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Historic Yellow Springs, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Historical Societies & Historic Preservation

Mission: The mission of Historic Yellow Springs, Inc. , chartered in August 1973, is to share, preserve and celebrate the unique living village of Yellow Springs, Pennsylvania. Focusing on history, arts, education and the environment.

Results: Historic Yellow Springs is celebrating its 40th anniversary and our commitment to local history, the fine arts and ceramics, education and the environment. The historic village includes Chester Springs Studio where the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Country School flourished for 30 years. Today, art classes engage approximately 1,000 students including children, teens and adults.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 1,000 students, over 200 volunteers, visitors--including families who have participated over multiple generations.

Programs: The preservation and restoration of a historical village, conservation of surrounding open land and establishment of a community educational, cultural and social historic center.

Community Stories

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Julie S.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Stellar art shows, beautiful grounds and programmings and a fabulous volunteer work force - HYS has a healthy future ahead!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Save the old and gold for our children. I appreciate what this Non-profit is doing to keep old historical structures and towns alive! Thanks

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is always something interesting and creative going on at this special location. As soon as you approach the little village, your countenance is lifted. It's not just a lovely place full of amazing history, but a creative and artistic atmosphere enticing those who visit to also be creative. The volunteers and employees have class and great pride in their community at Historic Yellow Springs. They are respectful of adults and kids and very eager to make us all feel welcome. The history of Yellow Springs, the art community and education for adults and kids better all who are apart. Upon departure, after turning down the street toward the city, it's always "back to reality. "

Cerebral

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Yellow Springs, Inc has surpassed its previous rating, which was excellent. It has become very versatile and creative in its programming, demonstration and exhibition of arts, its historical offerings to benefit public culture, botanical and horticulture education, crafts appreciation and enhanced visitation and tourism for the County of Chester, Pa. It maintains its
infrastructure and presentation to the public in an award winning fashion.

I strongly endorse 5 Star rating for this historic, cultural, and arts institution.

Previous Stories
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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have gone to Historic Yellow Springs on various occasions and reasons. I have found this setting to be quite amazing and appealing. Quaint village setting, it maintains its rural and historic appeal that greets the visitor, or, one studying fine arts, crafts, history, and more.
What makes this possible is its "perpetual stewardship,"which enhances and maintains its infrastructure, physical plant, and character.

I have always found the culture , atmosphere, administrators to be quite knowledgeable. professional, and always feel like a welcomed guest.

I highly rate and am impressed every time I within or on the premises.



General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jazz at the Springs is an event we do not miss every year! Lots of fun for all.

Melissa Johns H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The annual art show is awesome. The show includes diverse media and very talented artists.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Historic Yellow Springs is a special place.
I have attended the annual herb sale and the art show and love them both.

The art show exhibit this year was especially impressive, with over 200 local artists on exhibit.

I am excited to see how HYS grows in the next few years, bringing more and more people to experience this fabulous place in Chester County.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Runs excellent programs very frugally that deliver value to a variety of community members via innovative adaptive reuse.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was completely unfamiliar with this organization until about a year ago. They do an fantastic job for the artists and community. The place itself is an amazing historical treasure of our area. Gala & art show is most professional fund raiser

