Belfield & Wakefield:A Link to La Salle's Past
Reports -- People By Century
Family Tree
Three Centuries on South Campus
Home Where “The Mansion” Was
The Remarkable Wisters at Belfield
Charles Willson Peale: “Your Garden Must be a Museum”
La Salle Home
Connelly Library Special Collections

Welcome to the La Salle Local History Web Page!

Surely few college or university campuses in America occupy land with such a long, rich, and diverse history. Here are just a few highlights:

We invite you to discover more about La Salle’s local history and suggest that you start with three articles presenting an overview: "Three Centuries on the South Campus," "Charles Willson Peale at Belfield," and "The Remarkable Wisters at Belfield." Then you can explore the more detailed accounts of the people, events, and places associated with this land.

A 12-minute video, Peale at Belfield: Gardener, Farmer, Painter is available in the Media Services Department of Connelly Library.

For more information on related topics, please visit these links:

La Salle University, Connelly Library Special Collections: Owen Wister Family Papers
La Salle University, Connelly Library Special Collections: Charles Willson Peale Family Papers
Germantown Historical Society
Stenton Mansion
Landmarks Society: Grumblethorpe
Peale Family Papers at the Smithsonian Institute, National Portrait Gallery
John Caspar Wister on Wikipedia

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