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Winners of The 2nd Ryerss Museum and Library Youth Poetry Contest Announced

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Poet in Residence of Ryerss Museum and Library, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri has announced the winners of the 2nd Ryerss Museum and Library Youth Poetry Contest. Winning students will read their poems in celebration of National Poetry Month on April 4th @ 1 p.m. in the 2nd floor gallery of Ryerss.
9th Grade –  1st  – Richard Spencer – Central High School
                         2nd – Grace Brighter – Saint Hubert High School
10th Grade-  1st  –  Monica Volodarsky – Central High School
                         2nd  –  Vy Tran – Central High School
                         3rd  – Jessica Zheng – Central High School
                        Honorable Mention – Ashley Padolina – Central High School
11th Grade-  1st  – Melisa Phung – Central High School
                      2nd –   Chelsea Dunn – Mercy Vocational High School
12th Grade-  1st  –  Danielle Talbot – Saint Hubert High School
                        2nd  –  Sarah Pimble – Saint Hubert High School
                        3rd  –  Nicole Vandermay – Saint Hubert High School
                         Honorable Mention  – Kelsi Burns – Saint Hubert High School

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

Ryerss Youth Poetry Contest – Grades 9 to 12


Poet-in-Residence Program

Youth Poetry Contest

Grades 9-12


Theme: Ryerss &/or Burholme Park Related

Be inspired by artifacts in the museum, the Victorian era, pet cemetery,

stables, sled hill, athletic fields, picnic grounds, playground, etc.

Requirement: Each student may submit only one poem/one page

font 12 pt. in Times New Roman

Submit to: Poet-in-Residence, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, via email


Deadline: Midnight 3/1/14

Prizes: First place winners in each grade, (9-12), will be awarded $50.00 by

The Friends of Ryerss

Top five winners in each grade, (9-12), will be invited to a special poetry

Reading on April 5, 2014 to read their award winning poem during

National Poetry Month

Visit:  Ryerss Museum and Library at Burholme Pak

7370 Central Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111

Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays

Admission/Parking: Free

Contact: 215-685-0544 or 215-685-0599