The Pennsbury Society supports the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in the administration of Pennsbury Manor, a reconstruction of Pennsylvania founder William Penn’s home along the Delaware River. After design and construction based on archaeological finds, written documents, and period research, Pennsbury Manor opened to the public in 1939, furnished with a collection of late 17th-century furniture and objects. Pennsbury interprets history through a variety of cultural and educational programming and events.
Multidisciplinary artist Nathan Young creates a site-specific, sound-based installation in the landscape surrounding Pennsbury Manor, a reconstruction of the home of Pennsylvania founder William Penn. Young is a member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians and sits on the Delaware Tribal Council. Inspired by a Delaware saying, “Our songs come from the wind,” nkwiluntàmën: I long for it; I am lonesome for it (such as the sound of a drum) fosters a deeper understanding of the tribe’s heritage and ancestral homeland Lenapehoking (known now as the Mid-Atlantic US) through sounds of wind, water, and wildlife. Installed through Pennsbury’s grounds, this work connects listeners to the environment while reexamining histories of colonialism. Environmental sounds encourage active listening and consideration of how people have changed the land through their movements and relationships to the environment and to one another. Curated by Ryan Strand Greenberg and Theo Loftis, the project examines and reflects on the indigenous stories that remain within the landscape today.
The total grant amount represents project funding plus an additional 20% in unrestricted general operating support.