Sunday Series Salon: Center City Before Moses

posted Feb 9, 2020, 9:36 AM by Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir   [ updated Feb 24, 2020, 12:15 PM ]
Come join us on Sunday, March 8, 2020, for LHI Education Committee's Sunday Salon Series.  We are delighted that at this salon, Kenneth D. Frank, M.D., husband of Leyv Ha-Ir member Sue Frank, will present Center City Before Moses

In 1931 workers digging a subway tunnel at 8th and Locust Streets discovered subterranean tree stumps that were more than 36,000 years old. The stumps were buried 38 feet underground, and the wood was well preserved. The trees were bald cypress, a southern species whose native range does not extend this far north. How scientists cracked the mystery of this discovery is an intriguing tale. The story offers clues to Center City’s prehistoric past and potential future.

Kenneth D. Frank, M.D. is a retired physician with a life-long interest in natural history. He has recently focused on the ecology of Center City, and in 2015 published a magnificent book titled Ecology of Center City, Philadelphia which examines the flora and fauna just beyond our front stoops, and elucidates in a most approachable way Center City’s dynamic and resilient ecology.

It promises to be a very enlightening session.  

Very light noshes will be served. 

RSVP BY THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020.  SEATING IS LIMITED TO 18 PEOPLE.  Please contact Beverly by email at or at 215-557-3777 to RSVP and for her address.