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The Historical Society presents a variety of events and programs throughout the year.  We invite you to join us - you'll always learn something new!

Upcoming Events

Monday February 19 - All Day


CLOSED


The Historical Society of Montgomery County will be closed on Saturday, February 17, 2018 and Monday, February 19, 2018 in honor of Presidents’ Day.

Thursday February 22, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Breweries of the Schuylkill


ScheidtWebIn our first Making History Greater presentation of 2018, brewing historian Rich Wagner will highlight the many breweries that operated along the Schuylkill River. He will highlight breweries like Scheidt Brewery in Norristown as well as other breweries of Montgomery County - northward to the Schuykill’s headwaters to the north of “America’s Oldest Brewery” in Pottsville. Come hear about brewing in the Schuylkill River valley: past, present and future.

Rich Wagner’s interest in brewing began in 1980 with a summer vacation camping and visiting Pennsylvania breweries for tours and hospitality. Over the next seven years he visited approximately four hundred brewery sites throughout the state. He has researched the history of brewing and has self-published guidebooks and conducted tours throughout many parts of Pennsylvania. In 1994 he received a diploma in brewing technology from Siebel Institute of Technology, the nation’s oldest brewing school in Chicago, and spent seven years working in Philadelphia breweries. He and his wife have conducted brewing demonstrations over an open fire with a copper kettle throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. In addition to his guidebooks, Rich is the author of Philadelphia Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Cradle of Liberty and is a frequent contributor to publications aimed at the craft brewing industry and breweriana collectors.

The Making History Greater series features scholars, authors, and historians who are currently working on telling new stories about the complexity of our region’s history. The event on Thursday, February 22, 2018 will begin at 6:30 with a social gathering and light refreshments. This presentation will begin at 7:00 pm and last for about an hour with time for questions at the end. This program is free and open to the public.

Tuesday March 6, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Maximizing Ancestry.com


For 2018, the Historical Society of Montgomery County will be adding a few new, special-topic genealogy classes to our schedule!

Our first special-topic genealogy class, Maximizing Ancestry.com will take place on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 6:30 pm.

Ancestry.com is one of the most popular and valued genealogical tools in the world. Understanding and maximizing its usefulness is essential to efficiently search and record your family’s history. Professional genealogist Sydney F. Cruice Dixon will present a program at the Historical Society of Montgomery County in which she will share tips and search strategies to help researchers become more effective family genealogists and ensure individuals are getting the most of their Ancestry.com subscription.

Sydney F. Cruice Dixon is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She has been actively researching family genealogies since 1995. In addition to conducting research and providing genealogical coaching, Dixon currently teaches both beginner and intermediate level genealogy courses. She also lectures regularly throughout the tri-state area. She is also a member of the planning committee for the Main Line Genealogy Club in the Philadelphia area.

The program is free for our members and $10 for non-members. Please contact us at (610) 272-0297 to reserve your spot!

Saturday March 31 - All Day


CLOSED


The Historical Society of Montgomery County will be closed on Saturday, March 31, 2018 for the Easter holiday weekend.

Tuesday April 17, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Reading Your House, Researching Your Home


Many people entering the doors of our Research Library & Archives are searching for information about their home. When was it built? What did it look like originally? Why does it look the way it does now? What can I do to preserve it? Who built it and who lived in it? Our new workshop series this spring will offer an introduction to some resources and tools that will help anyone discover a little more about their home.
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The workshop will take place on two evenings in April. Reading Your House, on April 17, 2018 will introduce attendees to the fundamental tools you’ll need to start seeing your house in a new light. We’ll cover introductory topics on historic architecture including: formal and vernacular architecture, regional differences in house types (pre-1850), basic styles and construction techniques from 1700 to 1920, how to measure and draw a house, and how to look around at the landscape of houses in Montgomery County.

Part 2 of the course, on April 24, Researching Your Home, will examine various documents related to house construction and occupancy that will give researchers more information about how houses and architecture function. We’ll look at deeds and probate records, mechanics’ liens, maps, census and tax records, and other sources of documentary evidence relating to houses. We’ll also spend part of this session looking at various local and regional resources that relate to the restoration and preservation of historic architecture.

Where:
Classes will be held at 1654 DeKalb Street, Norristown, PA in the Meeting Room of the Historical Society of Montgomery County

When:
April 17, 2018  6:00pm to 8:00pm – Reading Your House
April 24, 2018  6:00pm to 8:00pm – Researching Your Home

Cost:
Cost to attend each individual class is $25.00 per class for members of the Historical Society of Montgomery County and $30.00 for non-members. Cost to attend both sessions is $40.00 for members of the Historical Society of Montgomery County and $50.00 for non-members.  Call 610-272-0297 to register.