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Historic Yellow Springs has done an outstanding job in promoting their mission. Their 2019 Art Show was well received by their local community, as well as others who travel from surrounding states for this annual show. The quality of the art was fabulous, with something for every taste and every budget.
The organization reached out through social media as well as print ads and billboards. It was a well planned and managed campaign. The management team successfully enlisted volunteers to assist with the event while keeping up with their day-to-day operations and other events that were held in the village, such as weddings.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Historic Yellow Springs is a true gem in our area. It's not only an excellent venue for wonderful events, such as the annual art show, the fine arts and crafts show, the holiday stroll, and others, but it's a wonderful place to host weddings and other functions. The grounds are gorgeous, the history is amazing, the art classes/workshops are numerous and first rate. Great place to visit and learn what came before us.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy volunteering with the art community at Chester Springs Studio because everyone is friendly and welcoming. The facilities are excellent and the studios are equipped to encourage artistic growth.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Historic yellow springs has been an important part of my life for many years. It has provided a sense of community for many potters, myself included. It has also offered a connection to a history that is so rich and interesting in Chester County- a welcome timeless village that is about as peaceful as any place one could go to, where inspiration comes easily for whatever artistic endeavor one is participating in. It is the kind of place where it is easy to volunteer for whatever is needed, just to be there. It is a treasure!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this place. Until several years ago, I didn't know it existed, until invited by a friend. Historic Yellow Springs is a beautiful building in an equally lovely and quaint neighborhood. Having attended several events, I decided to sign up to volunteer at the facility. Though I have only done this 3 times, for 2 different events, I met members and volunteers who all share the same passion in bringing awareness to Historic Yellow Springs. I am happy and extremely proud of this nonprofit and value my affiliation with them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Historic Yellow Springs in various capacities over the past four years, and have loved every minute of my experience with them. From weddings, to the annual archaeology camp to volunteering at the infamous art show(s) over the years, each experience has been do different and yet so meaningful. Truly a living village, every facet of HYS' history is carried out in its day-to-day activities, and the public is encouraged to become a part of the community here. All in one hour, you could step foot on the grounds and learn about local history through artifacts and a hands-on tour, register for a class taught by a locally renowned artisan or simply get lost in the beauty and splendor that the property offers.

2 Daniel D.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am an American living in France whose second love happens to be Historic Yellow Springs :

Cross Pickering Creek on the venerable stone bridge and you’re a time traveller, for just ahead is where the road splits, but whichever way you head you are sure to succumb to the delightful charms of Historic Yellow Springs.

Robert Frost would likely point out that you’ve chosen the magical « road not taken » one that witnessed Revolutionary War wounded arriving for treatment at the hospital whose foundation walls still stand where General Washington’s troops once sought solace and healing in a woods « lovely, dark and deep ».

The filtered sunlight reveals not just historic clapboard inns and cozy homes but peaceful natural glades and shaded ponds where you might well spot a herd of deer, some impish raccoons or perhaps a pheasant. Small wonder that Historic Yellow Springs is such a haven for writers and artists.

The artistically inclined have flocked here for over 40 years in seeking to further their education in fine arts and ceramics at the renowned Chester Springs Studio, successor to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Country School and a rare gem that remains a popular regional center of education, arts and culture.

At Chester Springs Studio, the accomplished faculty nurtures and inspires students to be at their creative best as artists and as individuals committed to their craft and this exceptional community.

Daniel DeCristoforo

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beautiful venue for any event along with historic charm. Even better to be a part of the pottery and painting classes that are offered at Chester Springs Studio. Great, nurturing environment. Hidden gem to be appreciated by all.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

My wife and I held our wedding reception 25 years ago in this incredible village at the building which is now called the Washington. The building and village are even more beautiful now then they were then.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This unique enterprise serves both cultural and historical purposes, and also operates as a lovely venue for weddings, meetings and other events. Educational opportunities for children and adults abound in its highly developed art school (fine arts, ceramics and more), which also has deep historic roots -- hence the street address. Its annual art shows, ceramic kiln pavilion, art classes and other regular events draw attendees from a wide region to the beautifully kept grounds. As a resident of the area, I find it adds such value to the region, and appreciate the rich history of the village that it preserves from pre-colonial times through the present day.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been in the Chester Springs area for over 20 years. Historic Yellow Springs is a hidden gem that provides pleasure for the whole family. Both of my daughters grew up taking art classes in the Chester Springs Studio. I myself have also taken adult fine arts classes there as well. We have two family artists who participate in the Annual Art Show each year. BUT, did you also know that the Village of Historic Yellow Springs dates back before the days of Washington? There are beautiful trails to walk on, springs that are on the property that were once used as a spa. In addition, the backdrop and buildings are one of the most beautiful venues to host a wedding or special event. Historic Yellow Springs is a very special place, and I am so grateful that this amazing Village is open for everyone to enjoy in their own unique way.