.m. Edward Duffy will present a lecture and conduct a book signing of Philadelphia-  A Railroad History. If you plan to attend please rsvp the museum at: 215-685-0599. railroad history Philadelphia: A Railroad History describes the remarkable development of the railroad industry in Philadelphia and the intense competition that pitted the Pennsylvania Railroad against the Reading Railroad, and those two titans against the formidable Baltimore and Ohio Railroad to dominate the regional market. The book details the impact of the rail industry in the region s economy, the Philadelphia waterfront, and its port. It also highlights the key roles of the city s industrial giants during this colorful era, including Steven Girard, Matthias Baldwin, William Sellers, Franklin Gowen, John W. Garrett, George Roberts, and Edward G. Budd.

On March 8th at 2 p.m. The Friends of Ryerss and Museum staff invite all to a celebration of Robert W. Ryerss birthday. A fun event for children and adults at Ryerss. Poet in Residence, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri will read the poem A Quick Sketch of Robert Waln Ryerss. 

Robert Waln Ryerss on the steps of Burholme circa late 1800's courtesy of Ryerss Museum and Library

Robert Waln Ryerss on the steps of Burholme circa late 1800’s courtesy of Ryerss Museum and Library

Robert W. Ryerss – The Legacy

Robert Waln Ryerss on the steps of Burholme circa late 1800's courtesy of Ryerss Museum and Library

Robert Waln Ryerss on the steps of Burholme circa late 1800’s courtesy of Ryerss Museum and Library

Robert Waln Ryerss was born on March 8, 1831 and would be the only child of Joseph and Susan Ryerss. Susan passed away soon after Robert’s birth and Joseph married her younger sister, Anne, who played an important role in raising Robert. Joseph was a partner in the firm of Ryerss and Lincoln, a major import/export business and later became President of the Tioga Railroad Company.  Robert was a practicing attorney in Philadelphia County, served as a Director of the Tioga Railroad Company of which his father was President. Robert was instrumental in the creation of the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, (P.S.P.C.A.), and in 1883, the Anti-Vivisectionist Society of Pennsylvania. The Ryerss family maintained a residence in Philadelphia proper but after building “Burholme” near the Fox Chase neighborhood and following Joseph’s death, Anne and Robert spent much of their time at Burholme while maintaining a home on Walnut Street in the city.. Anne became noted as an animal rights activist and was known to bring abused and sick horses to Burholme to care for from the streets of Philadelphia. Mary Ann Reed arrived in America at the age of 21 and was hired by Anne Ryerss as her head housekeeper. Reed and Robert Ryerss developed a close relationship, he being 17 years older. There isn’t any information on the nature of the relationship but what is known after Ann Ryerss died, Robert married Mary Ann Reed. Robert Ryerss died six months after marrying Maryann Reed. Mary Ann married the Rev. John Baun in 1899 and the Baun’s traveled the world bringing back items to Burholme and insuring Ryerss will was carried out.

Anne Waln Ryerss courtesy of Ryerss Museum and Library

Anne Waln Ryerss courtesy of Ryerss Museum and Library

TheLegacy – Part I

The legacy begins with Joseph Ryerss, a wealthy merchant and railroad man who upon his death left a healthy estate to his wife and son. It is from the wealth of Joseph Ryerss that the legacy began. Anne Waln Ryerss was committed to the

Robert Waln Ryerss with horses in pasture circa late 1800's courtesy of Ryerss Museum and Library

Robert Waln Ryerss with horses in pasture circa late 1800’s courtesy of Ryerss Museum and Library

proper treatment of animals and in specific horses. Anne has been described as a feisty petite woman who made a practice of stopping the owner of a horse who was mistreated and persuade the owner that the horse was in distress and would benefit from a rehabilitation period at her farm in Burholme. In some cases the horses were restored to good health and in others some did not recover enough to work again and remained in the peaceful setting of Burholme under the care of the Ryerss for the rest of their lives. Of note is that Anne was following a family tradition concerning their action regarding the humane treatment of animals in that in 1866 Morris Waln donated $10,000 to establish the Pennsylvania SPCA.

Ryerss’ Infirmary for Dumb Animals 

Upon her death, Anne Waln Ryerss left $30,000 to establish a farm to take care of ill and abused animals with another $40,000 dollars for its maintenance. In 1888 Robert W. Ryerss purchased 80 acres of land at what then Krewstown and Meetinghouse Roads in the Bustleton section of Philadelphia. Ryerss would serve as President of the Board of Directors of the farm until 1895. The objectives of the farm were set forth in its constitution.

