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.
HADLEY PROGRAMS HIGHLIGHT
Progressive values including diversity, inclusion, civil rights & social justice
Arts, culture & history, to broaden horizons, honor creativity & provide context
Environmental health & sustainability
HADLEY PAST PROGRAMS
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
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