Tuesday April 24, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Reading Your House, Researching Your Home


Many people entering the doors of our Research Library & Archives are searching for information about their home. When was it built? What did it look like originally? Why does it look the way it does now? What can I do to preserve it? Who built it and who lived in it? Our new workshop series this spring will offer an introduction to some resources and tools that will help anyone discover a little more about their home.
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The workshop will take place on two evenings in April. Reading Your House, on April 17, 2018 will introduce attendees to the fundamental tools you’ll need to start seeing your house in a new light. We’ll cover introductory topics on historic architecture including: formal and vernacular architecture, regional differences in house types (pre-1850), basic styles and construction techniques from 1700 to 1920, how to measure and draw a house, and how to look around at the landscape of houses in Montgomery County.

Part 2 of the course, on April 24, Researching Your Home, will examine various documents related to house construction and occupancy that will give researchers more information about how houses and architecture function. We’ll look at deeds and probate records, mechanics’ liens, maps, census and tax records, and other sources of documentary evidence relating to houses. We’ll also spend part of this session looking at various local and regional resources that relate to the restoration and preservation of historic architecture.

Where:
Classes will be held at 1654 DeKalb Street, Norristown, PA in the Meeting Room of the Historical Society of Montgomery County

When:
April 17, 2018  6:00pm to 8:00pm – Reading Your House
April 24, 2018  6:00pm to 8:00pm – Researching Your Home

Cost:
Cost to attend each individual class is $25.00 per class for members of the Historical Society of Montgomery County and $30.00 for non-members. Cost to attend both sessions is $40.00 for members of the Historical Society of Montgomery County and $50.00 for non-members.  Call 610-272-0297 to register.

Tuesday May 1, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Introduction to Genealogy Workshop


Looking to get started on researching your family tree? Then you won’t want to miss our Spring Genealogy course which will introduce you to the tricks and tools you’ll need to get started as a genealogical detective.

Classes will be held at 1654 DeKalb Street on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

The course includes 4 classes held on May 1, 8, 15, 22

Cost for the series is $40 for non-members, $10 for members. Call (610)272-0297 or use the button below to register.

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Tuesday May 8, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Introduction to Genealogy Workshop


Looking to get started on researching your family tree? Then you won’t want to miss our Spring Genealogy course which will introduce you to the tricks and tools you’ll need to get started as a genealogical detective.

Classes will be held at 1654 DeKalb Street on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

The course includes 4 classes held on May 1, 8, 15, 22

Cost for the series is $40 for non-members, $10 for members. Call (610)272-0297 or use the button below to register.

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Tuesday May 15, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Introduction to Genealogy Workshop


Looking to get started on researching your family tree? Then you won’t want to miss our Spring Genealogy course which will introduce you to the tricks and tools you’ll need to get started as a genealogical detective.

Classes will be held at 1654 DeKalb Street on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

The course includes 4 classes held on May 1, 8, 15, 22

Cost for the series is $40 for non-members, $10 for members. Call (610)272-0297 or use the button below to register.

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Tuesday May 22, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Introduction to Genealogy Workshop


Looking to get started on researching your family tree? Then you won’t want to miss our Spring Genealogy course which will introduce you to the tricks and tools you’ll need to get started as a genealogical detective.

Classes will be held at 1654 DeKalb Street on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

The course includes 4 classes held on May 1, 8, 15, 22

Cost for the series is $40 for non-members, $10 for members. Call (610)272-0297 or use the button below to register.

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Saturday May 26 - All Day


CLOSED


We will be closed on Saturday, May 26, 2018 and Monday, May 28, 2018 in order to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend.

Saturday May 26, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Memorial Day Observance


hancocktomb300We will be hosting our Annual Memorial Day Observance on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Historic Montgomery Cemetery, One Hartranft Avenue, West Norriton Township. Come spend the day with our community as we honor our veterans and learn about their stories.

With almost 6000 known burials, Historic Montgomery Cemetery holds the remains of some of the most prominent citizens, veterans and reformers in the county and nation. Over 400 veterans are buried in Montgomery Cemetery from the War of 1812 through the Korean War. The observance will begin at 11:00 am and ends at 1:00 pm.

 

Monday May 28 - All Day


CLOSED


We will be closed on Saturday, May 26, 2018 and Monday, May 28, 2018 in order to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend.

Wednesday July 4 - All Day


CLOSED


We will be closed Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in order to celebrate Independence Day.