Jay Cooke: Financier, Philanthropist and Former Cheltenham Area Resident

Join us to learn more about the illustrious resident of the Gilded Age in Cheltenham, Jay Cooke, a banker best known for his heroic efforts to raise millions of dollars for federal expenses during the Civil War. After the war, he directed the construction of the Northern Pacific Railroad as well as the school that became Penn State Ogontz. This presentation will explore his early life which prepared him for his accomplishments. We will review his tenure in Chelten Hills (Cheltenham Township), where he built one of the most extravagant estates yet seen in the United States. Extensive audio/visuals including newly discovered photographs of “Ogontz,” Cooke’s Chelten Hills estate, will accompany the presentation.


B.S. Villanova University; Ph.D., Catholic University of America; Vice-President, Old York Road Historical Society


19 – $35

Thursday, 3/1
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Room 106
Cheltenham High School