  • To provide without cost to the owners a temporary home for horses, mules and other animals belonging to cabman, carters, tradesmen, and other, where a few weeks care and good treatment will enable many disabled animals to work for years.
  • To provide a permanent home for old favorites, whose owners, instead of destroying or selling them, desire a place for them under good treatment for the remainder of their day.
  • To provide either a permanent or temporary home for animals, subject to such regulations as may hereafter be established, and both the number of animals shall be determined by the Board of Manager.
Philadelphia Police Mounted Unit stables on the site of the former Ryerss Farm at Krewstown

Philadelphia Police Mounted Unit stables on the site of the former Ryerss Farm at Krewstown

The farm began operations in June of 1889.  The farm struggled somewhat with finances and at one point in time mortgaged the Krewstown farm and moved its operations to Chester County only to return to Krewstown when the farmer defaulted on the mortgage. Upon the farms relocation back to Krewstown thirty acres of the farm were sold to the City of Philadelphia for $18,355.50 and are now part of the Pennypack Park System. The farm continued operation at Krewstown until May of 1956 when the Board of Directors sold the farm to a developer for $441,550.  The farm relocated and continues operation to this day now known as The Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines, at 1710 Ridge Road in Pottsville Pennsylvania. (http://ryerssfarm.org/ ).

The Legacy Part II

Ryerss Museum and Library atop the hill at Burholme Park- Philadelphia, Pa

Ryerss Museum and Library atop the hill at Burholme Park- Philadelphia, Pa


Robert Waln Ryerss married Mary Ann Reed six months prior to his death. Mary Ann was the family maid at Burholme and maintained a close relationship with the Ryerss family. Upon his death it fell to Mary Ann to carry on the legacy of Robert W. Ryerss.

Robert W. Ryerss courtesy of Ryerss Museum and Library

Robert W. Ryerss courtesy of Ryerss Museum and Library

The adjudication of the will of the late Robert W. Ryerss was presented in orphans court on Saturday May 15. Among the bequests are $5000 each to The House of St. Michael and All Angel’s for Crippled Colored Children, The Home for Destitute Colored Children, and The City Mission. $30,000 for the erection of a church at Rockledge. His large estate is to be equally divided between his wife, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Corporation of the church at Rockledge, and the City of Philadelphia, the last to be used to maintain part of his estate as a public library and park.                

Ryerss Museum and Library and Buholme Park

Mary Ann Reed Ryerss-Bawn courtesy of Ryerss Museum and Library

Mary Ann Reed Ryerss-Bawn courtesy of Ryerss Museum and Library

It fell upon Mary Ann Reed-Ryerss to carry out the wishes of her deceased husband. It is apparent she did so with much enthusiasm. In 1899 she married an Episcopal minister, Rev. John Baun, (also at times spelled Bawn.) The couple traveled the world bringing back museum pieces to Burholme. An addition was added to Burholme and houses two galleries for public view.

First floor gallery at Ryerss Museum and Library

First floor gallery at Ryerss Museum and Library

The first floor gallery contains pieces collected by Mary Ann on her travels abroad. There are items from India, China, and the Middle East in the gallery. She added the pieces to the collection following Robert Ryerss desire to provide art to the community at large.  Located adjacent to the first floor gallery is the family home and on display here are various artifacts from the 1800’s that the family maintained. Although not all of the pieces are genuine to the house, this gallery reflects the life style the Ryerss maintained.

First floor house gallery at Ryerss Museum and Library

First floor house gallery at Ryerss Museum and Library

2nd floor gallery of Ryerss Museum and Library

2nd floor gallery of Ryerss Museum and Library

The second floor gallery is a collection of eclectic items brought back to Burholme by Robert Ryerss and Mary Ann. In addition there are several paintings in the gallery of great interest to include paintings of the family pets and horses, the Waln family and a large painting of “Cortez taking Prisoner Montezuma” by R.H. Schnider painted in 1856. This piece is displayed above the doorway to the 2nd floor gallery.

The Library at Ryerss Museum

The Library at Ryerss Museum

The library at Ryerss is an active lending library. The library maintains a collection of classics but also has new publications available. The library is managed by the Fairmount Park Commission. Those wanting to tour the museum and library can start here as staff members are available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to escort tours through the museum and library. In addition to books, the library contains numerous pieces of brass and marble dust sculptures and paintings.

