Our organization has lost a long-time friend and very generous supporter with the recent death of Joseph Hallowell "Buck" Penrose Jr on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015.
Mr. Penrose was the great-grandson of Jarrett and Tacy Kirk Penrose and great-great-grandson of William and Hannah Penrose, who built the major additions to the main house and the out-buildings at what we now call the Penrose-Strawbridge Farm. Tacy Kirk Penrose's great-grandfather, John Kirk, had been the stone mason who built the Keith House 120 years earlier. Her maternal grandfather was the clock maker Seneca Lukens and her uncle was Isaiah Lukens who made the clocks for Independence Hall and Loller Academy.
Mr. Penrose, over the past few years, has generously donated a great deal of significant historical documents, including the 1718 Samuel Carpenter Indenture, that are now in our collection; plus numerous other items that are either on display at the Penrose-Strawbridge House, used around the farm, or that we have sold. He has also bequeathed HPHA the remainder of his historical collection.
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Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.