While this isn’t specifically about poetry, it’s a great story and a really neat place. Also, I’ll be reading at the Ryerss Museum as part of the Fox Chase Reading Series on February 24. Details here.
Many who attend our Fox Chase Reading Series at Ryerss Museum and Library in Northeast Philadelphia are familiar with the story of how the Ryerss Burholme summer home became a museum and library and the grounds a large park for the enjoyment of the people. When touring the museum we learn of how the Ryerss were animal rights activists long before it became popular with stories of Anne Waln Ryerss saving abused horses and bringing them back to Burholme to care for them. Anne’s stepson, Robert Waln Ryerss, a Philadelphia attorney, was instrumental in helping create the Pennsylvania SPCA and the Anti-Vivisectionist Society of Pennsylvania. The Ryerss Museum and Library features a pet cemetery and many portraits that the family commissioned of their beloved animal companions.
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