A view of the ball fields at Burholme Park from atop the hill

A view of the ball fields at Burholme Park from atop the hill

Burholme Park is named after Ryerss house that sits atop the park. Located at Central and Cottman Avenues in Philadelphia the park is a major part of life in Northeast Philadelphia. Athletic fields are used by various youth athletic organizations for baseball, football, and soccer.

Athletic Base Ball club of Philadelphia plays Mohican Base Ball Club at Burholme Park in the Vintage Baseball League

Athletic Base Ball club of Philadelphia plays Mohican Base Ball Club at Burholme Park in the Vintage Baseball League

Adult athletic groups also utilize the playing fields. The picnic areas and pavilions just at the bottom of the Buholme hill and those to the west of the Museum are heavily used in the warm weather months. The playground area is a popular spot for children and parents in the neighborhood and beyond. The hill at Burholme has been rated at the number one sled hill in the city of Philadelphia.

Playground at Burholme Park

Playground at Burholme Park

Also part of the park are the West Woodlands, the land donated separately to the city by Mary Ann Reed Ryerss-Bawn. The West Woodlands contains trails for hikers, a small brook in the valley of the woodlands and various types of wildlife for nature lovers.

The Legacy Part III

Memorial Holy Nativity Church – Rockledge Pennsylvania

Memorial Holy Nativity Church – Rockledge Pennsylvania


Robert Waln Ryerss was a member of Trinity Church Oxford and saw a need for a church in the Fox Chase/Rockledge area. In 1893 Ryerss established a mission in Rockledge. Following his death, Mary Ann Ryerss oversaw the building of the Memorial Church of the Nativity in Rockledge. The original mission, was moved to the rear of the property on greased timbers and pulled to its present location by mules. Construction of the new church was completed in 1898. The church was

Alter at Memorial Church of the Nativity

Altar at Memorial Church of the Nativity

designed after St. Mary’s Cathedral in St Neot’s Huntingdonshire England. The Church of the Nativity remains an active and important part of the Fox Chase/ Rockledge community with an active congregation and community outreach.

Robert Ryerss Elementary School courtesy Philadelphia City archives.

Robert Ryerss Elementary School courtesy Philadelphia City archives.




The Robert W. Ryerss School, a two story building,  was built in 1900 at Bleigh & Palmetto Street in the Five Points, (now known as Burholme.) The school operated as  a private school unti  1914 when taken over by the Philadelphia School District. Shortly after the takeover the Ryerss School was replaced by the larger Kennedy Crossan School at the same location.

The Robert W. Ryerss Ward for Violent Male Patients .The ward was part of The Lebanon Hospital located in Syria. Funds for building were provided by Mary Ann Reed Ryerss-Bawn to build and staff the new ward. The Lebanon Hospital operated until the mid 1980’s when it was closed.

RobeWaln Ryerss  carried out the legacy of his Step-Mother, Anne Waln Ryerss in the establishment of the Ryerss Farm for Dumb Animals. It was left to the family maid upon Robert’s death to secure the family legacy. Mary Ann Reed Ryerss-Bawn insured the Ryerss legacy continued through fulfillment of  Robert’s Will. She established a legacy of caring for the mentally/physically disabled, humane treatment of animals, immersion in faith, provided art and books to the general public, provided a vast park for the community. This is the legacy of Ryerss as completed by Mary Ann Reed Ryerss-Bawn. The Friends of Ryerss, a community group focusing on Ryerss Museum and Library carries on the tradition of Ryerss-Bawn. ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Ryerss-Museum-and-Library/133015956726859 )

Source Information:

Ryerss Museum and Library

RyerssFarm for Aged Equines

Memorial Church of the Nativity – Rockledge, Pa.

Report of the Director – The Lebanon Hospital- Syria

Easttown Township Historical Society

The Churchman

All photographs by g emil reutter except where noted.

More Photographs

The Museum and Library: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157646510301296/ Ryerss and Burholme Park: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157602669224015/ The West Woodlands: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157646118096500/   

15648469158_fde0487b43_o-g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. He can be found at: https://gereutter.wordpress.com/about/ .


Fox Chase Tree Lighting plus Bazaar at Ryerss December 6th


December 6th – 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Fox Chase Christmas Tree Lighting  The annual Fox Chase Christmas Tree Lighting in Lions Park, 7900 Oxford Avenue in the heart of Fox Chase. Music, crafts, Santa and more.


December 6th – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. –  Victorian Christmas Bazaar and Tea – Dec 6th @ Ryerss

Where to eat in Fox Chase? – Some suggestions here: https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/category/where-to-eat-in-fox-chase/