Supporting the Natural and Cultural Resources along the Delaware River and Its Tributaries

Hal Taylor Presents “Before Penn” A DRGP Heritage Lecture

Hal Taylor Presents “Before Penn” A DRGP Heritage Lecture

As part of the Delaware River Greenway Partnership’s Heritage Lecture series, Hal Taylor will present “Before Penn” on June 6th at 7:30 via Zoom. Registration is free.

It would almost seem to students of American history that the Pilgrims alighted from the Mayflower and then the Declaration of Independence was proclaimed. But that’s obviously not the case. It is rarely taught that a dramatic but bloodless conflict for control of the Delaware Valley by Europeans amounted to at least eight nationality changes from the era of the original inhabitants to a final takeover by the English in 1664. Generations of settlers carved out lives for themselves in a strange new land enduring incredible hardships and endless work, all during European political turmoil, long before the American Revolution was even considered.

“Before Penn” tells the colorful, complex, and little-known early history of the Delaware Valley in a thoroughly researched narrative enhanced by original illustrations, created in a “throwback style”, reminiscent of the Golden Age of Illustration. 


Free registration:


Hal Taylor’s Bio:

A long-time graphic artist, Hal Taylor has been inspired by the Delaware River to combine art, history, and writing.

Hal has been a typographer and hand lettering artist for advertising and design agencies and an adjunct professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

His published works include Before Penn, The Illustrated Delaware River, Artifacts, The Book of Wedges, and a new work, For a Song.


Event Date 06-06-2023 7:30 pm
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