Over 100 years ago, Charles C. Hadley created
a gift that keeps on giving.​

In his will, Charles directed that earnings from the Theodore D. & Elizabeth A. Hadley Fund be used for the civic betterment, social welfare & education of the people of Kennett Square, PA and the surrounding country or whoever may care to avail themselves of an opportunity to learn and be entertained by a course of lectures and lighter attraction.​
Charles was clear that admission to Hadley events should be FREE


Progressive values including diversity, inclusion, civil rights & social justice

Arts, culture & history, to broaden horizons, honor creativity & provide context

Environmental health & sustainability


For Hadley’s first program on October 23, 1962, Hal Holbrook presented A Night with Mark Twain at Kennett HS

Martin Luther King Jr spoke at Unionville High School May 2, 1967

Alex Haley, author of Roots, spoke to Hadley audiences about trying to write a book about his family history and culture.

​​Hadley has presented internationally renowned figures:

Entertainers/Speakers: Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Julius Erving, Linus Pauling, Gloria Steinem

Politicians: Edmund Muskie, William Proxmire, Shirley Chisholm

Authors: John Ciardi, Norman Cousins, T.H. White, Art Buchwald, Ogden Nash, Richard Lederer,
Christopher Largent, Mark Bowden

Musicians: Marian Anderson, Andres Segovia, Curtis Institute students, Jake Armerding, Low Down Brass Band

More Information…

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Mail a check made payable to:

Hadley c/o CCCF
28 West Market Street
West Chester, PA 19382