A couple peruse the collection at Chestnut Hill Historical Society’s recent exhibition. (Photo by Pete Mazzaccaro)

A couple peruse the collection at Chestnut Hill Historical Society’s recent exhibition. (Photo by Pete Mazzaccaro)

The Chestnut Hill Historical Society hosted an exhibition of photos and objects that detailed the neighborhood’s transition from wilderness to rural community and then into the “urban village” we now know.

Drawn from the group’s collection of more than 21,000 photos and other archival items, the exhibit was assembled by curator Liz Jarvis and archivist Alex Bartlett. During the afternoon a steady stream of visitors walked through the exhibit rooms and asked questions of CHHS volunteers.

CHHS board member Shirley Hanson said she had been kept busy during the day answering questions of those who came to see the exhibit.

“It’s been fun,” she said. “I enjoy telling the stories.”

Next up for CHHS will be the second in the series of Discovering Chestnut Hill Walking Tours this Sunday, June 14, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. That tour will focus on six housing developments in East Chestnut Hill that reflect the influence of the English Garden Suburb Movement, which favored gardens spaces, small yards and communal space. The tour will be led by local architect and historian George Bryant.

The tour is free for CHHS members and $15 for non-members. Register online at www.CHHist.org or by calling 215-247-0417.

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