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Dennis Farm Bell Ceremony Reception

Jul 9, 2023

On June 28, The Dennis Farm was honored during a special semi-quincentennial Bell Presentation Ceremony as one of Pennsylvania’s most revered historical landmarks in celebration of the nation’s upcoming 250th anniversary in 2026. The ceremony took place at The Dennis Farm in nearby Brooklyn Township, Susquehanna County, followed by a luncheon at Keystone.

The Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of The Dennis Farm. The 153-acre historic farm was purchased and settled by the ancestors of Denise Dennis, free African Americans who journeyed to northeastern Pennsylvania from Connecticut in the late 1700s. Today, The Dennis Farm serves as a living tribute to the lives and accomplishments of this remarkable family and Ms. Dennis serves as president and CEO of the Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust. In 2012, Keystone began hosting The Dennis Farm Symposium and Field Tour, an annual on-campus conference which also included guided tours of The Dennis Farm conducted by Keystone students.

Attending the Keystone reception were, from left: Fran Langan, Ed.D., Keystone Vice President for Institutional Advancement; John Arnone, Dennis Farm Caretaker; Darryl Gore, Dennis family descendant; Lucas Taylor, Keystone College Alumni Specialist; Cassandra Coleman, America 250PA Executive Director; M. Denise Dennis, Dennis family descendant and Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust CEO; Lonnie Moore, Dennis family descendant; George Stark, Director of External Affairs Coterra Energy; and John F. Pullo, Sr., Keystone College President.