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William Still, James Still, Sam Still

Sam Still at the Dr. James Still Education Center


On January 28, Medford Leas residents and visitors heard an excellent lecture by Sam Still, about the work of William Still and his brother Dr. James Still. Sam is descended from William Still who is the subject of a PBS film. Underground Railroad: The William Still Story  which tells the “dramatic story of William Still, one of the most important yet largely unheralded individuals of the Underground Railroad.” Another website, blackpast.org/aah/still-james-1812-1882, gives a brief bio of  William’s brother Dr. James Still. 

Sam Still also spoke about the Dr. James Still Education Center here in Medford. The nj.com website has an extensive article with a gallery of photos about Sam Still’s work in developing the Education Center. Donations can be made through the center’s website at medfordhistory.org/drstillcenter.

Debbie Lux Receives Award

by Betsy Pennink,
from the January 2017 issue of Medford Leas Life

In the same week that Debbie Lux, horticulturist, sold wreaths and arrangements at the Craft Fair, led four Christmas wreath-making workshops, and practiced for the Holiday Show, she accepted an award from LeadingAge New Jersey at their Annual Awards Ceremony. Continue reading

Ernest Kaufman video, photo-essay & book

The Living History project of Armed Forces Heritage Museum afhmus.org/ has an hour-long video of Ernest Kaufman telling his story.      The YouTube link is youtube.com/watch?v=6mOVSAnEDkk

A photo-essay about Ernest is on the MLRA website at mlra.org/photo-essays/ernest-kaufman   and his book may be purchased from Amazon at www.amazon.com/Fright-Fight-Farm-Journey-Survival/dp/147876869X


Debbie Lux – Excellence in Care Award

On Wednesday, December 7, Debbie Lux, Medford Leas Horticulturalist, was
honored by Leading Age-New Jersey with an Excellence in Care Award for her
dedicated service to Medford Leas — home of the Barton Arboretum and
Nature Preserve.

Join us in congratulating Debbie for this honor.

Debbie Lux, Medford Leas, and Susan Cunningham, Chair, Arboretum Oversight Committee

Debbie Lux, Medford Leas, and Susan Cunningham, Chair, Arboretum Oversight Committee


BCT: “Fly! Bessie! Fly!” lands at Medford Leas

On November 1 there was an article by Rebecca Carlbon in the Burlington County Times about an upcoming Forum.   Carlbon wrote:

bessie-colemanMedford Leas Forum will present ‘Fly! Bessie! Fly!,” the story of Bessie Coleman performed by Dr. Daisy Century on Nov.12 at 11 a.m. Coleman, who in 1921, became the first African American woman to earn a pilot’s license, was not a person who let other people define her limitations, so she traveled to France to learn to fly when American flight schools refused her because of her race. In later years she shared her experiences with children, encouraging them with the words, “You too can fly.”   Continue reading –>